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Zalman S Series 128GB SSD Review

Geekspeak411    -   December 21, 2010
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Conclusion:

Generally speaking, the midrange is nothing to scream about. In the SSD industry, there are a lot of new companies trying its hands at SSDs that have traditionally stayed avay from hard drives. Zalman is one of these companies and it is coming out swinging with both its N Series and its S Series. Although I looked at an S Series drive today, I see nothing that denotes its status as midrange because the price to performance to capacity ratio here is very potent. At $250, it is not very difficult to pick one or two of these babies up, and from what I've seen, if you do, you will not be dissappointed. The drive supports all the new technologies such as TRIM, and it has a MTBF rating of 1,000,000 hours. Couple that with Zalman's three year warranty and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal. I also like that the drive has an onboard USB port, as it opens up a lot of possibilities. Being that the drive is so lightweight, I can see someone using the drive as 128GB external hard drive. The accessory bundle that came with this drive was a bit of a disappointment at first, getting only a USB cable and a quick start pamphlet, but the drive definitely makes up for it between the performance and the price.

In my opinion, the biggest attraction to SSDs right now should be for notebooks and other portable devices. The attributes of SSDs all point toward lean mean number crunching machines. That said, the biggest issue with SSDs right now is their capacities. Most people have 250GB to 2-3TB drives in their computers and sit quite comfortably. When you nuzzle that down to 128GB, however, you may need some slim fast. The difference between this drive and the 30GB or 60GB drives is that the slimming is doable. By carefully picking and choosing what you want on your laptop, you can fit your life on to this super-fast drive. And it's really worth it. I cannot explain to you how nice it is to have my laptop instantly come back from sleep, and not only be back, but be instantly usable. The difference is huge. The entire system just feels snappier and don't get me started on boot times; they are much improved as well. If you are looking for a bridge to join the SSD colony, here is your chance. The Zalman S Series 128GB SSD gave good performance numbers for its price range, and is great for anyone looking to get rid of a bottleneck.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Performance
  • TRIM
  • 3 Year Warranty 
  • USB Ready

Con:

  • Capacity
  • Still uses JMicron controller
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  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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