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Kingston SSDNow V Series 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SNV125-S2/40GB

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  • 2.5"
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  • Bryan U.
  • 1/31/2010 12:34:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: These are in fact Intel Gen 2 drives rebranded by Kingston. Fast reads, decent writes. Works great in my Atom powered netbook. Low power draw and heat generation. Great upgrade makes a huge difference.

Cons: Apparently Intel decided to sell these themselves and now Kingston and Intel have had a falling out... Kingston apparently won't be offering Intel's firmware updates and so no TRIM support. Kingston is now selling SSDs from other manufacturers.

Other Thoughts: For those of us with these who run Win 7 and want TRIM there is a way... Google for it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2010 2:40:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe right boot drive

Pros: Fast and cheap. I needed a boot drive for my HTPC, but I only had two 3.5" and two 5.25"bays in my case. I was already planning on using two Caviar Green 1TB drives (in raid 1) for the storage volume (I don't trust these spinning hard disks anymore), with a BD-ROM drive and a DVD-RW. This left no open drive bays at all, so I bought this and just velcro-ed it to the side of my case.

Cons: Seems to be not as fast as my 80GB G1 Intel SSD. Also, the Intel SSD toolbox doesn't work with this, so if I had to do it over again, I'd buy the recently released Intel 40GB drive so I could use that software. I also don't like how the price crept up to $130, but even at that price, it is still worth it to me.

Other Thoughts: Maybe the speed difference between my 80GB G1 drive and this 40GB drive is because I am running Ubuntu on my laptop and Win 7 on my HTPC. Ubuntu just boots faster.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/9/2010 9:32:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNo trim support, slow performance

Pros: It's an SSD.

Cons: This part is based on Intel's G1 tech (at less than half the sequential write speed) which has not received TRIM and is unlikely to.
Only 40GB.

Other Thoughts: Get a larger capacity SSD that has better performance and real, not potentially vaporware, TRIM support.

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  • Dennis B.
  • 1/8/2010 1:06:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsSSDNow leaves me wanting more...

Pros: +Fast
+Relatively inexpensive. I said relatively
+small and lightweight
+low power consumption

Cons: +storage size - it's only usable as a boot drive really

Other Thoughts: Newegg was the first to have this for sale and if you were luck enough to be awake between 12 midnight and 3am pacific time on that fateful day in November, you could have got a helluva deal (assuming you receive the rebate). I wasn't one of those 10 people, so I waited and bought (should I say BUY) from another vendor at almost the same deal.

This thing is about the size of a deck of cards. Light too. I put it in my socket 939 AMD system, installed W7 and noticed an immediate improvement. I actually ran a time test and it shaved off over a minute of boot up time compared to my old spindle drive.

I installed in my case simply by laying it on top of my spindle drive. No brackets, velcro, duct tape or anything involved. This thing has no moving parts, so no worries.

My only complaint is the size: 40GB is just enough for a boot drive and a few essential items. I'll still have to use a spindle drive of data storage. For now anyway.

Currently no TRIM. But it's coming.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/5/2010 1:29:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood for price

Pros: Best bang for the buck currently for boot drive.

Cons: Not quite up to X25-M performance, especially the writes. Being essentially half a Intel 80gb, and supposedly using Intel firmware, don't know why that is.

Size make it useless for laptops.

Other Thoughts: CrystalDiskMark 2.2: (ssdnow)
* Seq (R/W): 194MB/45MB (per second)
* 512K (R/W): 124MB/44MB (per second)
* 4K (R/W): 20MB/30MB (per second)

CrystalDiskMark 2.2: (X25-M 80gb)(2HD firmware)
* Seq (R/W): 239MB/90MB (per second)
* 512K (R/W): 170MB/90MB (per second)
* 4K (R/W): 20MB/49MB (per second)

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  • Frank R.
  • 12/14/2009 12:22:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood inexpensive SSD

Pros: Price ($80 with rebate) and performance (near Intel x25-m SSD read performance.)

Durability. I've killed a few HDs in my work laptop. Moving to SSD was a no brainer.

Cons: Still pricy in terms of gb/$, but got a good deal on this with rebate.

No TRIM support, but I've read others were able to hack Intel's TRIM tool. Need to research more on this.

Other Thoughts: Work laptop so space wasn't an issue: Installed Win7, MS Office Ultimate, dozen other work apps and I still have about 10gb left.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/11/2009 12:18:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat drive

Pros: reasonable price for early SSD, fast read speed 160+MB/s, great random 4kb performance

Cons: below average write speeds, i contacted kingston about TRIM and i was told that there are no plans to support TRIM for these drives which really sucks.

Other Thoughts: don't bother putting this drive in a netbook, i used it with an atom 330 and ION and i barely had any increase in performance. i then put it into my desktop, core 2 duo 2.6 ghz and the performance increase was very noticeable.

my windows experience disk transfer rate went from 5 to 7.1 after putting the drive in my desktop.

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  • Eric A.
  • 12/10/2009 6:43:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRaid 0 rocks

Pros: These drives are pretty fast. Got two and put them in a striped array under Windows Pro 64. ATTO shows it hitting reads of 389 Mb/s, while writes double to 90 MB/s.

Cons: Kingston support is lacking. Contacted them inquiring about wiping the drive and eventual TRIM support. They claim "these drives are not compatible with TRIM and there is no update to make them compatible." Further, programs such as HDDErase do not recognize these drives, so no secure-erase command for resetting.

Other Thoughts: Used one of the 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive mounting brackets from Newegg - works perfectly.

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  • Daniel D.
  • 12/6/2009 5:03:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat boot drive

Pros: Faster than advertised. ATTO hits 190-195MB/S peak read speed, and I only bothered to do a few of the SSD tweaks so far. This was using Vista 32bit. Very significant speed up for the machine when used primarily for its high read speed.

Cons: Very slow write speed. This is no secret to anybody looking at this drive, but still amazing slow for a new ssd. I'm getting peak write of 46MB/S, higher than advertised.

Other Thoughts: I also installed FlashFire (software caching) in order to hopefully speed up the write speed. It only had a relatively minor improvement in ATTO benchmarking, but subjectively the machine feels significantly faster and boot times are quite impressive.

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  • Brian O.
  • 11/25/2009 11:53:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect for early adopters

Pros: The biggest pro here is cost. Other SSDs are well out of a low end price range, and Kingston did a great job sacrificing just enough storage space to get the cost down to affordable prices.
SSDs will certainly drop in price, but for someone who wants to adopt early and doesn't mind sacrificing a little space on the main drive, this is a great match.
Putting it in my HP laptop was as easy as taking out the old HDD, swapping the SATA adapter from HDD to SSD, and plugging in the new drive. From there I reinstalled Windows 7.
With Windows 7 Pro, a good amount of programs including Firefox and Office 2007, no hibernation, and a 2GB page file, I still have just under 20GB free, which is perfect for temporary storage until I can move things to my external.

Cons: Size, first and foremost. You will be making some compromises if you don't have readily available storage, especially on a laptop where you don't always have your external with you. Consider buying an 8GB to 16GB flash drive just for that "emergency" space.
The speeds aren't quite as fast as more expensive SSDs, but it still blows regular HDDs out of the water. No competition there.

Other Thoughts: I used to warm my hands on my laptop's keyboard right above the HDD, I can't do that anymore because it doesn't get as hot! Oh well.

As of 11/25/09, this drive does not have TRIM support. Kingston has stated that it is in the works.

Can't wait for the Intel 160GB G2 to get to a decent price point.

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