Kingston releases affordable SSD upgrade kits and new memory cooler

During Computex, Kingston announced two new products to the market. The first new product is a new addition to their SSDNow series of solid state drives. The new SSDs that were announced today will be known as the V series as opposed to their E and M series of drives. These drives will come as bundles for the end user in two forms, one being a laptop upgrade bundle and the other being a desktop upgrade bundle. We recently did a review of their M series bundle for the desktop which you can view here. Because these drives will be aimed towards the value segment of the market they will be less expensive and therefore also will be slower than their M and E series SSDs. These SSDs will be running at up to 100MB/sec. read; 80MB/sec. write based on their benchmark tests. They will also come in two sizes of 64GB and 128GB which is good because that means that people can get more data on their laptops and desktops and not have to deal with a small drive and the limitations and annoyances that accompany having a smaller SSD. These drives bring quite a bit of value because of the fact that they afford you the luxuries of an SSD without the exorbitant costs of an SSD while still performing on par with many other hard drives. We look forward to giving our readers a review of this drive once it becomes available.

Pictured above is the 64GB laptop bundle that will set you back 149.00

The prices and bundles will go as listed…
SNV125-S2BD/64GB-64GB 2.5 SATA SSD w/desktop bundle – $ 149.00
SNV125-S2BN/64GB-64GB 2.5 SATA SSD w/notebook bundle – $ 149.00
SNV125-S2BD/128GB-128GB 2.5 SATA SSD w/desktop bundle – $ 263.00
SNV125-S2BN/128GB-128GB 2.5 SATA SSD w/notebook bundle – $ 263.00

The following components will be included in the bundles… note that the prices do not change between the desktop and notebook upgrade kits. Also, remember that many people may not even need the external enclosure, but it is definitely great to have as an added feature. These drives will carry a 3 year warranty and of course be covered by Kingston’s standard 24/7 technical support.
1.         Kingston SSDNow V Series solid-state drive
2•         Acronis® True Image cloning software and CD installation guide
3•         3.5" mounting brackets and hardware (desktop bundle only)
4•         SATA data and power cable extenders (desktop bundle only)
5•         2.5" USB SATA external enclosure (notebook bundle only)

They are already available at newegg.com if you’re interested in purchasing one.


In addition to the announcement of the V series of SSDs Kingston has also announced a HyperX memory cooler which can be seen here.

This memory cooler will run you about $23 alone and will also come bundled with two different kits of memory. They will also be bundled with their 6GB 1800 and 2000 MHz kits of HyperX T1 memory with the tall heatsink. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to take a look at this memory cooler but to be quite honest most memory coolers are fairly straightforward. This one appears to be fairly quiet, but far from silent, only reaching a maximum of 28 dBA.

A video of the new HyperX Fan has also been posted on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKMtqL7pyQk.

Kingston will be demonstrating the V Series as well as other products during Computex on June 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a local jazz club.