The first generation of Kingston SSDNow V series drives was a puzzling one.  It consisted of 64 and 128GB JMicron based drives and a later-introduced 40GB model sporting the second gen Intel controller.  The end result was their smallest capacity unit would largely outperform their older and larger capacity drive.  The 40GB model lacked TRIM support, and the subsequent release of the Intel X25-V put the last nail in its coffin.

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All of that changes today, as Kingston has revitalized the SSDNow V Series with a new line of models – all based on the new JMicron 618 controller.  The new chip should bring TRIM support and improved random access performance.  We’ll be looking at one of these and hope this new JMicron 618 can leave the previous generation’s 602 in the dust.
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 www.kingston.com. 

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