Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Review – Test Protocol & Initial Tests

TEST BENCH CONFIGURATION

Motherboard Asus Rampage III Gene SATA 6Gb/s USB3
CPU Intel i7-930 CPU@2.80Ghz (OC’d to 3.2Ghz)
RAM 6Gb G.Skill 1600 Triple Channel
Graphics MSI N460GTX DDR5 768MB
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream-Pro 600w
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212+
OS Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Wifi Belkin Surf & Share Wireless USB Adapter
Monitor Dell E228WFP 22″ Flat Panel
Desktop Case BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case (x)
Front Loading Mobile SSD Rack Icy Dock SSD 4 x 2.5″ Mobile Rack (x)

SOFTWARE AND TEST PROTOCOL

Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, HDTach, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage.  The first four do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or don’t want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

In order to ensure accuracy of tests throughout the evaluations, tests may be repeated or conducted in safe mode to confirm consistency throughout and eliminate any possibility of a wild card result.  Safe mode may be utilized as well as any other number of set criteria to ensure that tests conducted at present do not differ from those conducted in the past.  Where comparative SSDs are still in the possession of The SSD Review, we will follow every opportunity to gain fresh test evaluations from sample media.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO

CRYSTAL DISKMARK VER. 3.0 x64

We were a bit surprised with the initial tests because, quite frankly, we had never seen a JMicron controller with 4k random write test results as high as 46MB/s.  We found these tests to be a great indicator as to how far we have progressed in the past year, much less how drives with the JMicron controller have really pulled up their scores.  These are excellent results.

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Test Protocol and Crystal BenchMarks

Pg3 – BenchMarks

Pg4 – Vantage Comparison and Conclusions

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