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Kingston launches SSDNow V300 Series solid-state drives

Kingston has announced the launch of its latest solid-state drives (SSDs) for PCs and laptops, the SSDNow V300 Series.

Designed to replace the existing SSDNow V200 models, the V300 should offer sequential read and write speeds of around 450MB/s - somewhere between five and 10 times faster than a traditional mechanical hard drive. The V300 SSDs use a customised LSI SandForce controller, chosen for speed and reliability, along with 19nm NAND flash memory components for storing the data.

"LSI worked together with Kingston to deliver a customized high-performing solid-state drive solution for their cost-effective SSDNow V Series," LSI's Kent Smith said at the launch. "Our award-winning SF-2281 Client FSPs provide Kingston’s customers with enterprise-class features and an enhanced everyday computing user experience, especially for first time SSD users."

"Kingston is committed to delivering SSDs at the best price to performance ratio as possible. We achieve this again with our next-generation SSDNow V300,” Ann Keefe, Kingston's regional director for the UK and Ireland, added. "The SSDNow V300 is the best cost-efficient upgrade for users who want their existing systems to perform faster. They will experience faster boot up and shutdown times, and will also see much better system performance when multiple applications are open."

Based on a 2.5in form factor that is suitable for both laptops and desktops, the V300 Series is available in 60GB, 120GB and 250GB capacities as either a bare drive or as an upgrade kit which includes a caddy, mounting bracket and software for transferring data from an existing hard drive or SSD. Pricing starts at £60 for the 60GB model or £90 for the 120GB, with the 240GB pricing yet to be set for the UK.

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