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 …

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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 …

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Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Review – Benchmarks

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.46 SIMPLI SOFTWARE HDTACH VER. 3.0.4 HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.6 “ BENCHMARK HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.6 “ RANDOM TESTING Both ATTO and HDTune do an excellent job of not only confirming what we observed earlier in the Crystal DiskMark result, but also, they show us that the Zalman S-Series SSD is an excellent choice for the …

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Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Review – PCMark Vantage and Conclusions

PCMARK VANTAGE HDD SUITE The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience.  There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the …

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Win An OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 40GB SSD @ The SSD Review!

UPDATE::  Congrats to Site Member BUGLER for winning this SSD!!!! If we told you that you could have one of the top rated solid state drives available for absolutely free, would you be interested? Its TRUE!!!! The SSD Review and Other World Computing have teamed up to giveaway one of the fastest SSDs we have evaluated and it is free …

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RunCore ProV 240GB SSD Review – Better Than RAID 0!

One of the most frequent questions we receive with respect to SSD performance is whether the SSD can perform better than a RAID 0 configuration. We have never seen a single SATA 2.0 SSD perform better than any combinations of SSDs in RAID 0, at least not until we started testing the RunCore Pro V and ran a side by side …

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RunCore ProV 240GB SSD Review – PCB Composition & Test Protocol

PCB COMPOSITION The circuit board of the RunCore ProV 240GB SSD contains the SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222TA3-SBH) processor which makes this SSD scream.  RunCore couldn’t provide us with any information with respect to a recent refresh or firmware update to the line but, as you will see in testing, this drive is a racehorse just before the gate is lifted. There …

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RunCore ProV 240GB SSD Review – BenchMarks

CRYSTAL DISK MARK X64 VER. 3 (OFILL) There are different methods of testing solid state drives with Crystal DiskMark, the most common being through use use of random sample data or ‘oFill’ data in the test procedure. The manufacturer provides his specifications as we test with ‘oFill’ data. SandForce controlled SSDs utilize compression techniques that, when tested with random data beside a …

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RunCore ProV 240GB SSD Review – PCMark Vantage Comparisons

HDTUNE PRO  VER. 4.60 – FILE BENCHMARK HDTUNE PRO  VER. 4.60 – RANDOM ACCESS PCMARK VANTAGE HDD SUITE The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience.  There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in …

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RunCore ProV 240GB SSD Review – Conclusions

CONCLUSIONS In examining our reviews of the past few months, it has only been the last few reviews that SandForce SSDs have held top spot with such prominence. Our original intent was to tell you that the top 6 drives we have tested with PCMark Vantage are all ‘SandForce driven’ SSDs and all but one of these contain the SF-1200 series …

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