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Kingston V Gen2 vs V+ 128GB

ipaine

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I have just recently gotten the Kingston V+ 128GB, SNVP325-S2/128GB. I have used this to replace the Kingston V Gen2 in my desktop. I know some people have been wondering about the performance difference between the two drives, so I will share my experiences.

Right off of the bat I was/am a little concerned. When I ran AS SSD I got very low scores, worse than I got with the V. I have run and rerun the benchmark and the best result I got was this:

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Which if you compare it to the results from the V series:

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My write speeds are lower right across the board and this should not be. Now this is with a fresh install of Win 7 with only a few programs installed. By all means it should be faster. Then I ran HD Tach and found something interesting. If you look below you will see that it is generally good, except it has two large drops in performance.

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I also ran HD tune and this same sort of pattern appeared there as well.

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I'm not sure what exactly is happening and maybe someone can give me an idea of what is going on. So after that I was wondering what would happen with CrystalDiskMark. Now as you can see it shows a much different story compared to AS SSD.

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Now compared to the V Gen2 you can see that the sequential read is a little bit slower but 512k and 4k reads are much faster.

CrystalDiskMark Reads
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Now when you look at writes there is a significant improvement right across the board.

CrystalDiskMark Writes
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Now my real world tests also have shown mostly good improvements, although copying from the device is not quite as good. I'm sure this has to do with me getting a little lower Seq. reads. This is most notable with the large file transfer which is a full ten seconds slower. All of the file transfer tests are the average of 3 tests. The logon time was 5 separate tests with full reboots, I dropped the highest and lowest and then took the average of the 3 remaining.

Small File Transfer (1.31GB, 1892 files, 33 folders)

In seconds lower is better

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Large File Transfer (Single 4.36GB .mkv file)

In seconds lower is better

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File Transfers to Itself

In seconds, lower is better

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Logon Time (Taken from moment password is entered until Everest splash screen goes away, last thing to finish loading)

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So as you can see even though there seems to be a few strange things going on with AS SSD, and the two very low dips in minium read, overall the V+ certainly outperforms the older and cheaper V Gen2.

Now is it worth the extra money? There is currently a $66 premium to the V+ on NCIX and I would have to say that I do believe it is worth that extra money. When you look at the 4k write speeds you can see why I say that. Also there is the fact that it does just feel faster than the V Gen2. As for my V Gen2 I have put that into my new Asus U30JC notebook and will be doing some benches on that to see what kind of a difference it makes.
 

Delavan

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Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.
I really like your bar graphs, I guess there is an app somewhere that allows your to quickly make bar graphs that look PRO.

Your 4k specs are better than my Vertex 120GB, the V+ is an enthusiast drive, where your V-series was an average drive. Guess it comes to the point where that when you cross the "enthusiast line" you're paying a lot more, but the "extra performance" curve is not proportional with the additional price over the "average product".

Let us know how the laptop is doing with the V-series SSD!
 

Delavan

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That was good perf. from a SSDNOW V-series! Looks like the 4k reads/writes are on par with Indilinx-based SSDs...
 
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