Kingston Introduces Second-Generation SSDNow V Series Drives

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News Posted: Wed, Feb 10 2010 11:52 AM
Kingston's SSDNow V Series has been very successful for the company, and it was widely praised by reviewers when it originally launched. You know what companies do when they strike gold? They try to strike it once again.

The storage mainstay is today launching their second-generation SSDNow V Series of solid state drives, which are geared for mainstream consumers, in particular entry-level or first-time SSD users. One of the main upgrades here is the addition of TRIM support and boosted overall performance, all while keeping the prices reasonable enough for traditional HDD users to consider the switch to Flash.

The drives are expected to ship early next week, with capacities of 30GB, 64GB and 128GB. As expected, the company will sell these as standalone options or in a bundled solution for desktop/notebook upgraders. Exact details and pricing are captured in the full Press Release below.

Kingston Boosts Speed, Adds TRIM Support to Entry-Level SSD Line Second-Generation SSDNow V “Value” Series Offers Excellent Performance Increase for Mainstream Consumers

Fountain Valley, CA -- February 10, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will ship its second generation SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) on February 15. Targeted for mainstream consumers and small and medium businesses, the new Kingston® SSDNow V Series offers higher performance than its predecessor and supports Windows® 7 TRIM functionality while maintaining pricing. Capacities are 30GB, 64GB and 128GB and the drive comes as a standalone unit or with a bundled solution for desktop or notebook systems.

“Kingston has really increased the performance on the new second generation SSDNow V Series drive without raising the price. A first-generation SSDNow V Series 64GB bundle upgrade kit can be found for about $150 (U.S.) at retailers and e-tailers so maintaining pricing will be huge for our customers,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “By bundling together all of the software, hardware and step-by-step instructions with the drive, we make it easy for everyday users to upgrade with an SSD. The addition of TRIM support is a key benefit because it enables the SSD to maintain optimal performance throughout its lifespan.”

            Kingston’s SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles are the simplest, most efficient upgrade path to inject new life and performance into an existing desktop or notebook PC. There is no need to reload the operating system or do anything that would alter critical data files. The included cloning software makes it simple to move the contents of the existing hard-disk drive (HDD) to the SSD.

The SSDNow V Series upgrade bundle kits include:

         Kingston SSDNow V Series solid-state drive

         Acronis® True Image cloning software and CD installation guide

         3.5" mounting brackets and hardware (desktop bundle only)

         SATA data and power cable extenders (desktop bundle only)

         2.5" USB SATA external enclosure (notebook bundle only)

The Kingston SSDNow V Series and bundle are backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit


Kingston SSDNow V Series Features and Specifications:

         Sequential Speed*:

o        128GB: up to 200MB/sec. read; 160MB/sec. write

o        64GB: up to 200MB/sec. read; 110MB/sec. write

o        30GB: up to 180MB/sec. read; 50MB/sec. write

         PCMark® HDD 2005**:

o        128GB: 20,177

o        64GB: 21,317

o        30GB: 18,900

         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 parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions than a hard drive

         Supports TRIM: TRIM notifies the SSD which data blocks are available to be written to

         Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology

         Guaranteed: backed by a three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support

         Capacity†: 30GB, 64GB, 128GB

         Storage temperatures: -40° C to 85° C

         Operating temperatures: 0° C to 70° C

         Vibration operating: 2.17G (7-800Hz)

         Vibration non-operating: 20G (20–2000Hz)

         Power specs: 128GB, 64GB Active: 5.2W (TYP); Sleep: 0.7W (TYP)

   30GB Active: 1.7W (TYP); Sleep: 0.05W (TYP)         

         Life expectancy: 128GB , 64GB: 1 million hours MTBF

30GB: 500,000 hours MTBF

* Based on internal testing. Performance may vary based on system settings.

** Test System: Intel® DG945ID Desktop Motherboard; Intel® Core 2 Quad Q9550 CPU at 2.83GHz; 4GB system memory; Windows® XP SP3

† Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage.  For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at

Kingston SSDNow V Series Solid-State Drives   

Part Number

Capacity and Features

MSRP (U.S. only).


30GB 2.5? SATA SSD stand-alone drive

$ 109.99 (shipping 3/1/10)


64GB 2.5? SATA SSD stand-alone drive

$ 208.00


128GB 2.5? SATA SSD stand-alone drive

$ 362.00


64GB 2.5? SATA SSD notebook bundle

$ 216.00


128GB 2.5? SATA SSD notebook bundle

$ 377.00


30GB 2.5? SATA SSD desktop bundle

$ 124.99 (shipping 3/1/10)


64GB 2.5? SATA SSD desktop bundle

$ 216.00


128GB 2.5? SATA SSD desktop bundle

$ 377.00



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rapid1 replied on Wed, Feb 10 2010 12:20 PM

I am confused as in the run down it lists a 64 GB kit at $150, however nowhere in the price list is that listed. Is this shady math from the company or something? Either way I am very glad to see these price lines being put into the market. With set ups like this the higher end will have to go down to in the future. Let us just hope it's not next decade right!

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acarzt replied on Wed, Feb 10 2010 11:40 PM

$150 is for the first gen drives. That list is only second gen. Tiger Direct has them for $160 right now, but I caught a comment in the reviews that they picked it up for $130 on sale.

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realneil replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 12:33 PM

Yes,...keep improving them and keep on lowering the prices too.

One day I may be able to afford a few of them.

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gibbersome replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 12:46 PM

Yeah rapid, the price drop is welcome. An Intel 80 GB X25M will run you close to $250 vs. $275 for a 128 GB Kingston.

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