Kingston recently launched the V+200 240GB SSD. Given the 240GB capacity price point and 6.0gbps interface one quickly recognizes this as a SandForce SF-2281 drive. Kingston’s V series represents their value line. When looking at the Kingston V+200 240GB it is important to remember that pricing, with retailer specials, can be very attractive. Case and point, I purchased two drives for $130 each after coupon and rebate. As I prepare my Windows 8 workstation, I am again looking for a capacity jump to 480GB to 512GB minimum for the boot volume. I think there is a lot of merit looking at two “value” drives, like the Kingston V+200 240GB in terms of a RAID 0 boot volume.
We recently received word that LSI is busy at VMworld this week releasing a new LSI Nytro MegaRAID in 100GB, 200GB and 800GB capacities. This is a product where we really see the fruit of the LSI SandForce acquisition. The product basically combines a LSI MegaRAID controller and caching technology with SandForce solid state drives.
Lately I have done a few SSD benchmark sessions on some of today’s popular SATA III solid state drives. One thing that I did not have is results of Anvil’s Storage Utilities bechmarks for all of those reviews. I actually think Anvil’s utilities represent one of the better, if not the most complete picture of solid state disk performane these days so I decided to put raw output from four recently reviewed drives on one page. As such below are the Anvil results for the Crucial M4 256GB, SanDisk Extreme 240GB, Samsung 830 SSD 256GB and OCZ Vertex 4 256GB. I do think that the sweet spot in terms of price and performance is at 240-256GB at the moment which is why I have [...]