Kingston has just announced the latest addition to its SSDNow V Series family of solid-state drives. Designed for mainstream consumers, the Kingston V100 SSD
is available in 64, 128 and 256GB capacities, with all of them getting TRIM support and an optimized controller for high read and write performance of about 250MB and 230MB per second, respectively, on the larger models. The 64GB drive has the same read speed, but writes top at just 145MB/s.
The drives offer a 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps SATA interface and will be available as either standalone or in upgrade bundle kits, with the latter offering cloning software, SATA and power cables and either a 3.5-inch hard drive mounting bracket in the desktop bundle, or an external enclosure in the notebook package to use the replaced hard drive as additional storage. In terms of power consumption the new V100 SSDs will use up 6.4W during operation and 1.0W at idle. All three have a life expectancy of 1 million hours mean time before failure (MTBF) and come with a three-year warranty.
The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB versions will set you back $120, $225 and $490, respectively, while you'll need to shell out an additional $10 if you're purchasing the notebook or desktop bundles.