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Kingston introduces SSDNow upgrade kit
Posted on 3-Jun-2009 21:08. | Tags Filed under: News.

Kingston introduces SSDNow upgrade kit
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced the release of the SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) upgrade bundles.

Targeted specifically for mass-market consumers and small and medium businesses, the Kingston SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles, available in 128GB and 64GB capacities, are the first products in a series of low-cost, value-driven SSD solutions to increase performance on existing desktops and notebooks.

"The SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles are a terrific solution -- given the current economy -- for cost-conscious consumers who want an instant performance increase on an existing computer at a very reasonable price point," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "We are trying to garner mass-market adoption of SSDs by bundling together all of the software, hardware and step-by-step instructions in a couple of low-cost options aimed squarely at everyday users. The V Series upgrade bundles are a perfect complement to our existing line of SSDNow products that target enterprise customers and prosumers."

"Our focus has been to bring improvement to the everyday functions such as speeding up boot up times and opening applications, at compelling price points, to complement the existing hard drive in desktops," said Louis Kaneshiro, senior technology manager, Kingston.

With the Kingston's SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles there is no need to reload the operating system or do anything that would alter critical data files. The included cloning software and step-by-step instructions make it simple to move the contents of one's existing hard-disk drive (HDD) to the SSD. Once cloned, the OS and applications reside on the SSD while the HDD can be used as storage for data such as music, videos, files and photos.

The company says notebook users will experience the benefits of higher performance on everyday functions as well as less heat generation and ruggedness as the SSD contains no moving parts. The notebook upgrade kit comes with an external enclosure, which allows users to retain their original hard drive and allow for additional storage.

"Based on our internal suite of benchmark tests, users can expect to see an overall drive improvement of approximately 50 percent over existing 7200RPM and 5400RPM hard-disk drives," Kaneshiro added.

The SSDNow V Series upgrade bundle kits include:
-- Kingston SSDNow V Series solid-state drive
-- Acronis True Image cloning software and CD installation guide
-- 3.5" mounting brackets and hardware (desktop bundle only)
-- SATA data and power cable extenders (desktop bundle only)
-- 2.5" USB SATA external enclosure (notebook bundle only)

The kits uses a 2.5" NAD Flash-based SSD, with up to 100MB/sec. read; 80MB/sec. write in both 64GB and 128GB options.

Prices will vary from US$149.00 (64GB 2.5" SATA SSD w/desktop bundle) through US$263 (128GB 2.5" SATA SSD w/notebook bundle)

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