Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 480GB review

Less than £1 per gigabyte for decent SSD speeds

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As always with a SandForce controlled drive its handling of writing incompressible data isn't as impressive as when it's dealing with compressible files.

Coupled with the fact the SSDNow V+200 uses asynchronous NAND, which is none too fond of it either, and you have a bit of a double whammy. This really shows in the 4K random write test which are the slowest in the entire SSDNow V+200 lineup.

That's a common situation with SSDs around this sort of capacity, and not just SandForce-based drives either. As soon as you edge toward the 500GB mark performance just tanks.

To highlight who this drive is marketed at, the SSDNow V+200 has RAISE technology – as well as the usual DuraClass data protection technology in the SandForce controller – which helps guard data in case of flash block failures.

That ought to cut down the data errors that can cause drive failures in the long term.

Our review drive was one of the upgrade kit versions that Kingston releases in parallel with the basic drive range. The kit is probably the most extensive available.

It provides an external USB enclosure (unfortunately USB 2.0 only), a mounting bracket to fit the drive in a 3.5-inch drive bay, SATA data and power cables and cloning software.

Seeing as the upgrade kit version costs around £8 more than a bare drive, it's a no brainer which version to choose.

We liked

Only the sequential read speed of the Kingston drive is significantly off the pace compared with the much more expensive Intel 480GB drive.

You're not losing much in the performance stakes, so it offers a relatively cost-effective way of hitting high SSD capacities.

We disliked

As with all SandForce-equipped drives the incompressible data speed is sadly off the pace.

With the cheaper asynchronous flash, and higher capacity that performance drop off is even more noticeable.

Verdict

If you need a large capacity SSD, and don't necessarily need blistering performance, then it's a drive to add to your list.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilySSDNow V+200
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameKingston
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity480 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate535 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate480 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product NameSSDNow V+200 Solid State Drive
Product LineSSDNow V+200
Manufacturer Part NumberSVP200S3B/480G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kingston.com
Marketing Information

The SSDNow V+200 features the second-generation high-speed SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) SandForce SF-2281 Processor and outstanding sequential read and write speeds of up to 535MB/s and 480MB/s. The SSDNow V+200 enables fast system start-up, rapid data access and speedy copying of large files such as videos, presentations and graphics illustrations.

Packaged Quantity1
Weight (Approximate)115 g