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Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Review – Zalman Enters The SSD Arena!

It was only a matter of time before Zalman jumped into the SSD ring as they have an excellent reputation for just about any technology related product one can think of.

Their first entries are the N-Series and S-Series of SSDs, the N-series containing the SandForce SF-1200 controller while the S-Series contains the JMicron 616 controller.  Today we will be hard at work putting the S-Series 128GB drive to the test.


The Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD is  a mid-level SSD which is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 128GB with prices from $79 dollars up to $219, as would be the typical price for this test unit.  The N-Series is presently available in capacities from 64GB to 128GB but their product site relates that new entries of 40GB and 256GB are expected soon.


Unlike most other manufacturers, Zalman has probably one of the most compact exterior packages we have seen which is just about the side of two decks of cards placed side by side.  The exterior graphics are of a nice design where the stamp ‘ 3 Year Warranty’ is clearly displayed on the lower right of the case.

Inside we find the SSD, a USB cable and instructions for quick migration of your present system which brings forward something that we think should be standard in every SSD sold, this being  a mini-usb connector on the SSD itself.  This allows this SSD to be not only one amazing boot drive when installed, but also, it can serve as one of the most secure external drives available anywhere if you need to transport and safe protect data.

Can a more secure source be found for external backup of your computer through a simple plug and transfer format?

The Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD contains the JMicron 616 controller along with 16 chips of Intel 8GB NAND for a total capacity of 128GB, however, the capacity is reduced to 119GB once formatted.


Disk CapacitySSD0032S1SSD0064S1SSD0128S1
Sequential ReadUp to 260MB/SUp to 260MB/SUp to 260MB/S
Write PerformanceUp to 60MB/SUp to 120MB/SUp to 210MB/S
NAND FlashMLC Intel
Write ModeMax374506688
Read ModeMax356343360
Idle Mode218207213
Suspend Mode (uA)<0.1<0.1<0.1
WattWrite ModeMax1.8702.5303.440
Read ModeMax1.7801.7201.800
Idle Mode1.0901.0401.070
Suspend Mode (mW)<0.5<0.5<0.5
MTBF1,000,000.00 hours
VoltageDC 5.0V _ 5%
ECC Function16 Bit / 512 Byte
Endurance10,000 Program/Erase Cycles
Operating Temperature0°C ~ 70°C
ROHS Compliant
Shock Resistance and Anti-Vibration
Dual Interface with SATA II & Mini-USB 2.0
128MB DDR2 Cache Buffer

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Test Protocol and Crystal BenchMarks

Pg3 – BenchMarks

Pg4 – Vantage Comparison and Conclusions


  • Cool! I’m glad you guys did a review of the 128GB version. My 2 32GBs in RAID 0 are still working great as my boot/adobe drive.

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