Last September, we released a roundup of the budget eight-drive solid state drives priced at $ 150 or less. Kingston's SSDNow V-Series (SNV425-S2) was among the models tested, and at just $ 125 ($ 1.95 per gigabyte), the 64GB version was exceptional value. Using the Toshiba TC58NCF618GBT controller, the drive delivered surprisingly impressive performance.
Since then, Kingston has expanded its SSD range to include the SSDNow V100 and SSDNow V + 100 series. They also released a 1.8-inch portable line called SSDNow V + 180, which is designed for ultra-mobile devices such as ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks, and tablets.
While the Kingston SSDNow V + 180 series was only recently released, solid-state drives that support the 1.8-inch form factor are nothing new. In fact, many of the products we tested have 1.8-inch alternatives, including the OCZ Vertex 2, OCZ Onyx, and Crucial RealSSD C300 and Intel X25-M (X18-M).
Since the SSDNow V + 180 series is a spin-off of the original SSDNow V + series, it shares the same Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller. As a result, the same sequential read / write throughput of 230MB / s and 180MB / s still applies, and there are the same capacities of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB.
With similarities like this, it's no surprise that the Kingston SSDNow V + 180 (SVP180-S2) 64GB and SSDNow V + Series (SNVP325-S2) 64GB are priced identically at $ 165 – although many manufacturers price theirs 1.8 "drives. For example, the 1.8" Onyx costs about $ 30 more, while the more compact Vertex 2 favors $ 100 more for the 64GB model.
While we don't consider the 1.8 "OCZ Vertex 2 a viable option, the Onyx certainly is. At around $ 25 cheaper than the 64GB Kingston SSDNow V + 180 series, we'll be watching this match closely, but before we do do it Jump into the benchmarks. Let's take a closer look at Kingston's new ultra-compact SSD.