Largest capacity SSDNow drive to date
Kingston Technology today introduced the latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series, the V310 . What's special about the V310 is that it's a 960GB SSD, the largest capacity available in Kingston's entire stable of SSDs (the second largest is 480GB, which is available in Kingston's HyperX 3K and V300 Series). The V310 also swaps the custom LSI controller found in the V300 Series for a Phison 3108 controller.
Capacity is the main selling point here, as the V310 won't break any speed records. Kingston rates the read and write speeds at 450MB/s, along with random 4k read and write performance of up to 40,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS, respectively. These are respectable, if not a tad underwhelming figures across the board.
"Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," said Ariel Perez , SSD business manager, Kingston. "SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment."
The V310 will be available as a standalone drive as well as all-in-one upgrade kits for desktops and notebooks. While it's out of stock on Kingston's website , it appears that pricing will be in the neighborhood of $910 , pricing has yet to be determined.
Kingston reached out to Maximum PC to let us know that the price will NOT be $910, as reflected on its website. Apparently that's an intentionally inflated MSRP so that it doesn't compete with in-stock items on Kingston's website. Kingston's currently working on ramping up inventory and expects the usual suspects -- Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect -- to sell the drive at a much cheaper price within the next few days.