Today we will reviewing the Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD. Its features a super fast Phison S10 controller coupled with 256MB DDR3 DRAM cache. What’s more, it’s only 7mm thick, which means it can be installed into most notebooks that feature the 2.5″ form factor.
According to Zotac, the Premium Edition offers sequential read speed of up to 530MB/sec, while sequential write speed can reach up to 500MB/sec. Available capacities are 240GB or 480GB.
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I think SSDs are the norm of today. Most users will use it as a boot drive, giving you quick boot up in Windows 10. A good size would be 240GB or 480GB.
Not a lot of people know this, but there are several types of NAND flash memory used in most of today’s SSDs. The two most popular are SLC and MLC. Here’s a little background taken from Tomsitpro.
SLC — Single Level Cell: the most expensive, longest lived (high P/E), and generally fastest. Bits are stored only as 2 voltage levels, or a “1” or “0.” In SLC less data is stored per cell, so the per unit storage cost is higher.
MLC — Multi-Level Cell: is consumer grade and used in phones, cameras, and USB sticks. The stored charge in MLC may be interpreted as a variety of values, 0 to 3, or 4 possible states, and may store 2 bits. With shorter lifetimes, usually 10x less than SLC, the advantage of this memory is that the cost is 2- 4x less than SLC, but with lower write speeds. MLC typically uses some form of error correction code per block.
The Premium Edition SSD from Zotac is equipped with the super fast Phison S10 controller along with MLC NAND flash memory. It offers a maximum sequential read and write speeds up to 530MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, using a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface. What’s more, it also comes with 256MB of DDR3 DRAM cache which helps boost its performance.
I’m expecting some good results from the Zotac Premium Edition SSD. Let’s see how well it will perform. We will be comparing the performance of the Zotac Premium Edition SSD with the recently reviewed Crucial MX300, the Adata XPG SX930 and the Kingston Savage SSD.
For those who don’t know who Zotac is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.
Innovation, Quality and responsibility
ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.
Now, let’s check out the features and specifications of the Zotac Premium Edition SSD 240GB.