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Kingston SSDNow V Series 30GB Solid State Boot Drive
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Kingston
Source: Kingston
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April 15, 2010

Kingston's line of solid state drives has something for just about everyone. From high performance - high priced drives, to a variety of more economical solutions that will still provide a speed boost when compared to a traditional hard drive. Among their more economical solid state drives (the V and V+ Series), Kingston makes things even more convenient for the end user by offering drives bundled with hardware and software to make the installation into either a desktop or laptop computer as easy as possible.

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We've taken a look at a handful of drives from Kingston's V and V+ Series of solid state drives, and this time around we actually have the smallest capacity drive on hand. This 30GB drive is intended for use as a boot drive, meaning you load your operating system and core programs to it, and use a second drive for file storage.

Before taking a closer look at the sample provided in one of Kingston's desktop upgrade kits, lets take a look at some of the published information available on the V Series product page.

Features:

» 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 TRIM - Enhances device wear leveling
» Supports S.M.A.R.T.
» Guaranteed - 3-year legendary Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support

Specifications:

» Capacity: 30GB
» Cache: 64MB onboard cache
» Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
» Operating temperatures: 0°C to 70°C
» Vibration Operating: 2.17G (7-800Hz)
» Vibration Non-Operation: 20G (20-2000Hz)
» Sequential Speed: Up to 180MB/sec. read; 50MB/sec. write
» Power Specs:
» Read: Active: 1.7W (TYP)
» Sleep: 0.05W (TYP)
» Life expectancy: 500,000 hours mean time before failure
» Part Number:
» SNV125-S2BD/30GB (desktop bundle)
» SNV125-S2/30GB (stand-alone drive)

Of most interest to me is that the 30GB drive is rated for 500,000 hours MTBF, while the same model with a capacity of either 64GB or 128GB is rated for 1,000,000 hours. Half the life expectancy seems extreme, but by the time you reach that threshold I'd like to see if you actually remember (that is just over 57 years with 24/7 operation).

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