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Kingston SSDNow V100 256GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 16, 2011 2:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 81%Manufacturer: Kingston Technology

The Kingston SSDNow V100 256GB SSD

 

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Here we get our first look at the Kingston SSDNow V100. The drive is heavier than it looks; a testament to the quality of the aluminum case that holds the PCB. The top label includes the drive's capacity and model number.

 

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The back of the drive is fairly straight forward with all of the mounting points located where they should be.

 

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The side mounting points are also located within spec, so you won't have any problems installing the drive in a desktop adapter or notebook drive sled.

 

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On the back we found the SATA power and data connectors also where they should be.

 

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Inside the case we found a thermal transfer pad on the Toshiba branded JM618 controller. The SSDNow V100 uses sixteen Toshiba 32nm flash modules - eight on each side.

 

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On the opposite side we see the other eight Toshiba flash modules and a 64MB cache module made by MIRA. This is the first time we've seen MIRA in a SSD. At CES we talked to Toshiba and heard them talk about offering customers like Kingston a total Toshiba solution where the flash, cache and controller are all from Toshiba, but the V100 and V+100 both use cache from other manufacturers.

 

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