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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    • paulWTAMU
    • 10 years ago

    tempted to get the 64 gig one as an OS/game drive. But I can’t fit all my games on that and I can’t split steam games up on two different drives because (I think) the whole steam folder has to be on one drive.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    Not to say that SSD aren’t worth every penny, they are. I just won’t get one till they are 100 or less for 1 Tb.

      • anotherengineer
      • 10 years ago

      lolz So approx the same as regular hdd prices

      I predict you will be waiting for about hmmm say 12 yrs 😀

        • conjurer
        • 10 years ago

        2-3 years.
        Now: 64 gb for 100$
        After 1 year: 128 – 196 gb for 100$
        After 2 year: 256-512 GB for 100$
        After 3 year: 1TB~ for 100$

        After 5 year: SSD replaces HDD on almost all new computers. HDD only for file storage.

          • StashTheVampede
          • 10 years ago

          It will be sooner than that for notebooks, honestly. Once those OEMs get on board and just declare that they are going SSD only on their stock config and those are under $1k, the market will start to dramatically fall.

          We’re still looking at pretty early tech (ihmo) and the race to the bottom hasn’t really started (too many players).

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 10 years ago

            Netbooks commonly had SSDs when flash was cheaper. It’s getting back to that point and there will be a squillion Bobcat laptops and “smartbooks” cropping up. That could change things very quickly.

          • clone
          • 10 years ago

          SSD’s will not be coming down that fast.

          the price for SSD’s is in the material it’ll take die shrinks that allow more space on each chip before the price drops.

          HDD’s came down in price because disk capacity went from 36gb to 250gb in rapid succession.

          SSD’s won’t be making those leaps anytime soon.

          “slow” hard disk drives will be on the market for 10 years and likely quite a bit longer.

          Hybrid drives have been bandied about and it’d be nice to see a 128gb SSD inside a 1tb HDD, that would allow the best of both worlds…. at least for now.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 10 years ago

            It already made that leap…then it made another leap right back up. The price is more dependent on supply and demand right now than manufacturing tech. It could potentially come down very quickly within the next year or so.

            • clone
            • 10 years ago

            Scissor where are the 1tb SSD’s?

            SSD’s wont’ be coming down or getting radically bigger in 1 year.

            each die shrink is going to be that much harder and take that much longer to achieve, I could of course be massively in error but I don’t see 1tb SSD’s for $100.00 in 3 years, more like 5 and they won’t be $100 no matter how much I’d love them to be.

    • Voldenuit
    • 10 years ago

    JMicron? No thanks.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      Yeah, better not buy anything with micro processors in it, for that matter. Who knows how many of them might have come from a company that made something less than ideal years ago!

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 years ago

        JMicron “solved” their issues on the 618 primarily by increasing the cache (from 8 to 16 to 64 kB). The controller is still pretty shoddy, and drives using it finished in pretty much the last place for random reads and write:

        §[<http://www.anandtech.com/show/2968/intel-s-x25-v-kingston-s-30gb-ssdnow-v-series-battle-of-the-125-ssds/6<]§ So yes. JMicron not want!

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          …so what does that mean it makes your computer do worse, exactly?

            • Voldenuit
            • 10 years ago

            Why would anyone buy a SSD that spends a lot of its time in or near last place in benchmarks? Especially since it’s no cheaper than its faster, more capable competitors.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 10 years ago

            Low end Kingston drives are almost always the cheapest thing. They could say the MSRP is over $9,000 but they’ll undercut whatever the flavor of the month drive’s price is.

    • grantmeaname
    • 10 years ago

    For more than the C300? Methinks not.

    • Mystic-G
    • 10 years ago

    Do most people who buy the low storage version, buy them for just the OS install?

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    Um, where is the improvement? The last generations are about the same as this, performance -wise.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      They might cost slightly less, key word being might, because they’re just going to use them to slightly undercut everyone else, as always.

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      They only quoted seq read/writes. From just that you cant say what real world performance is like. You dont say a drag racer will be faster than a formula 1 car around Monaco because it has a higher top speed.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 10 years ago

    Man, seems like you’d just use the better controllers if you’re still going to charge THAT much for the VALUE drives. Especially considering the power utilization and the heat produced by that controller compared to an Indilinx, Sandstorm, Micron’s, or Intel’s controllers.

    If Toshiba is selling them to Kingston for a song, then why is Kingston squandering that by pricing their drives not THAT far below everyone else? I’d imagine Indilinx controllers are cut down pretty cheap by now and they’re still great performers…

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      l[< If Toshiba is selling them to Kingston for a song, then why is Kingston squandering that by pricing their drives not THAT far below everyone else? I'd imagine Indilinx controllers are cut down pretty cheap by now and they're still great performers... <]l Simple: because they can. Performance doesn't matter that much - price is more important... as long as it's slightly below the higher-performing drive prices, it'll sell.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    Ugh…another year of low speed drives with high power consumption. Fail on a stick, Kingston. Where’s a 60GB version of the 30GB drive?!?

    • DancinJack
    • 10 years ago

    Weird that the 128GB and 256GB versions have slower read speeds than the 64GB model.

    • Duck
    • 10 years ago

    Meh

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