We have taken a look at the V Series performance compared to many of today's latest and greatest drives and found that it runs about half of the speed of the best on the market. There is one area that none of these over achievers can begin to compare to the V Series, cost. The Kingston SSDNow V Series is the lowest cost solid state drive on the market today. At 140 USD for the 64GB version that we tested here today, the drive is extremely affordable. The cost versus performance of the V Series is the best ratio of any solid state drive on the market. When it really comes down to it the drive is running at half the speed of drives costing three to four times as much. For the average consumer who does not need the cutting edge and is looking for the best bang for the buck, this is a product that deserves your attention.
There will always be ill feelings about the JMicron 602 controller; the damage done runs so deep it can be considered a scandal. Just because the controller used in the V Series is based on the 602, it would not be fair to Kingston and Toshiba to consider it a one to one match. The chipset has been improved upon thanks to Toshiba and Kingston. In our very real world usage test, where it is installed in one of my systems as the boot drive and running applications, we were not able to force the system into a state where stuttering was noticed.
The best thing about the V Series is that it still retains the best quality in solid state drives, low access times. When it really comes down to it, most users rarely need to transfer 200 MB/s, but everyone feels instant data access. Low boot times and having a sustained transfer rate of over 100MB/s isn't too bad either. The complete package that is included with the notebook bundle is very impressive. Acronis on its own is a 50 USD value, but the inclusion of the drive bay really puts it over the top.
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