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Zalman S Series 128GB SSD Review



To find out how the Zalman S Series 128GB SSD performs, I will run it through the OverclockersClub benchmark suite, which uses both synthetic benchmarks and a few real world tests to see how this drive stacks up against drives using competing controllers, as well as a pair of traditional mechanical drives that use both the SATA 3GB/s and SATA 6GB/s interface. Each drive tested will be the only drive in the system and will have a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit with the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver package and the drive running in AHCI mode set in the BIOS. The only programs installed will be the benchmarks used in this review. This gives a more realistic expectation of performance versus running the drive as a bare slave drive, which would show higher results.

Testing Setup:

Comparison Modules:




  • Drive Tests:
  1. HD Tune 3.50 Pro
  2. HD Tach
  3. SiSoft Sandra 2009
  4. Crystal Disk Mark
  5. ATTO Disk Benchmark
  6. AS SSD
  7. PCMark Vantage


The benchmarks will give a broad picture as to how each of the drives performs, so you can make your conclusions based on the performance of each drive. Most benchmarks are not yet optimized for solid state drives, but included in the benchmark suite is a new benchmark designed for testing SSDs, AS SSD.

  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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