SSDNow V+200 SSDs Command a King's Ransom, Kingston Calls Them "Inexpensive"

Paul Lilly

A high performing solid state drive at a reasonable price is something every enthusiast wants, but they're harder to find than a needle in a mountain of hay. Kingston believes it's found that balance with its new SSDNow V+200 line. Featuring a SATA 6Gbps interface and SandForce's SF-2281 controller technology, the SSDNow V+200 offers some serious speed for "performance minded yet cost-conscious business or home users," Kingston says.

The SSDNow V+200 reads data sequentially at up to 535MB/s and writes sequentially at up to 480MB/s. For the security minded folk, the new series boasts self-encrypting drive technology. But while Kingston pegs these new drives as being "an inexpensive yet powerful upgrade," it's all relative. Here's how the price structure breaks down:

  • 60GB: $140 standalone, $156 upgrade bundle
  • 90GB: $196 standalone, $211 upgrade bundle
  • 120GB: $245 standalone, $260 upgrade bundle
  • 240GB: $479 standalone, $494 upgrade bundle
  • 480GB: $970 standalone, $985 upgrade bundle

The upgrade bundle includes cables, brackets, cloning software, and an HDD enclosure so you can mount the 2.5-inch SSDs into 3.5-inch drive bays. With or without, these might be a tough sell to home consumers. OCZ's Vertex 3, for example, sells for less at each capacity, though it's not offered in 480GB capacity. Corsair's Force Series 3 is, and it sells for around $680 street for 480GB, around $300 less than Kingston's SSDNow V+200.

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