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Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon May 04, 2009 9:31 am

Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Kingston's line of SSDNow solid-state drives (SSD) rounds out its suite of enterprise products. The SSDNow M Series uses Intel solid-state drives, which are said to be the best-performing drives on the market. Read on to see how the Kingston SNM125-S2/80GB does against seven other 2.5" drives!

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Article Title: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/965/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: $366 shipped
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby FZ1 » Mon May 04, 2009 9:41 am

Ouch, those write speeds are a little disappointing. I was expecting it to at least be equal with the Vertex in that area.
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby gwolfman » Mon May 04, 2009 9:52 am

Thanks Nate, your storage reviews are looking great. Keep 'em coming! :supz:
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon May 04, 2009 10:55 am

Just wanted to let everyone know that I just got a response back from Intel on the black stuff on the PCB that wasn't there in the original review:

The black stuff is called underfill and is used to improve the mechanical reliability of the drive. It is an industry standard practice to use underfill. All production units have this underfill (Intel and Kingston). The original pictures of the Intel drive on Legit Reviews were from early units that did not have the underfill.


I find it interesting that Intel is the only SSD maker that I have seen use underfill. I wonder how much it improves the reliability of the drive.
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby FZ1 » Mon May 04, 2009 11:11 am

I wonder if it is simply for shock protection or maybe it had dissipation properties as well?
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby Major_A » Mon May 04, 2009 3:33 pm

Pricing At Time of Print: $366 shipped

One word... Yikes!
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby ckthecerealkiller » Tue May 05, 2009 10:06 am

Can't get enough of these SSD's can we! Love the reviews here, happy to see excessive testing of potential purchases. Love this site!

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Now if we could get HDD manufacturers to stop rounding down their measurements and start measuring them at 1024 increments I would be happy [/rant]
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Re: Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

Postby Gomeler » Tue May 05, 2009 2:45 pm

Those write speeds blow.. I thought the Intel SSD was a little faster than that? I haven't been keeping up with SSDs.
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