Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive

Posted by on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 4:10pm

Kingston V+ 200The V+ 200 is offered in several different size variations including: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The drive takes advantage of a SandForce SF-2281 controller that has made a big name for itself over the past year and a half. And if you have been in the market for a SSD you should that the SF-2281 controller is capable of reproducing some really nice data transfer number which we will talk about in the review.

Introduction to the Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive

I have being around Kingston solid state drives from the very beginning it started back in my retail days. So I am quite familiar with them. But this is the first time we have had one on the bench. Kingston has catered to the enthusiast as well as the enterprise crowds.

If you did not think there was a difference than you are wrong. Most of the time the enterprise or business class drives tends to be tested different and in the case of the business class tend to include some type of data protection and other means to make the drive more reliable. And this is the case for other Kingston V+ 200 we will be testing today.

The V+ 200 is offered in several different size variations including: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The drive takes advantage of a SandForce SF-2281 controller that has made a big name for itself over the past year and a half. And if you have been in the market for a SSD you should that the SF-2281 controller is capable of reproducing some really nice data transfer number which we will talk about in the review.

Kingston’s take on the V+ 200

Kingston’s SSDNow V+200 is designed for everyday business — but there’s nothing ordinary about it. This innovative drive features a second-generation SATA Rev. 3.0 SandForce Processor for best-in-class sequential read/writes combined with Asynchronous NAND for exceptional quality and performance at an affordable price. It’s the perfect balance of performance and affordability and easy to integrate into corporate asset refresh cycles. V+200 offers Data Integrity Protection that features DuraClass™ Technology plus RAISE™ for advanced data reliability. V+200 is available in a range of capacities to meet your business needs.


Form factor: 2.5”
Interface: SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) , SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
Capacities1: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Sequential reads2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 - 535MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 - 280MB/s

Sequential writes2:
SATA Rev. 3.0 - 60GB – 460MB/s | 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, 480GB – 480MB/s
SATA Rev. 2.0 - 260MB/s

Sustained Random 4k Read/Write2:
60GB – 12,000/47,000 IOPS
90GB – 20,000/47,000 IOPS
120GB – 20,000/44,000 IOPS
240GB – 36,000/43,000 IOPS
480GB – 43,000/30,000 IOPS

Max Random 4k Read/Write2:
60GB – 85,000/60,000 IOPS
90GB – 85,000/57,000 IOPS
120GB – 85,000/55,000 IOPS
240GB – 85,000/43,000 IOPS
480GB – 75,000/34,000 IOPS

three-year warranty with free 24/7 support

Power Consumption:
0.565 W (TYP) Idle / 1.795 W (TYP) Read / 3.230 W (TYP) Write

Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 85°C
Operating Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C
Dimensions: 69.85 x 100 x 9.5mm
Weight: 115 grams
Vibration Operating: 2.17G
Vibration Non-Operating: 20G
MTBF: 1,000,000 Hrs
Total Bytes Written (TBW):
60G: 38.4TB
90G: 57.6TB
120G: 76.8TB
240G: 153.6TB
480G: 307.2TB


    • Multiple capacities — the right capacity to meet your storage standards
    • Endurance — Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraClass Technology
    • Dependable — RAISE™ for advanced data reliability
    • Secure — Self-Encrypting drive
    • Durable — DuraWrite™ optimizes writes to extend endurance
    • Guaranteed — three-year warranty

Closer look

The V+ 200 is one of four drives under the SSDNow Business marker. The others are the 100, 180, our 200 and the KC100. The first two models are based around the SATA I and II controller while the latter are on the more current SATA III controller but is backward compatible to the older two.

The V+ 200is a great deal for the consumer as well as for anyone in any type of business environment reason being the nice price point. For about $160 or so you can have one fine drive. Yes, we know that solid state drive prices are dropping like flies and many can be had for less than this asking price. But with the Kingston model you get a drive from a reputable company as well as a drive that does have any known issues. And plus the three warranty doesn’t hurt.

Another advantage for the Kingston drive is the added features that prolong the life of the drive and helps to protect your data. This begins with the DuraClass Technology with RAISE.  DuraClass is basically a list of features implemented by SandForce and Kingston to help the drive maintain to its high level of performance, help to increases the drive’s reliability and aids in garbage collection which we know can impact the performance of the drive.

There isn’t too much that can be said about the outside appearance of a SSD that hasn’t already being said. The V+ 200 comes in the standard 2.5” form factor based around a flat gray metal casing. For connectivity to the system board a SATA connector is used. As stated before this is a SATA III drive making advantage of the higher data transfer rate of the onboard controller.

Opening the drive up we see what it is actually made of. There are a total of sixteen Intel 8GB NAND modules; eight on one side and another eight on the opposite side. This are MLC NANDs made using 25nm architecture. Sitting along is the SandForce SF-2281 controller.

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM


HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

256MB Total Length

2GB Total Length

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.



AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

Random Write

Read Suite

The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Write Performance

Read Performance


The Kingston V+ 200 shows the performance numbers of what is typical of a SandForce powered solid state drive. Much of the time we saw the V+ 200 number were pretty constant across the board. Some times we are so focused on the peak and valleys of the performance charts, we forgot that isn't the most important detail. And what else amazed us was the fact the drive still performed well with all the self encrypting it is performing.

Granted the drive is aimed at the business professional rather the gamer or enthusiast, we feel that if your data is that important to you we would definitely recommend this drive to you no matter what PC user type you are. The encrypting, RAISE feature, DuraWrite option as well as the three year warranty are all reasons we are glad to have this drive on our test bench from here on out.

For those that are now worried about the extra features and want all out performance may want to take a look at the new HyperX line from Kingston. It is available in 120GB, 240GB and 240GB. Our V+ 200 model is offered in the range of 60GB to 480GB.

The price on our 120GB model was pretty ideal considering all the extra features and options. The average pricing was in the neighborhood of $140-$150, making it a good deal.

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