Kingston SSDNow V+200 Upgrade Bundle Kit SSD review

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SSD (Solid State Drive) has become popular nowadays and most computer enthusiasts would want an SSD on their laptops, Ultrabooks, MacBooks, and even on their Desktop machines. The price has also gone more and more affordable these days. An SSD has a much faster read and write compared to the traditional HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and does not have any moving parts inside, so it uses less power and safer from bumps.

Kingston has a variety of SSD drives that are geared towards different segments: general consumers, business, and enterprise. The one that I have here to review is the Kingston SSDNow V+200, aimed for the general market.

Kingston is offering a different capacity on its V+200 model: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. The review sample that I have is the 240GB and it comes with an upgrade bundle kit.

Kingston SSDNow V+200 (with Upgrade Bundle Kit) packaging:

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It comes with:

  • The 2.5″ V+200 SSD
  • 2.5″ USB enclosure + cable
  • SATA 3.0 cable
  • SATA Power cord cable
  • CD containing Acronis software to clone your current hard drive if you want to migrate from an existing one
  • USB
  • 3.5″ mounting brackets + screws

If you want to mount the SSD into your standard desktop, you’ll need to mount it first with the included 3.5″ mounting brackets. Installation is fairly simple though since this is my first time to install SSD on my computer, I needed to watch some YouTube videos to find out how to screw it onto the mounting brackets.

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After tightening all the screws (which are included in the packaging), all is set.

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Alternatively, if you are not planning to use the SSD as a desktop drive, you can use the enclosure and plug it as an external drive (via USB). The enclosure looks really nice and being made with a good material.

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It’s also entirely screw-free so you can just open the enclosure up and snap the V+200 in like a charm. Kingston also includes a USB 2.0 cable to plug the drive externally into your USB slot. Unfortunately, it does not support USB 3.0.

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Benchmark

Using the Crystal Disk Benchmark, I’ve made some comparisons.

On my good old 7200 RPM HDD:

Hard Drive

Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB Benchmark (running on IDE mode, incompressible data):

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Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB Benchmark (running on AHCI mode, incompressible data):

AHCI

These 2 tests show that the Kingston SSDNow V+200 definitely runs better in AHCI mode.

Running in Compressible mode shows an awesome speed of the drive:

Kingston Compressible test

The ATTO Disk Benchmark (which is a benchmark specifically made for SSD) shows a 500 MB/sec read speed and about 450 MB/sec write speed.

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark

If you are not into benchmarking, suffice to say that the Kingston SSDNow V+200 gives me a great boost of speed on the desktop experience (such as opening applications, copying files, etc). It also went really smooth during the Windows 8 startup. My Windows 8 startup time (to go to the logon screen) is around 10 seconds and after I log in, I can use my desktop almost instantly (compared to half a minute of waiting for my start-up programs to load-up on my old hard drive). This was tested on an AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 955BE processor with 8 GB Kingston DDR3 PC-10600/1333 memory, on the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H motherboard (SATA 3 6Gbs).

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All in all, I’m really satisfied having the Kingston SSDNow V+200 in my desktop machine. Startup, sleep, and wake-up time has significantly been improved compared to my previous 7200RPM hard drive. The drive is also quiet (not that I can get annoyed with a loud regular old hard drive), light (if you are going for the external solution), and the included upgrade kit makes it easier for people to upgrade their current machine.

Acronis (the clone software included) is a popular software and you can move your current operating system and its files easily from your old drive to the V+200 SSD. This SSD Drive is definitely not the fastest but if this is the first time you are getting your SSD, then you’ll love the extra burst of speed.

Rating by Michael Aulia: 7/10 stars
***1/2

Note: Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB review sample was provided for the review




Kingston's SSDNow V+200 is designed for everyday business - but there's nothing ordinary about it. This innovative drive features a second-generation SATA Rev. 3.0 SandForce Processor for best-in-class sequential read/writes combined with Asynchronous NAND for exceptional quality and performance at an affordable price. It's the perfect balance of performance and affordability and easy to integrate into corporate asset refresh cycles. V+200 offers Data Integrity Protection that features DuraClass Technology plus RAISE for advanced data reliability. V+200 is available in a range of capacities to meet your business needs.
List Price:$479.00 USD
New From:$419.31 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

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  • http://www.geckoandfly.com Ngan Tengyuen

    am still waiting for the price to drop, i can’t wait to upgrade to SSD. I think it is cheaper than buying a brand new laptop since mine is still performing well.

    Do note that the read and write speed varies depending on the brand and quality of a SSD.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      I’m sure the price will drop higher and higher as competition grows more fierce in the market.

      Yeah, there are lots of other models that are faster than the SSDNow V+200 (though of course, they are more pricey)