Kingston, a well known independent manufacturer of USB flash drives, memory cards and SSDs has launched its largest ever capacity SSD, the V310 960GB, which is its latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series. This 7mm SSD is powered by a Phison 3108 controller and includes an adapter with the laptop kit to fit a 9.5mm bay.
The SSD is capable of delivering up to 500MB/s read and 440MB/s write sustained, with 4K read and write IOPS of 27,000 and 10,500 (40,000 and 20,000 max with IOMETER), respectively. Kingston claims that at this capacity, it provides enough space to migrate a full HDD over, at least in a typical system such as a laptop that generally comes with a 1TB or lower capacity HDD. This avoids having to move data to an external HDD when migrating to SSD and makes for a more straight-forward 1:1 clone.
Although pricing information has not been announced, this SSD is part of Kingston’s value range which delivers the lowest cost per gigabyte in its series. Based on competing 1TB SSDs priced around $450, we would except a similar price for this SSD, particularly since the 480GB model is priced at $235 and SSD pricing is generally proportional to its capacity in high capacity models.
The SSDNow V310 is available as a desktop, notebook (laptop) or combined upgrade kit that includes all the accessories necessary to clone an existing hard disk. The desktop kit includes a 3.5″ bracket and SATA+Power cables. The laptop kit includes a 2.5″ USB enclosure and a 9mm adapter. All kits including a combo kit also include an installation DVD and cloning software.
The SSD its rated for 1 million hours MTBF and 2.56 disk writes per day (2.4TB/day), weighs just 92.5g and can operate over a wide temperature range of 0°C to 70°C. Its power consumption varies between 0.08W idle and 1.16W while reading and 5.39W max while writing. It is backed by a 3 year warranty with free technical support.
Further info can be read in the source press release.