Kingston unveils new consumer SSDs

Mere days ago, Kingston rolled out its new SSDNow V+100 solid-state drives. Today, the company is back with some new, slightly more affordable SSD goodness.

The SSDNow V100 is the latest addition to Kingston's lineup, and it appears to be aimed squarely at mainstream consumers. Kingston offers the option of buying either the bare drive or taking a bundle that includes the SSD, cloning software, cables, and 3.5" mounting brackets. The bundle adds $10 to the total price, so it's not a bad deal for folks without spare parts lying around.

Capacities for the new SSDNow V100 drives start at 64GB and top out at 256GB. Kingston says it's using the same JMicron 618 controller as in the previous-generation V series drives, but the controller has received a firmware update, and the new drives feature 32-nm NAND flash memory from Toshiba. In terms of maximum sequential speeds, Kingston quotes 250MB/s reads and 145MB/s writes for the 64GB model. The 128GB and 256GB drives have slightly slower sequential read speeds—230MB/s. Prices for bare SSDNow V100 drives range from $119.99 for the 64GB model up to $489.99 for the 256GB version.

How do these newcomers compare to last week's SSDNow V+100 drives? Kingston offers fewer V100 models, and write speeds are clearly lower in the V100 camp, but read speeds look to be in the same ballpark. Prices are definitely higher among V+100 drives, though—the 256GB V+100 is selling for $622.99 at Newegg right now.

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