It’s the cheery dustman of memory, says Kingston, with “improved garbage collection that is not OS dependent” – useful for an upgrade to keep older client systems ticking along. Compared to previous models, the V+ 100 drive performance is “increased by 25 percent” apparently down to an improved controller that handles data transfer more efficiently. There’s also a new 96GB capacity available.
Kingston’s particularly excited about its garbage collection feature, an always-on application that operates independently from the operating system, meaning the series works with TRIM-supported systems such as Windows 7 along with older generations like Vista and XP which don’t run with TRIM.
Sequential speed is 230MB/sec read and 180MB/sec write and it comes in 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB flavours. The PCMark Vantage scores according to Kingston’s labs are 35,046 for the 64GB, 34,971 for the 96GB, 35,073 for the 128GB and 34,795 for the 256GB models.
All models weigh a reasonable 128 grammes except for the 512GB model which clocks in at 150 grammes. Dimensions are 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm, operating temperatures are 0 to 70 C and storage temperatures are -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C. It uses 3.4 W of juice when active and 0.05 W when idle.
Expect to pay £115 for a stand alone 64GB SATA SSD, and up to £999.42 for the complete 512GB bundle.
Kingston still seems fairly confident about the state of SSD, as we reported earlier this year.