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Old February 7, 2013, 08:04 PM
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The value-oriented SSD market is currently filled with similar drives but Kingston's new SSDNow V300 dares to be a bit different. It may use the same SF2281 as many of its competitors but it runs a custom firmware and ONFI NAND which allows for excellent performance despite its relatively low price.

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Old February 7, 2013, 09:01 PM
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Great reveiw AkG.

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In a perfect world everyone investing in a new solid state drive would have access to a SATA 6GB/s controller which could pass on the TRIM command. In reality not everyone has this and for many the decision comes down either giving up TRIM – never a good idea with most controllers – and running it off a secondary controller; or taking a performance hit and running in SATA 2.0 mode.
Could ypu clarify this for me. TRIM is not necessary when running off the SATA2 port?
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Old February 7, 2013, 09:38 PM
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When it comes to LSI SF2281 controller based drives it is always safest to assume that TRIM is required. There are exceptions - ala Intel - that have software solutions to get around lack of OS Trim...but if you are running a drive like the SSDNow V300 and do not have TRIM...you are in for a less than optimal long term experience. If comes down to SATA 2 + TRIM or SATA 3 + no trim...take the hit and use SATA 2. TRIM is a big deal for these SandForce controllers (even if they do not implement the command in anything remotely like real time...unless they 'want' to).

This to be honest is the only disappointment I have with this drive: no 'toolbox' program. Kingston have custom firmware it would have been childs play to implement something as basic as this. Instead they did not. I hope they see the error of their way and do something about it ASAP. Even a 'wiper.exe' program would push this drive up above most SF2281 drives.
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Old February 7, 2013, 10:25 PM
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OK, so if I do try out an SSD on my aging X48/Vista PC Intel and it's software would be the best option for me? Would an add on card that supports SATA 3 be cost effective? Or are they really expensive?
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Most add on cards wont pass TRIM. So an Intel or Samsung (except 840 std model...which I would not recommend for other reasons) would be best, both offer software options. Other good options are the Crucial M4, Plextor series of drives and anything that uses Marvell controllers as they have good ITGC. Not as easy as software solutions but very good. Samsung 840 Pro is best of both worlds. Good controller and good software.
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Thanks AkG. I really appreciate your advice!
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Any chance or a Samsung 840/840 pro review soon?
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hehe I had to look up what /5char meant
now that the SSD are coming down in price it seems like a half decent time to buy I have an Older v series SSD now that I have been using for my folder box it is the only SSD I have had that hasn't quit on me mind you I have only used the vseries 64GB and an intel 510 which I had to RMA because it decided to quit on me.
which reminds of of some endurance testing that xtremesystems.org have been doing
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Wow. Those Samsung pro's are expensive. Over a dollar per GB. The 512GB model? fogetaboutit.
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