Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB SSD Review

by AkG     |     December 16, 2009

TRIM, & Firmware

Windows 7 has been out for a little while now, and this was the projected D-Day for many solid state manufacturers to stop resting on their laurels and get a “TRIM” enabling firmware out. Unfortunately, this drive does not support TRIM right now. Making things even worse is fact that if Intel sticks to their usual tradition, buyers of their OEMed drives will have to wait slightly longer for firmware revisions than buyers of their Intel-branded brethren. On the positive side Kingston has publicly said that firmware IS a priority for them and in some ways having Intel buyers acting as their unpaid guinea pigs can be considered a good thing. After all, when you look at it that way, the chances of Kingston releasing a firmware update that will brick your drive is slim.

In the mean time, the Desktop Upgrade version does come with Acronis, so the hassle factor of backing up your data and running a sanitary erase on it is not that extreme if your drive ever does get into a degraded state. Also on the positive side is the fact that Intel drives do not suffer as much as Indilinx or Samsung units from being in a used / degraded state. Even better is the fact that Intel based drives don’t fragment their files as badly as the competition and like all Intel SSDs, the SSDNow V 40GB has Intel's version of ITGC to keep things neat and tidy (though like all Idle Time Garbage Collection algorithms, it can be overloaded if you try). It would not surprise us much if most buyers don’t even reach a degraded state before Kingston releases a firmware update.

We also have to remember that since Intel has recently released their latest and greatest (TRIM enabling) firmware, this drive should get its version of the new firmware soon. For anyone wondering if they can simply flash their SSDNow V 40GB with a Intel branded firmware, the answer is NO. Kingston drives come with Kingston-branded firmware, Intel drives come with Intel branded firmware and the two are incompatible; or at least in as much as the firmware flasher will refuse to flash the wrong drive.

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