Kingston SSD Now V+ Series SNVP325-S2, 128 GB
The V+ series is the newest in Kingston’s line-up but it has already been promoted to a second generation, too. And we’ve got a sample of that second generation, marked as SNVP325, whereas the first generation was marked as SNVP225. As far as we know, the two generations differ with controllers: the original Samsung PB22-J we are quite familiar with was replaced in the second generation with the Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller we don’t know anything about. It’s going to be interesting to test it.
The firmware version is AGYA0201.
OCZ Agility EX, 60 GB
OCZ is quite active at creating new series of SSDs. We have already dealt with five products from that brand, and now we’ve got a sixth one. It is called Agility EX and is positioned as a Performance product by the manufacturer. It is special and highly promising because it uses the SLC (single-level cell) type of flash memory (which is generally faster at writing and has a much longer service life than the traditional multi-level cell variety) and an Indilinx controller we can expect high performance from. The only downside is that this SSD’s capacity is only 60 gigabytes. Not much by today’s standards.
The firmware version is 1.31 and OCZ’s previous SSDs with such firmware delivered balanced performance.
Although still selling, this series has been moved into the EOL section on the manufacturer’s website meaning that it’s out of production.