|RAM||122880 MB Flash|
|Hard Drive||120 GB|
Kingston Digital, Inc. SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive with Adapter (SVP200S37A/120G)
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- 535MB/sec read and 460MB/sec write speeds
- Faster boot times and application loads than hard drives
- No moving mechanical parts gives it longer life and ability to handle rougher conditions
- Backed by Kingston's three year warranty and free tech support
- Support for SATA Rev 3.0
- 2.5-Inch SSD Drive with 7mm height
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Kingston's V+200 SSDNow solid-state drive combines exceptional quality and performance with an affordable price, making it ideal for businesses and consumers alike. It is driven by an award-winning Sand Force controller for best-in-class sequential read/write speeds and powered by a backwards-compatible SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface. For businesses, V+200 offers Data Integrity Protection that features Dura Class Technology plus RAISE1 for advanced data reliability. It's designed to take the performance hit out of software encryption, so businesses can gain back the performance lost and increase their employees' user experience. V+200 comes in multiple capacities to meet the specific client storage standards of any business. For home users and consumers, V+200 is a great way to dramatically improve the performance of desktops and notebooks on PC or Mac platforms. Solid-state drives are faster and more reliable than traditional hard drives; they're also shock-proof and run silently while generating less heat than hard drives.
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As of version 5.06, it is a total crapshoot if you will get a good drive manufactured in Taiwan or one from their other manufacturing sites in China. The mainland Chinese versions to put it nicely, don't even come close to the rated read/write speeds for this particular device, with write speeds falling from the advertised rate to a max of 240 mb/s on SATA III (device is officially rated at over 500 mb/s write speeds and the 5.05 version regularly achieves 540 mb/s).
There are similar warnings and whatnot about this issue about the drive on other sites, with some customers going so far as accusing Kingston of bait-n-switch after submitting the 5.05 to all of the review sites where it was benchmarked and scored numerous high marks and then almost immediately (within two months) releasing the 5.06 into the retail market.
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Seems I found the real culprit after speaking with several SSD experts on various tech forums, get ready for a class action lawsuit Kingston. Here's the scam, Kingston switched to cheap asynchronous memory chips that don't run in parallel after the first few months of production.
That means single channel bandwidth instead of multiple channels like earlier v300 SSD's. Instead of running at 200mhz, its running at 66mhz. This effects read and write speeds enormously.
Kingston hid this fact by using solvent on the original labeling of the memory chips, then printed their own logo on top. Kingston does not manufacture any memory themselves. When SSD was shipped out for review it used quality Toshiba 19nm NAND but Kingston used solvent on chips labels and printed their own. This was odd, but the reason for it soon became obvious. After only a few months they switched to inferior quality chips with the same Kingston label.
NO OTHER SSD MANUFACTURER ERASES ORIGINAL NAND LABEL AND PRINTS THEIR OWN ON TOP!
This is FRAUD in my opinion and Kingston could very well be seeing a class action lawsuit coming there way for this stunt. Other SSD makers have tried this crap in the past and got busted. They were forced to RMA all the drives back to synchronous memory chips which cost much more.
Kingston switched to cheaper quality NAND without saying a word. Firmware for Sandforce SSD's cannot cause you to lose 70 percent of read and write speeds. Lesson learned, never buy anything from Kingston again, they are criminals.
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer some clarification. Our V300 Solid State Drive uses the LSI SandForce 2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and MLC NAND from various manufacturers. The performance target for these drives is 450MB/s Read and Write using ATTO 2.41 with the SSD connected to a SATA 3.0 / 6Gb port. The SandForce 2281 controllers also employ a feature called DuraWrite. In simple terms, this enables data compression and minimizes the data written to the SSD. DuraWrite extends the drives endurance and overall drive life with a byproduct of increased performance. There are a number of benchmark utilities publicly available that you can use however we use ATTO Benchmark 2.41 which we feel best reflects a real world workload. ATTO is also easy to obtain and run from the utility's website. Other benchmarking utilities may use fully incompressible data as part of their standard workload. Incompressible data can negatively affect benchmark performance on both the read and write speeds of our V300 drive depending on which NAND we are using. This is irrespective of the firmware revision of the drive. If the results stated in your review are from another benchmark utility that uses incompressible data than it will not show our advertised speeds. If the drive you recieved is performing 70% slower using ATTO than we can set up a warranty replacement to get you a properly working drive. For any further assistance, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.
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Almost anyone with even moderate skills can install a SSD in a desktop PC but here a few tips that will smooth the process.
1. First, make sure your equipment is up to the task. That means SATA II or III system, with open sockets to plug this thing into (Look where your current hard drive is plugged into the motherboard or controller. There should be empty adjacent sockets). And an extra power lead from the power supply. Most desktops of the last 3 or 4 years are probably OK but open up the case and check before you order. Also make sure you understand how to get into the BIOS settings, since you will have fiddle with the boot order during the install. (In my case, press F1 during boot)
2. Save yourself a lot of time and just buy an SSD with enough capacity to cover whatever content is on your drive. I cannot stress this enough. That makes it super simple to clone the existing hard drive to the SSD with the included Arconis software and you will be up and running in a few minutes. I tried to go cheap and get a smaller drive and spent hours moving music, movies, pictures, etc onto an external hard drive. And uninstalling programs. And even then I struggled to get content down to the level needed to clone. Be aware that although the capacity of this drive is 240G, you will need to get your hard drive content down to about 220 or less to clone it. And don't forget to include all the extra partitions, etc. That became a major pain for me. Save yourself the trouble. Just buy the bigger capacity SSD. The time and aggravation it saves you is more than worth it.
3. If you insist on going cheap and downsizing, begin by downloading a program called WinDirStat, which is free at downdload.com and other sites. It will show you how much content is in each directory. That makes it easier to determine where huge amounts or content are hiding. Then you can easily reduce the content to the level you need. I had about given up on reducing content to the necessary levels until WinDirStat discovered a special directory the manufacturer used to store a complete backup of the original Windows 7 install and all included software and drivers. 45 gigs! Once I removed that, I was good to go.
4. Once you install the SSD and get it up and running, go to system settings and force it run a new Windows Experience Index. This apparently makes a few technical changes (Trim) that makes the SSD much faster. The cloning software also has this option but you can do in Windows and also immediately see the improvement in the speed of your hard drive. I went from the low 5s before to 7.6 after SSD installed (7.9 is the max score possible)
5. The mounting bracket that comes with this SSD kit can only be securely mounted if your drive cage allows drives to be mounted to the SIDE rails. Screws must come in from each side. My case had some odd BOTTOM mount setup (but thankfully had an open bay for second drive) and no holes lined up on the mounting bracked. Be prepared to improvise if the hard drive cage does not have correct configuration. Not a big deal. This thing is very light and could probably just hang loose inside the case. But if you want a proper install, this is something to be aware of.