Kingston SSDNow 240GB mSATA SSD Review

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Kingston comes up with the new SSD’s with a storage capacities of 240GB and 480GB. It is nearly eight times smaller than a 2.5” drive,  it claims sequentially read/write speeds of 540MB/s and 530MB/s. The mS200’s small-form factor is perfect for notebook, tablet and Ultrabook PCs, as well as a variety of embedded systems. It can also be used as a caching device with motherboards that support Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) to improve system performance.

The device is fully compliant with mSATA interface, uses NAND based flash memory and supports Intel’s SRT, S.M.A.R.T., and TRIM. The device comes with a 3-year warranty and currently available for Rs. 16,900/-.

The Kingston SSDNOW mS200 nicely packed in small plastic with clear front and it has nearly the same size of the mSATA SSD. The PCB has dark blue color. Inside the packaging, there is mSATA SSD and a small manual written in different languages. Apart from these two, there is nothing in the packing and there are no screws included in the packing.

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The Kingston SSDNow mS200 mSATA when compared with standard HDD is 30% lighter and about 1/3 the size of the standard hard disk.

On the back, there is a controller on the left and NAND flash modules of the SSD. The mS200’s flash controller is a LSI SandForce SF-2281 and the NAND flash modules on the mS200 are from Micron.

On various benchmarking, it provides consistent results and it is a great one to increase system performance. After using Kingston SSDNow mS200 240GB mSATA SSD for about 1 Month, I can say that it works great and I’m completely satisfied.

CONCLUSION

The Kingston SSDNow mS200 240GB mSATA SSD provides good performance, higher capacities and it’s a good upgrade choice. It is specifically designed for OEMs and enthusiasts in mind. The pricing make a good upgrade choice for budget-centric buyers who want more out of their mSATA port. It comes in multiple capacities from 30GB up to 280GB using Toshiba NAND and SandForce controller.

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