Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB

Aron Schatz
Logan King
September 2, 2009
Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB
Kingston marks its entry into the SSD market with their new SSDNow V Series and while it targets the value segment, it provides good enough performance for the mainstream.

Page 1: Intro, Kingston's Approach, Box, Parts, Specs


While hard drive makers are scrambling to gain new technologies for the coming transition to all SSDs, memory makers are taking the move in stride as it is their technology that is driving the market. For manufacturers such as Kingston, SSDs give another market for their primary product of memory chips. Since a solid state dish is just a mashing of specific flash and a controller, it makes sense that these companies have embraced the new market. Kingston has previously re-branded the excellent Intel X series SSDs for their line up, but recently added their in house manufactured V Series. The V means value, and that's what you are getting with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB drive.

Kingston's Approach

While many companies have jumped on the SSD bandwagon and released some really bad SSDs based on a controller that was awful for performance (JMicron), Kingston selected to partner with Intel initially to provide the top of the line drives. Months of testing and validation had to pass before the controllers were stable and had good performance before Kingston would approach making their own line of drives. Once the stability of the controller was there, Kingston finally designed their own line of drives in the form of the V Series. It is an MLC drive and targets the value segment of the market. It should be competitive with traditional hard drives and good for people that don't need the ultra high capacity that traditional magnetic drives currently reign supreme on.



Kingston packages the SSDNow V Series in a black box with a few different color accents. The retail kit that was sent is the desktop kit. There are two other versions (a notebook kit and a bare drive).



For the desktop kit, Kingston packs in a bootable CD with Acronis cloning software so you can easily clone your old drive onto the brand new shiny SSD. The notebook kit offers a USB hard drive kit to put your old drive in (smart thinking).


The kit also provides 2.5"-3.5" mounting brackets as well as the cabling. The mounting bracket is a very nice addition considering most cases still don't offer 2.5" drive bays.


  • Fast -- up to 100MB/sec. read; 80MB/sec. write
  • Performance -- enhances productivity; makes users more efficient
  • Innovative -- 2.5" form factor; uses NAND flash memory components.
  • Silent -- Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
  • Reliable -- less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
  • Shock Resistant -- No moving mechanical parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions.
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. -- Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology tells the user when a drive is about to fail
  • Guaranteed -- 3 year legendary Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support

  • Capacity* -- 64GB, 128GB
  • Storage Temperatures -- -40° C to 85° C
  • Operating temperatures -- 0° C to 70° C
  • Vibration Operating -- 2.17 G (7--800Hz)
  • Vibration Non-Operation -- 20 G (20--2000Hz)
  • Power Specs --128GB Active: 2.5W (TYP) Sleep: 0.45W (TYP)
  • Life expectancy -- 1 million hours mean time before failure


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