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Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Desktop Bundle Review (with RAID!)

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
Tagged:

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

Internals:


The glaring difference with this new economical drive?  Only 5 flash chips, which means only 5 of the 10 channels of the Intel controller are utilized.

Closer examination of the part numbers reveals this unit is actually a baby X25-M G2.  The controller (PC29AS21BA0), RAM (48LC16M16A2), and flash (29F64G08CAMD1) is identical to that of the 80GB X25-M G2.  And before you ask - yes, that is 34nm flash.

Specific
for this review:

Single drive testing was done with our testbed in AHCI mode.  RAID testing was done with the ICH10R set to RAID mode with the IMSM (Intel Matrix Storage Manager) software installed and write-back caching enabled at the driver level.  All values will be obtained under XP X64 to keep the test data consistent with previous testing. 
Windows 7 was not required for these tests because the V Series does not employ TRIM-enabled firmware (it is based loosely on the Intel 'G1' revision controller firmware at present, but Kingston has stated they may release a TRIM enabled firmware at a future date).

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 ioDrives, DDRDrives, 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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