Kingston V+ 100 96GB SSD Overall Performance, Battery Life and Conclusion

June 30, 2011 by Phil Reads (12,398)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Features
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overall performance
Now we will look at the overall performance. Overall performance was calculated by using a formula that weighed in approximately 1x install performance, 1 x file copy performance, 1,5x boot performance, 2x application launching performance and 3x multi tasking performance.

In the overall result the Kingston V+ 100 comes in about 14% slower than the SATA III drives and 7% faster than the Intel X25-M.

Battery life
To measure battery life the application Battery Bar was used. The notebook was set to browse the web, in balanced energy profile with low screen brightness. To simulate an active web browsing session, Chrome web browser was set to reload the home page of the forum at forum every 20 seconds.

Since the average total power draw was around 8 – 9 watt, the hard drive can make quite a difference.

The Kingston V+ 100 SSD performed nearly the same as a very efficient 5400rpm hard drive. People looking to boost their battery life are better off looking at other SSDs.

Performance after testing
After our intense real world testing we used AS-SSD compression benchmark to measure the impact of the large amount of data written to the SSD. We found no difference between before and after performance. TRIM is working well for this SSD so you shouldn’t have to worry about performance degradation after you’ve been using this SSD for a while.

Kingston managed to surprise us with very good real world performance. Especially for the average notebook user the Kingston SSD is a fine upgrade over any traditional hard drive.

To make the migration to an SSD easier Kingston also sells the V+ 100 in an upgrade kit. The kit includes cloning software, an installation guide, a 2.5-inch SATA enclosure with an accompanying USB-to-mini-USB cable, a SATA data cable, a power adapter cable and bracket for 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch conversion.


  • Good real world performance
  • Competitive pricing


  • No boost in battery life over 5400rpm hard drive



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