Review: Kingston SSDNow E100 100GB
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Kingston
Firmware version: 515ABBF0
Welcome to Myce’s review of the Kingston SSDNow E100 SATA
The Kingston E100 can be described as a mainstream
enterprise solution. It packages together 128GB of 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND
(with 28GB set aside for use by the controller) and an LSI Sandforce SF-2582
LSI Sandforce controllers, or Flash Storage Processors
(‘FSPs’) as LSI Sandforce prefers to call them, have been hugely successful and
are used by many SSD manufacturers. I remember well my first experience with a
Sandforce FSP which was a few years ago, with an OCZ Vertex LE with a 3Gb/s,
first generation, SF controller. As a member of the OCZ Support forum it was a
lot of fun trying to figure out how the drive behaved.
The LSI Sandforce FSPs have a special capability – they can,
where possible, compress data before it is written to NAND. As this is the
first LSI Sandforce Enterprise drive we have reviewed we look at what makes
them special on Page 3 below.
Market Positioning and Specification
This is how Kingston positions the E100 -
Here is Kingston’s specification for the E100 (taken
directly from Kingston’s E100 Data Sheet) -
Please note that all the performance figures are for a drive
in a ‘Fresh Out of the Box’, ‘FOB’ state, which I feel is not at all helpful
for an enterprise drive as enterprise drives should be tested and measured in
steady state conditions.
The Toshiba toggle NAND used by the E100 is, I understand,
good for 30,000 Program/Erase Cycles.
Here is a picture of the Kingston E100 SSDNow E100
that I tested –
Now let's head to the next page, to look at Myce’s
Enterprise Testing Methodology.....