by Charles Jefferies

Kingston Intros 30GB SSD Boot Drive

CES 2010 – Kingston has announced its SSDNow V Series 30GB Boot Drive, the latest addition to its V (Value) series of solid state drives (SSDs). The2.5-inch 30GB drive supports TRIM under Windows 7. The drive is designed for desktop users to be used in conjunction with an existing hard drive; the SSD is used for Windows and programs, while data (photos, music, and so on) stays on the hard drive.

The drive will be available standalone or with a bundle including cloning software, a 2.5- to 3.5-inch mounting bracket, and SATA data and power cable extenders. The 30GB SSD has maximum sequential read/write speeds of 180/50 MB/s, respectively, and has a 500,000 hour MTBF.

The SSDNow V Series 30GB boot SSD will retail for $109.99 but will have promotional launch pricing of $79.99 after rebates when it launches in February. The desktop bundle will retail for $124.99; a twin pack of SSDs will also be offered but pricing/availability information is not available.