MEMORY AND STORAGE VENDOR Kingston has released its V+200 solid state disk (SSD) drives for end-users and businesses.
Kingston's SSDNow V+ range of SSDs were touted by the firm as business oriented SSDs without providing any real reason. Now the firm's latest line of V+200 SSDs, coming two months after its V200 units, is being pitched at both end-users and businesses.
Thanks to the Sandforce SF-2281 controller, Kingston is able to cite performance figures for the SSDNow V+200 drives that are in the same ballpark as other SATA 3 SSDs. The units can hit sequential read bandwidth of 535MB/sec and sequential write bandwidth of 460MB/sec on the 60GB version, with all other units hitting 480MB/sec. When used on a SATA 2 interface, the drives drop down to read and write bandwidths of 280MB/sec and 260MB/sec, respectively. Sustained random 4K I/Os per second (IOPS) vary between the models, with read and write rates starting at 47,000 and 12,000, respectively, for the 60GB unit, to 43,000 read IOPS and 30,000 write IOPS.
Kingston flogs the V+200 in stand-alone units and as an 'upgrade bundle' adding about £7 to the price, with all units coming with a three year warranty. The V+200 comes in 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities with prices ranging from £77 to £543 for the 480GB upgrade bundle kit.
Kingston is hoping that businesses looking to upgrade their existing systems with SSDs will drive volume, with Krystian Jaroszynski, product marketing manager for Flash at Kingston Technology Europe saying, "The balance between performance and price makes this SSD deliver the best ROI as an upgrade for a fleet of corporate notebooks or desktops or the home PC." µ