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Kingston SSDNow V Series (2nd Gen) 128GB SSD Review - JMicron JMF618 Makes an Appearance!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals: 




Opening this SSD was uneventful, save for the thermal pad meant to help cool the controller.

We noted this pad is helpful as the case does get warm during heavy use.


Front and rear of the SSD mainboard.

Winbond 64MB DDR2-800 SDRAM sits next to the lightly etched Toshiba controller.

If you squint you can make out '618' as part of its model number.


16 8GB Toshiba 43nm parts make up the available 128GB of storage.

Finally a gut shot of the external enclosure, shown with the SSD installed for scale.

The enclosure is padded and did a good job of performing its duties.

  

Testing Methods 

Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks.  PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases.  If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup 

We have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated, forward thinking machine.  We made some changes to help minimize test data scatter with higher bandwidth devices.  Sound is flat out disabled, with no additional card installed.  Video was *intentionally* shifted to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of PCI Express cards (like ioDrivesDDRDrives, and high end RAID cards).  Spot checks against the previous rig showed a negligible change in test output. 

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and BFG for supplying some of the components of our test rig. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT disabled)
Motherboard Asus P6T
Memory Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card BFG Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI
Video Drivers Geforce 181.22
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows XP X64 SP2 

  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune 

  • PCPer File Copy Test

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