Kingston launches SSDNow V+180

Kingston has announced the latest entry in its range of solid state drives, the SSDNow V+180, built specifically with roadwarriors in mind.

Designed as a rugged replacement for traditional mechanical hard drives, the SSDNow V+180 offers an impressive 128MB of on-board cache and has launched in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB sizes.

Based around MLC NAND flash, the devices are pretty nippy - with Kingston claiming that the devices can reach a whopping 230MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write on a SATA 3.0Gb/s bus.

Each comes with a three-year warranty, which will come in handy when the device is out on the road - although with a claimed operating temperature range of 0°C to 70°C and the ability to resist 1500G shocks while operating, hopefully Kingston's rated 1,000,000 hours mean time between failures will prove reliable.

The weight and power draw of the V+180 - 48g and a mere 2.9W active and 47mW idle, respectively - are designed to appeal to those running on batteries - but, let's face it, it's the performance that really matters.

Putting the drives through their paces in PCMark's Vantage benchmark suite proves that they're all pretty solid performers, with the 64GB model edging into the lead with a score of 35,073 compared to the 128GB/s marginally slower 34,995 and the 256GB model's score of 34,881.

The drives are available now, priced at £151 for the 64GB (model number SVP180S2/64G), £259 for the 128GB (model SVP180S2/128G), and a whopping £610 for the 256GB flagship model (SVP180S2/256G).

While prices are dropping, Kingston's SSDNow V+180 drives prove that if you want performance, you'll be paying a premium.