updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon October 26, 2009
Kingston SSD Now V 40GB meant for OS
Kingston today catered to a specific segment of the storage crowd with the SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive. The 2.5-inch SATA drive isn't intended as primary storage but rather as a system drive that speeds up the operating system as well as key apps. It's billed as inexpensive enough that it can be mated with a second, much larger rotating hard drive that would handle less critical apps and storage.
While not fast compared to some SSDs with a peak 170MB per second read speed and 40MB per second for writes, the raw speed is enough to be almost four times faster in synthetic tests than a conventional drive.
The new SSDNow V update ships November 9th and will be available both in a $115 barebones version, for notebooks or those with the necessary adapters, as well as in a $130 kit that provides a 3.5-inch mounting bracket and extenders to attach a mainboard's power and SATA cables.