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Zalman S Series 128GB SSD Review

Geekspeak411    -   December 21, 2010
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Price: $250
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Introduction:

With the ever-accelerating expansion in the SSD industry as prices plummet and speeds multiply, no one company has been able to corner the market and knock out the competition. Many companies have seen value in the SSD sector and have decided to jump into the open fray and try its hand at the game. You may now add Zalman to that list. Most people know Zalman for its very numerous and popular cooling solutions, as well as itsr cases and smaller accessories. Zalman has never really done anything major in the storage market until this new SSD push.

To begin with, Zalman is pushing out two fairly cookie cutter SSD lines - the N Series and the S Series. The N Series is its higher end, higher priced, SandForce-based line, with drives up to 256GB. The S Series is a bit more mainstream with a lower price and a JMicron controller. The S Series is offered up to 128GB and is what this review focuses on. Glancing at the specs (read up to 260MB/s, write up to 210MB/s, TRIM support), everything looks like a solid SSD, but will Zalman's first push into the market succeed? I intend to find out!

Closer Look:

Being the budget minded series, I would expect Zalman to refrain from putting too much fluff into such minor things as packaging. The drive comes in a very small, basic white box that foregoes the frills in favor of simplicity and economy. The packaging is not ugly, but it is very plain and simplistic. It effectively conveys a good amount of information in a small amount of space, so for that I'll say that Zalman is on the money here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the box, Zalman redefines the meaning of the words "Bare Minimum." The SSD slides out in a basic clear plastic tray with a USB cord and a folded quick start guide below it. That's it. It's okay though since it's the drive we're after here and technically, with the USB cord, everything needed to access it is included. As for the bare necessities, as long as the performance is there, I say go for it if it keeps the price down in the budget sector.

 

 

Pretty basic, so let's take a look at the drive.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HD Tune 3.50
  6. Testing: HD Tach, Sisoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: IO Meter, Startup & Shutdown
  12. Conclusion
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