Kingston SSD Now V Series SNV125-S2, 64 GB
Like many other companies, this well-known maker of memory modules could not help catching the opportunity of entering the new and promising market. As soon as SSDs had more or less matured, Kingston joined the ranks of SSD makers. At first, it marketed rebranded SSDs from Intel as the M and E series but then rolled out the V (obviously, this stands for “Value”) series. We’ve got the first V series product marked as SNV125 which is currently available in shops, but the company’s website already promotes the second-generation SSD of this series with a model number of SNV425. As far as we know, the first-generation model is based on the JMicron 602B controller whereas the second-generation one, on the JM618. Unfortunately, we hadn’t got a sample of the latter by the time we began our tests.
The SSD’s firmware version is B090522a.
By the way, there is some confusion in this series of Kingston’s SSDs. Besides the mentioned transition to a new controller with but a minor change in the product name, the series also includes a curious 40GB model. As opposed to its series mates, it is based on a modified Intel controller with only half the number of active access channels (5 instead of 10). We really think the company ought to separate such different products in a way that would be clearer for the end user.
Kingston SSD Now V Series SNV125-S2, 128 GB
And here is one more first-generation V series product from Kingston, but with a storage capacity of 128 gigabytes. It has the same firmware version of B090522a.
We want to add a couple of words about the accessories to SSDs. Most SSDs come without any, but Kingston offers its SSDs in two versions: without anything or with a set of two rails designed to install the SSD into a standard 3.5-inch drive bay. We guess most users are going to appreciate this because very few system cases provide any means of installing 2.5-inch drives and Kingston’s rails can save you some time and trouble.