The Kingston, Toshiba, JMicron partnership triangle is starting to produce some exciting products with good feature sets, but the SSDNow V+100 is still well behind current and upcoming products from SandForce and Marvell. With SandForce's recent announcement of new consumer products and the new Marvell controller already available on the market, we have a difficult time recommending the V+100 for Windows 7 users. Windows 7 has decent support for TRIM if you are running a single drive (not a RAID Array) the current crop of modern SSDs simply outperform the V+100 in almost every task.
Don't get me wrong, the Kingston V+100 has some strong points that should be pointed out. The advanced garbage collection is second to none and the V+100 offers very good file transfer rates. Users not running Windows 7 will enjoy having these features and the GC will make it so the drive stays fast as well.
The next issue that we found was the price. Kingston put together a really good accessory bundle; one of the best we've seen, but at 599.99 USD for the sample we tested today something doesn't add up. The 240GB SandForce SF-1200 drives are now selling for 429.99 or less on Newegg and are faster in many real world tasks. Maybe that is one reason why Kingston will join Team SandForce in 2011 and release a drive based on the new SF-2000 Series of controllers.
We are very excited to see Kingston jump back in the cutting edge SSD market and can't wait to see what they come up with while partnering with SandForce. Kingston has always been a consumer friendly company and went above and beyond when it comes to accessories and warranty.
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