Kingston SSDNow V 128 GB,Internal (SNV425S2/128GB) (SSD) Solid State Drive Reviews
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Kingston SSDNow V 128 GB,Internal (SNV425S2/128GB) (SSD) Solid State Drive

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How will the 128Gb Kingston SSD SATA SNV425 perform in the HP DL165G7 server?

Nov 5, 2010
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Pros:fastest write times tested by me so far, compatible with HP ProLiant servers

Cons:High cost per Gb of capacity.

The Bottom Line: The Kingston 128Gb SNV425S2128GB SATA SSD is a great computer upgrade for the home or office user.


Necessity is the name of the game with computer hardware.  A coworker recently complained that his computer was running to slow and I suggested a Kingston 128Gb SATA SSD drive.  His computer has a large Microsoft Outlook PST file and he also keeps several Microsoft Word 2010 sessions open which tend to make the Windows page file work extra hard.  A computer that heavily utilizes the file system, like this one, just will not benefit from an upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor.  He quickly approved the purchase of the new gadget after showing him how the Patriot Warp 32Gb SSD drive performed on my Dynamics AX development server. 

In this review, I will answer several of the common questions about upgrading your hard drive and highlight the benefits of doing so.  Here are some of the common questions that will be answered:

How easy is it to copy my old SATA hard drive to the Kingston 128Gb SSD?

Will the 128Gb SNV425S2128GB SATA SSD work in the HP DL165G7 6172 Hot Plug SAS/SATA 1U Server?

Read On To Find Out The Answer To These Questions And More!

The key factor in making this buying decision was the need to improve Microsoft Outlook 2007 performance.  If you have a traditional SATA drive with over 8Gb of archived email then the messaging software will attempt to index and categorize the message when you first load it.  The process took several minutes to complete and was quickly becoming tiresome every time the computer was started in the morning for my coworker.

Installation Of The Kingston SNV425S2128GB
This hard drive uses standard SATA power cable and data cabling.  Before you purchase any replacement or additional drive for your computer, crack open the case and make sure it can fit.  In this instance, the 2.5" Kingston SSD drive is 1" shorter than a standard full size computer hard drive.  You can mounting in any floppy bay using a set of adapters or just bolt it to the side of the bay.  The drive is very light and does not run hot at all.  Depending on the position of the drive, you may also want to consider ordering a Ultra Products SATA ULT40447 Cable so that you can easily fit the SATA port in your computer case.

I used Symantec Ghost 8.0 on a bootable CD-ROM to copy the files from an 80Gb hard drive to the Kingston SNV425S2128GB.  The Ghost software package allows you to copy NTFS file partitions in an easy series of menu options.  The actual copy took 24 minutes.  When it was completed, I disconnected the old SATA hard drive and left the new SSD attached.  I labeled the old drive with a date and time so we can have a backup of the data for future use.

Performance Of The Kingston 128Gb V Series SATA SSD And Benchmarks
An SSD (Solid State Disk) drive uses memory chips rather than spinning discs to access data.  The technology has been available commercially for at least two years now and they are getting faster every day.  SSD drives also have the added benefit of consuming far less power than a traditional spinning hard disc drive because they only need to power up a small silicone to perform write or read operations.

ROUND 1 - The following results were achieved using a state of the art $10,000 HP Enterprise Server.
The test server used for these benchmark comparisons was an HP DL165G7 6172 Hot Plug SAS/SATA 1U Server with two AMD Opteron 6172 processors.  The HP DL165G7 has an integrated raid controller that recognizes both SAS and SATA drives so I was particularly interested in the Kingston SNV425 SSD performance on this robust server chassis.  The ability to use solid state hard drives would save my company on energy costs as well as offer an alternative to the SAS drives that cost a lot of money and crash unpredictably.

Upon boot of the HP DL165G7 server, I was able to log into the raid controller bios and assign the Kingston SNV425 SSD as a logical drive.  The drive was even designated as an SSD in the bios and had a blue led appear on the front when it was selected.  A few minutes later, I was in logged into Windows Server 2003 x64 and performed a full NTFS system format on it in less than two minutes.

Benchmarking
Real World File Transfer;
I created a file folder with 133 MP3 files across 4 subfolders for a total of 714Mb.  The goal of this test is to see how fast you can copy your own MP3 collection to a new hard drive.  Copy files in this fashion is called as write test.

Here are the results of a copy from a HP 146Gb 10K RPM SAS drive to the Kingston 128Gb SSD:
#1) less than 1 second
#2) less than 1 second

Since the drive was so fast, I decided to stress it with a larger file.  I used a Dynamics AX database archive that was 2.91Gb in size for this test using the HP 146Gb 10K RPM SAS drive to transfer the file to the Kingston 128Gb SSD:
#1) 7 seconds
#2) 7 seconds

You may not see these results on your home computer due to the fact that I was using this drive on the HP Smart Array P410 controller in the HP DL165G7 server.  However, considering the fact that the PDP Systems Patriot Warp 32GB Solid State - SATA-300, 2.5 SATA SSD was only able to manage 44 seconds on a relatively fast Intel motherboard, you can assume much more from this SSD.

HD Tach 3.0.4.0
HD Tach was used next to test the burst, cpu, random access and sequential read of the hard drive.  The test is used by many leaders in the computer industry as a standard form of drive testing. 

Here are the results of three runs at Long Bench setting (32mb zones) on the 128Gb SNV425 SSD SATA:
#1 Burst Speed: 187.4 Mb/s, Average Read:  144.3 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 1%, Random Access: 1.2 ms
#2 Burst Speed: 188.0 Mb/s, Average Read:  144.5 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 1%, Random Access: 0.4 ms
#3 Burst Speed: 429.8 Mb/s, Average Read:  144.3 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 1%, Random Access: 0.4 ms

For comparison, a HP 146Gb SAS 10K RPM 2.5" drive in the same server was able to do the following with this benchmark:
#1 Burst Speed: 273.2 Mb/s, Average Read:  110.3 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 1%, Random Access: 8.6 ms

I can only assume the 429.8 Mb/s burst speed result was a misreported value because it did not occur until the last test run.  The most alarming value was the random access speeds.  Reading data at such low rates allows the drive to maintain performance in demanding situations.

ROUND 1 - The following results were achieved using a four year old Intel desktop computer.
What kind of performance could you get from an average desktop computer?  I put the SSD drive in a Dell Dimension 5150 computer with an Intel Pentium D 2.8Ghz processor with just 533Mhz DDR2 memory modules inside.   I was always under the impression that memory speed had a direct influence on hard drive transfer rates but was proven wrong with this intriguing benchmark result.

HD Tach 3.0.4.0
HD Tach was used next to test the burst, cpu, random access and sequential read of the hard drive.  The test is used by many leaders in the computer industry as a standard form of drive testing. 

Here are the results of three runs at Long Bench setting (32mb zones) on the 128Gb SNV425 SSD SATA:
#1 Burst Speed: 253.2 Mb/s, Average Read:  224.6 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 5%, Random Access: 0.3 ms
#1 Burst Speed: 248.5 Mb/s, Average Read:  222.2 Mb/s, CPU Utilization: 7%, Random Access: 0.3 ms

As you can see, the burst speed and average read speed went up dramatically in this Dell Dimension 5150 motherboard.  Part of the reason for this is that the desktop motherboard does not have the overhead of a hardware raid controller. 

Purchasing Decisions, Why Buy An SSD?
Obviously an SSD drive is going to be faster than any traditional hard drive you can buy on the market today.  The major problem for most consumers is the cost.  I purchased the Kingston 128Gb V Series SSD for $200 (due to a vendor discount).  The same amount of money could have bought four Samsung SpinPoint T HD501LJ 500 GB SATA II Hard Drives to get a total capacity of 2Tb and performance close to the Kingston SSD.  Yet, the trade off is that I would have been consuming a freighting amount of power and have to worry about the four drive, RAID 0 array crashing unpredictably.  A possible solution, if you really need extra drive capacity, would be to also buy a Seagate Barracuda LP (ST32000542AS) 2 TB SATA II hard drive as a place to store video and MP3 files.

Product Specifications
Manufacturer:  Kingston
Model Number:  SNV425S2128GB
Capacity:  128Gb
Interface:  SATA
Supported Interface Speeds:  SATA 1.5Gb/sec ,  SATA 3.0Gb/sec
Three year warranty and 24/7 tech support

Summary
The installation of the Kingston 128Gb SSD V series into the computer went smoothly.  Microsoft Outlook 2007 opens in less than a minute now, even with the massive PST file that is stored on the hard drive.  I am seriously considering ordering another of these drives for use in my ASUS Eee PC 1201N (EPC1201NPU17BK) Netbook to increase the performance of Windows 7.  Today, you can find this very fast solid state hard drive on Amazon.com for about $230 in its barebones form.  If you are looking for desktop performance or a network administrator that has a SQL Server database with high transaction rates the you owe it to yourself to check out a SSD today!

In all I would give the Kingston 128Gb SSD V Series two thumbs up.

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Recommend this product? Yes


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