What about Kingston SSDs?

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  1. piwi macrumors regular

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    Hello all,

    I am looking at two drives for my MBP. Either the 80GB Intel http://u.nu/3igv9 (newegg.ca) or the Kingston 128GB http://u.nu/5hgv9 (Canada Computers).
    I know Intel's are very good wares but what about this particular Kingston? I can't read any test of it vs the G2 Intel...
    What do you guys think? I could really use the extra 48GB (!!!) but is performance badly affected?

    Thanks!

    --edit: according to this: http://u.nu/9dsw9 the SSD I'm interested in is a JMicron. Not a good choice from what I read, right?
    --edit²: See http://u.nu/54bz9 for more details about Kensington's SSD vs Intel's SSD
     
  2. silencer88 macrumors member

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    My roommate has one. He installed it in January and absolutely loves it. It beats the pants off my 40 gig intel x-25v. Both drives load osx quickly and most applications open on the first bounce.
     
  3. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I don't know, it says that it's a JMicron controller and last I heard they suck big times with used disks but I can't find any proper Kingston vs Intel test... And nobody seems to have any Kingston in their machines.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I have Kingston SSDNow V+ in mine. The first one failed within a couple of weeks for whatever reason, but Newegg promptly replaced it. The drives have a 3-year warranty, which is very nice. Attached are the Xbench test results for my old Seagate 7200 RPM drive and the Kingston V+ SSD.
     

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  5. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow nice, is that a 512GB drive?
    However, I think V+ and V drives aren't the same, right? I can't afford more than the price of the 128GB that's around 265$...
     
  6. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I took the intel 80Gb + 500Gb in the optibay route
     
  7. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

    Jaro65

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    ^^^^^
    That's a good setup! An Intel G2 drive is most definitely a better choice than Kingston V series. The V+ series is better than V series, but still, an Intel G2 drive is as trouble-free as you can get.
     
  8. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can't wait to receive all of this now :)
    One bit comes from Newegg, wherever their Canadian warehouse is, the other bit comes from Hong Kong. Oh boy, how did they do before planes existed :p
     
  9. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Out of interest, I found a chart for the Kensington VS Intel.

    The X25-M's score is about 2 times superior to the Kensington's. I know benchmarks don't give the most accurate real-life performances but it still can help to chose between the two.
    The Kensington also has a 50% better score than my current WD 5400RPM when the Intel has a 3 fold better score.

    http://u.nu/5uaz9
     

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