Claims to enhance desktop’s boot, shutdown and application load times
Kingston Digital has expanded its V (Value) family of solid-state drives (SSD) with the launch of SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive, which it claims to accelerate the desktop’s boot, shutdown and application load times.
The company said that the new SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive is designed for a desktop system to be used in conjunction with an existing hard-disk drive (HDD). A PC operating system and key applications reside on the SSD while all data such as documents, music, files and photos remain on the HDD.
According to Kingston, the new drive is available with a bundle that includes cloning software, 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch brackets and SATA data and power cable extenders. It supports self monitoring, analysis and reporting technology, and offers read speed of up to 170MB/sec and write speed of up to 40MB/sec. It comes with a 2.5-inch form factor and uses Nand falsh memory components.
Using the PCMark Vantage Advanced HDD Suite, the 40GB Boot Drive received a score of 13,883, whereas a 7200RPM hard-disk drive attained a score of 3,708. PCMark Vantage Advanced HDD Suite runs a series of tests such as Windows Vista startup, importing photos, adding music to Windows Media Center and application loading, the company said.
Ariel Perez, SSD business manager at Kingston, said: The SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive offers instant performance enhancement coupled with reliability and lower power consumption at a fraction of the cost of a new system. The 40GB Boot Drive is the latest offering in our V Series SSD line. It provides a low-cost upgrade solution that complements the installed hard-disk drive to extend the life cycle of existing desktop computers and workstations in homes and offices.
The Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive has manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $115 and is expected to begin shipping on November 9, 2009.