Notice: As of June 2012, all new units ships and sold through Buy.com include revised firmware.
Kingston’s SSDNow V200 lets you stretch your system without stretching your budget. Designed for notebook and desktop hard drive replacements and upgrades, it maximizes your computer investment while boosting the performance of the system and its applications. It’s available in 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB capacity kits that make switching to an SSD easy and affordable. Kits include cables, brackets, cloning software and HDD enclosure and installation video — everything needed to get started.
SSDNow V200 makes computers more responsive than ever. Boot up is quicker and applications load faster than ever before. More reliable and more durable than a traditional hard drive, V200 is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
Kudos to Kingston for recognizing a problem and dealing with it professionally, which is a rare commodity now days. The SSDNow V200 has made a successful comeback, and just plain works from the moment you plug it in. For those of you on a budget that are looking for an inexpensive way to get yourself in the SSD game, but still want a drive that performs as advertised, the Kingston SSDNow V200 deserves a serious look.Given that the Kingston SSDNow v200 has a terrific price, and performs as advertised or above, it’s easy to award it our Overclockers Tech Gold Award!
At the end of the day, the Kingston SSDNow V200 is a remarkable comeback story about an underdog SSD that was knocked out of the ring and came back like a champion. We'll refrain from making too many Rocky movie references, but this sequel is probably worth the price of admission ... particularly when you consider that Kingston is aggressively pricing the V200 with a MSRP that is "40 percent lower" than the original V200 and actual retail store prices expected to approach around $1 per GB.
SSDs are awesome.10/8/2012
Boot times, program loading times, EVERYthing much faster than the old school mechanical drives. So glad these are now available and affordable. I'll probably never buy anything but a SSD from now on. Never have had a problem with firmware and Kingston has been around for decades.
Wonderful for Caching10/3/2012
After hearing some customer complaints about standalone performance of these drives, but unable to resist the price, Ii purchased one with the intention of using it as cache for a 2TB mechanical drive. The results were astounding. Sequential Read : 5116.669 MB/s Sequential Write : 4653.690 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 4954.714 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 4998.060 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 531.184 MB/s [129683.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 78.542 MB/s [ 19175.4 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 830.040 MB/s [202646.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 542.798 MB/s [132519.1 IOPS] Test : 1000 MB [C: 3.7% (69.8/1862.9 GB)] (x5) Date : 2012/10/03 18:04:23 OS : Windows 7 SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
Windows 7 now loads in 20 seconds...WOW!!!!
Good SSD with new firmware8/18/2012
I bought the drive with the new firmware already installed. The old firmware had an aweful write bug but has since been fixed with the new firmware. Some bechmark results - Ran the tests as Sata2 and NOT Sata3. Seq Read: 230 mb/s- Seq Write: 190 mb/s- 4k Read: 18 mb/s (This is one of the drives weaknesses)- 4k Write: 42 mb/s- Latency/Access Time - Read: 0.121ms and Write is: 0.081ms- Those scores were from AS SSD Bench. Sata2 controller, and Win7 Prem- Tip: Make sure you have Write Caching Enabled but NOT Buffer Flushing under the Policies setting! Make sure Trim is turned on. (Open cmd.exe as Admin and put in: " fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify " - If it comes back with: " DisableDeleteNotify = 0 " then Trim IS On. If it is 1 iand Not 0 then its off. If its off you can turn it on by putting this in the same cmd.exe window: " fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0 "-- Be sure to check out the: SSDLife, SSDTweaker, and TweakPrefetch (Set to Boot Only) programs for some more ways to get the most from your ssd drive. :) Jason
I have two of these. The performance is not half as good as my V+100 96GB. Very disappointed with the performance, no where close to the specs. Kingston support is also sub par. I never heard back from them. They updated their tech support to use 3rd party request submission. I can't find a phone number to call any more... Kingston, if you are listening, you better change back to the old support model or you are losing this once loyal customer.