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Kingston SNV425-S2 SSD Review

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The Kingston SSDNow V Series drive (SNV425-S2) represents the manufacturer's entry-level consumer solid state drive. Built in three capacities (30, 64, and 128GB), the V Series drives are designed as an upgrade option for those seeking the performance of an SSD, but at a lower price point than the current crop of enthusiast- and enterprise-centric solid state drives.

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The Kingston SSDNow V Series drive (SNV425-S2) represents the manufacturer's entry-level consumer solid state drive. Built in three capacities (30, 64, and 128GB), the V Series drives are designed as an upgrade option for those seeking the performance of an SSD, but at a lower price point than the current crop of enthusiast- and enterprise-centric solid state drives.

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It's a disservice to the readers to show the Toshiba controller and not discuss the JMicron heritage. At the least if you want to leave a neutral spin on it and not make a negative statement you should call it a Toshiba/JMicron controller and let the reader google why the second name is attached.

It'd also be nice to clearly specify how much DRAM is on the board as cache as the Toshiba/JMicron controller has almost no cache internally and Indilinx Barefoot drives (which compete with this) always advertise the cache amount. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1237/2/ says it is 64MB.

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In the comment for the HTPC results, you state: "[...]the V Series drive only manages to pull roughly have the speed of its more expensive Kingston peer[...]. I think that should read "half the speed"!

It would also be useful to mention in the review text the different model numbers for the bare drive (S2), notebook bundle (S2BN) and desktop bundle (S2BD).

Average write latency performance was also toward the better end of average, though the device's occasional uptake problems are reflected in exceptionally long maximum times for this test.

That's a hell of a long maximum latency - almost 1.5 seconds to wait for a single 4K write to complete! Can you elaborate on "the device's occasional uptake problems"? There's no further mention of them, but it sounds like a potentially noticeable (and annoying) issue. Is this something to do with the JMicron legacy dhanson865 mentioned above? Even if it's not a noticeable problem in real life, it would be helpful to explain this in the article, rather than drop hints and not follow them up!

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The long response time was a one time hit in the entire test. Subsequent tests showed similar spikes, but as you can see by the average they weren't frequent and it still managed to beat out the V+ Series SSD in average latency.

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