The Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB has performed exceptionally well in our tests, offering a great experience for an enthusiast user on a tight budget. Adding this drive into a new system build as a boot drive is a sure way to improve overall performance without hitting the bank balance too hard.
The SSDNow V+200 90GB suffers when dealing with incompressible data, however it is a common failing with Sandforce SF-2281 powered drives.
In real world terms this will not be that noticeable to most users, but if you need a Solid State drive to handle incompressible data on a regular basis then the money would be best invested elsewhere.
The incompressible data weakness is down to the use of Asynchronous NAND, which helps Kingston to maintain a very strong price point.
The bundle deal we reviewed today is certainly worth a look, as the external drive enclosure and Acronis software means that a ‘system swap out’ is a simple two step process. Run the software, give it some time to mirror the old drive and simply replace for a faster experience. Kingston also include SATA and power cables and the 3.5 inch mounting rails, which are really useful.
If you don’t need the extras then the bare bones drive can be bought in the United Kingdom for under £100 at time of publication, which is very competitive.
We found that this drive actually outperformed the modest Kingston read and write claims, peaking at 560 MB/s read and 510MB/s write, impressive at any price category. While there are some concerns with the long term reliability of Sandforce 2281 powered drives, Kingston offer a reassuring 3 year warranty with 24/7 customer support.
We can recommend this drive as ‘worth buying’. There is no shortage of competition, but at £92.99 inc vat the SSDNow V+200 90GB certainly should sell well.
- Great price point.
- Large enough for a boot drive with an array of software installs.
- strong compressible performance.
- performs better than Kingston claim.
- Incompressible data performance is lacking.
- tough competition.
Kitguru says: A great value for money drive.