Solid state drives offer much better performance than traditional mechanical hard drives, so they are ideal for those who want the best possible performance from their system. Today we are going to look at two 60 GB SSDs, the Kingston SSDNow V+200 and the Zalman F-Series. Which one should you buy? Read on.

Those who want to enjoy the performance benefits at the lowest possible cost will usually combine a low capacity 60 GB SSD for speed and a mechanical hard drive for storage. We wouldn’t recommend using a 60 GB unit in a laptop or desktop without a secondary storage, as it would have very little capacity left after the operating system and programs are installed.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial, which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs. Both of the SSDs featured in this review use MLC memory chips.

Kingston SSDNow V+200 vs Zalman F-Series 60 GB SSD ReviewFigure 1: The two SSDs on test

In the table below, we are comparing the Kingston SSDNow V+200 with the Zalman F-Series 60 GB.Both units use a SATA-600 interface and occupy the standard 2.5” form factor.

Manufacturer  Model  Model #  Capacity  Price 
Kingston  SSDNow V+200  SVP200S3/60G  60 GB  USD 90 
Zalman  F-Series  SSD0060F1  60 GB  GBP 90 (about USD 140) 

We researched the prices on the day that we published this review and observed the following:

  • Our sample of the Kingston SSDNow V+200 is the “Upgrade Bundle Kit” version. The standalone drive is also available for the same price at should you not require the upgrade accessories.
  • The Zalman F-Series isn’t yet available for sale in the U.S. The price was taken from and converted directly to USD.

In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives. Most chip manufacturers don’t detail the specifics of their chips on their websites, so we are only linking to what we found.

Model  Controller  Buffer  Memory
 Kingston SSDNow V+200  Sandforce SF-2281 NA  Intel 29F64G08ACME3
Zalman F-Series Sandforce SF-2281 NA Intel 29F64G08ACME3
Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.