Kingston today introduced the SSDNow V+100 solid-state drive, which features an “always on” garbage collection function, allowing it to be “optimized in both TRIM and Non-TRIM supported operating systems.” With the new SSDNow V+100 series, which is 25 percent faster than the previous generation, Kingston is trying to lure those enterprises that are still on older legacy OS' such as Windows Vista and XP that do not support TRIM.
The company has even added a 96GB option to its SSD range for the first time owing to consumer demand for “an SSD solution that ideally sits both price- and capacity-wise between the 64GB and 128GB drives.” Also available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, the drive boasts up to 230MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write speeds.
The prices are $ 220.00, $ 274.00, $ 390.00, $ 885.00, and $ 1,885.00 for the 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB stand-alone drives, respectively.
Kingston is refreshing their line of solid state drives with the SSDNow V+. The big advantage users will see in this generation of Kingston drives is support for TRIM. This should keep these pricey drives humming along smoothly throughout their life. The new drives also come in larger sizes, all the way from 64GB up to 512GB. The SSDNow V+ will be capable of 230MB/s read and 180MB/s write.
Kingston is offering a few options for interested customers. The bare OEM drive can be purchased, or for a few extra bucks there will be a bundle that comes with cloning software, a USB enclosure, cabling, and 2.5” to 3.5” mounting brackets. Pricing starts at $268 for the 64GB bare drive, and goes up to a dream shattering $1,969 for the 512GB. Tack on an extra $16 if you want the bundle, and really… at that point why be cheap?
Though solid state drives have existed for years, it is only recently that they’ve gained any sort of market penetration for average users. As we stated in our February 2009 white paper on the subject, solid state drives offer many advantages over traditional magnetic drives. Unlike mechanical hard drives, SSDs have no moving parts, so they draw less power and produce no vibrations. They’re also more resistant to physical shock. And most importantly, solid state drives offer much higher read and write speeds than traditional hard drives—at least when they’re new. Due to their NAND flash architecture, SSDs can suffer serious slowdowns once they run out of fresh blocks to write to. The TRIM command, found in Windows 7 and newer releases of the Linux kernel, aims to fix this. But what is TRIM, and why is it even necessary?
I’m looking to get a new SSD for my laptop when Windows 7 comes out, and I just read a review on Newegg warning about a drive not supporting Win7’s TRIM feature. A Google search gave me the basics on TRIM, but how important is it, really? I’m having trouble finding which drives support it and am wondering if I should wait before pulling the trigger.
I use my laptop for home and work, so I’d really like to do a clean install on a new drive (for restoration purposes when I really screw something up) and it seems like a perfect time to make the switch. I’m also moving from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7, so—as I understand it—I need to wipe regardless.