Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive
Serious capacity... serious price
Review Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB.
Kingston's SSDNow V+: hits half a terabyte
Targeted at “high-level" consumers, the SSDNow V+ line promises sequential read speeds of up to 230MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 180MB/s. Kingston utilises the laptop-friendly 2.5in small form-factor and adds support for TRIM in compatible operating systems.
The kit tested in this review is the “desktop upgrade” edition, which includes a USB 2.0 enclosure to help you clone your old drive onto this £1200-odd SSD - yes, that's how much Kingston wants for this boy.
Until recently, SSDs were nothing more than a curiosity to the average Joe thanks to their low storage capacity and high prices. Whilst lower capacity - think 40, 64 and 128GB - drives are now becoming more affordable, they are useful merely as boot drives which allow the user to enhance their computing experience with faster start-up times and reduced application load times.
On one side, some of the 16 32GB Toshiba Flash chips
Many people find such capacities to be restrictive, or can't fit a second hard disk - they use a notebook, for example. Laptop owners likewise can't make use of high-capacity SSDs formed by fitting two or more lesser SSDs in RAID configuration within a 3.5in disk housing.
All they have to do now
... is make it £1000 cheaper.
Are these real GB (gigabytes) or GiB (gibibytes)?
Not that it really matters. I can't afford one anyway.
Not only boot time
Did you not read the rest of the article?
WikiPedia Links in Articles?
While I get the purpose doesn't it fly in the face of El Reg's stance on the "Quality" of Wikipedia?
Citing it as a source reference points to a change of heart, lazy rporting or (horror!) falling standards in El Reg's reporting. In all three cases, say ain't so Joe!
On topic to the review, over there in the USA once again it's £/$ pricing. Forshame...
Time for a Tips article
Now that SSDs are becoming more readily available, and a wee bit less mouthwateringly expensive (the Kingston 512GB drive notwithstanding), how about an article (or series) on how best to optimise your PC or notebook to make the most out of an SSD, and what *not* to do with 'em too.