Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB

The SSDNow V+200 is designed for business users, using asynchronous memory versus the HyperX's synchronous chips for "the perfect balance of performance and affordability". It still uses SandForce's SF-2281 and comes in five capacities: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. All have read speeds of 535MB/s (20MB/s slower than the HyperX). The 60GB has write speeds of 460MB/s while the 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB tout 480MB/s (also 20MB/s slower than the HyperX).

Like most SSDs, the SSDNow V+200 adheres to the 2.5" form factor, measuring 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm and weighing 115g. They consume up to 3.2 watts in use and only 0.56 watts at idle, which is slightly more than the HyperX 3K.

The SSDNow V+200 comes loaded with 25nm Intel 29F64G08ACME3 MLC NAND flash memory. Our review sample has sixteen 16GB NAND ICs for a total capacity of 256GB, but again, this drive is marketed as 240GB because 16GB is reserved for data parity (8GB for RAISE), garbage collection, and block replacement. Once formatted, 240GB drops to 224GiB, losing roughly 7% in the GB to GiB conversion.

Priced at $335 ($350 with an upgrade kit), the SSDNow V+200 240GB costs $1.37 per gigabyte, which is about equal to the HyperX drives (last year's models, not the 3K units we're covering in this review).

Again, Kingston states that the 240GB version supports a Total Bytes Written (TBW) rating of 153.6TB and you'd have to write 140GB of data per day for three years to exceed that -- highly unlikely, to say the least. We believe most users will only average about 10GB worth of writes per day, which means even the 60GB SSDNow V+200 should last up to 10 years based on Kingston's calculations.

As with the HyperX 3K, the SSDNow V+200 is backed by a three-year warranty, which is fairly standard.