Zotac Premium Edition SSD Review (480GB)

REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER

Finally, we wanted to see how performance was in a real world use when transferring large files to the SSDs. For this test we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30GB folder of movies off of one SSD to this one and time how long it takes. Once complete we can calculate the average speed.

Zotac Premium Edition SSD 480GB 30GB Transfer

The above results are very impressive. Write speeds averaged around 425MB/s during the 30GB transfer. This result places it in second place on our chart, second only to the Samsung 850 EVO! Let’s see how well it performs in our power testing.

POWER CONSUMPTION

For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we are now utilizing a Quarch Technology Programmable Power Module. It allows us to accurately measure power consumption over time and is flexible enough to allow us to test any SSD that comes our way.

Quarch Technology Power Module Angle

Our power analysis may change as time goes on, but for now we are looking at just a few metrics with the main goal of measuring our results against the manufacturer’s ratings. One, idle power consumption. Because most consumer systems are at idle for about 80% of the time, idle power consumption is an important measure to look at when understanding the efficiency of a drive. Next we look at startup consumption. This tells you how much power the device needs during startup and while it is usually more important when looking at HDDs and enterprise class storage, it is still something worth quantifying. After that we did averaged out the active power consumption from the 30GB file transfer. Finally, we went through our power logs during testing and listed the maximum power draw.

Zotac Premium Edition SSD 480GB Power Consumption

Here we can see that the results are average with similar drives in this capacity and performance bracket. The max power consumption is well regulated maxing out at 4.3W. The File transfer consumption was also good with a result of 3.3W.

Finally, we wanted to post up a graph of the difference in idle power consumption between many of the current SSD options in the market. Again, idle accounts for the majority power draw of a drive and considering the use a drive in laptop, idle power consumption can greatly affect battery life, therefore we feel we should compare it in its own graph.

Zotac Premium Edition SSD 480GB Idle

In the chart above we can see that SSDs are magnitudes more efficient than standard HDDs. The Zotac Premium Edition SSD shows very well controlled idle power consumption consuming only 70 milliwatts, which is spot on with the PNY CS2211 as well.

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Phison’s very reputable quad-core S10 controller and Toshiba’s A19 MLC NAND. Win Win!!!
Keep up the good work Zotac. Who said that mlc could not be affordable?

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Your price links take you to the ocz trion page.

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Fixed, thank you!

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I can’t believe Seagate just announced their 10 gig per sec ssd drives most likely for enterprise, probably consumer ones to follow.

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Zotac Premium Edition SSDs DO INDEED have a SSD Toolbox Utility:

https://www.zotac.com/us/files/download/by_product?p_nid=501163&driver_type=235&os=246&=View+results
Finally, another excellent SSD with power and data path protection, and it definitely outperforms the Crucial MX100!
Dave