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SSD 2012 roundup: Sixteen 120 and 128 GB SATA 6G SSDs
by Marc Prieur
Published on June 27, 2012

Review: Kingston V200
A worldwide giant in memory manufacturing, Kingston has been making moves on the SSD market for quite some time now with its SSDNow range. Initially, Kingston simply resold rebranded Intel X25-Ms. Then the V and V+ ranges were made in association with Toshiba, which supplied the NAND for both and an in-house controller for the V+, with the V using a JMicron chip.

Since then, Kingston has moved closer to more standard solutions and uses the SandForce SF-2281 with synchronous 25nm IMFT for the HyperX (the same as the Corsair Force GT and OCZ Vertex 3) and the SandForce SF-2281 with asynchronous 25nm IMFT for the SSDNow V+ 200 (equivalent to the Corsair Force 3 and OCZ Agility 3). So as to test as wide a variety of solutions as possible we tested the Kingston SSDNow V200 as it is one of the rare SSDs to use the JMicron SATA 6G controller, the JMF66x.

The SSDNow V200 is 7mm high in its 64 and 128 GB versions and 9.5mm in its 256 GB version. It's guaranteed for three years and is sold both alone and in a box version as:

- PC laptop update kit: Cloning software, an installation video, an overlay to take the height of the SSD to 9.5mm, a USB 2.0 casing
- PC desktop update kit: Cloning software, installation video, a 3.5" adaptor, an SATA cable and a Molex to SATA power supply adaptor
- full kit: Everything!

We can only salute Kingston for its efforts on these different box versions.

The official specifications show that the SATA 6G interface isn’t saturated, even in reads. Random writes also seem to be a weak point on this SSD, although the level reached is more than enough for desktop usage.

Inside, there are eight Toshiba 24nm MLC flash NAND chips though apparently no Toggle type bus. They're accompanied by 2x128 MB of ProMos DDR2 with a Toshiba controller, which is in fact a JMicron SATA 6G controller. In view of the performance levels announced, it should be the JMF661 which manages flash on four channels, compared to eight on the JMF662.

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