The story goes like this: Intel let Kingston build a value version of its X25-M G2 drives. This became the 40GB Kingston V Series Boot Drive. When Intel added TRIM support to the G2 drives, Kingston was told to wait. Kingston would get TRIM support when Intel launched its own 40GB version of the G2. Here’s where things get hairy. Intel and Kingston couldn’t work out terms for the TRIM enabled firmware on the V Series Boot Drives. Intel wanted too much money and Kingston wanted to keep the drive price below $100. The outcome? Kingston V Series Boot Drive owners never got official TRIM support and the product was dropped altogether.

This all took place a few months ago. Two things have happened since then. Intel has, as expected, launched its value SSD: the X25-V. This is basically the Kingston drive we reviewed last year, but with official TRIM support. In other words, it’s a X25-M G2 but with only half the channels populated with IMFT NAND. The X25-V is available only in a 40GB capacity (we’ll see an 80GB version based on 25nm NAND in Q4 2010). The drive is priced at $125 and available today. On a side note, Intel’s pricing shows that there wasn’t any room for Kingston to deliver a sub-$100 version of the X25-V.

The second thing to happen was that Kingston built another V Series Boot Drive, this time based on a Toshiba controller with 32GB of MLC NAND on board. The price? $124.99 for an upgrade kit. Kingston appears to be going head to head with Intel in the value SSD space. Ballsy. Update: Kingston has pointed out that despite the $124.99 MSRP, Newegg is currently selling the drive for $114.99 with an additional $30 mail in rebate that will drop the total price to $84.99 after rebate.

Meanwhile, OCZ recently announced its Onyx SSD based on a newer low cost Indilinx controller. The target price? Sub-$100. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little longer on it as the final firmware is still being ironed out. Instead, today’s comparison takes place exclusively at $125 and is between Intel and Kingston. Former bedmates, the two now have equally compelling entry-level SSD offerings.

V for Vende...Value


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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, March 19, 2010 - link

    The SSD Toolbox won't work on RAID volumes unfortunately.

    Take care,
  • buzznut - Monday, March 22, 2010 - link

    Thanks Anand for clarifying the raid and SSD toolbox issues. I can see now that adding a second 40 GB drive will not be a good idea and I should save for a larger capacity.

    I am very interested in knowing when Intel gets trim working for raid! Good to know I can count on Anandtech for the latest SSD news. Thanks again, Scott
  • pkoi - Friday, March 19, 2010 - link

    The difference between 30gb and 40gb is HUGE,,, I would need 50 to swap my bloated win7 Reply
  • inighthawki - Friday, March 19, 2010 - link

    I have a 30GB partition for Win7 and still have 8GB left, and that's after some pretty careless space management. I don't understand how yours can be so bloated. You're not counting things like program files, are you? You're aware that the users and program files folders aren't part of your windows installation, right? Reply
  • gerstena - Friday, March 19, 2010 - link

    "I have a 30GB partition for Win7 and still have 8GB left, and that's after some pretty careless space management."

    Unfortunately things like volume shadow services and the source files of windows updates quickly eat up the space. A lot of users won't know about these things.

    The only thing I have found drives under 60 GB useful for are speeding up database operations and development.

  • hoohoo - Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - link

    I have 8 GB for OpenSuSE 11.2 and still have 3 GB free.

    I dunno about Windows bloat - yours or the other guy's!
  • davepermen - Friday, March 19, 2010 - link

    I need one. it would be enough for 3 windows 7.

    no clue how bloated yours is :)
  • loimlo - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Dear Anand

    Your nice review of Kingston indeed encouraged me to purchase Kingston 64GB SSD for my win7 system, but your TRIM comment just kept my purchase impulse at bay. Would you mind clarifying the TRIM situation in the future? If nothing wrong with TRIM implementation on Kingston SSD, I'll buy bigger brother, 64GB SSD, for my system immediately!


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