- Introduction, Packaging and Closer Look
- Test Setup and Methodology
- Anvil Benchmark
- AS SSD Benchmark
- ATTO Benchmark
- CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
- Futuremark Benchmarks
- IO Testing
- Access Test
- Online Purchase Links
Disclosure: This review unit is supplied by Zotac
The solid-state drive business has many competitors. It will be interesting to see what Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD stands. Zotac might be a new name in SSDs, but isn’t in the DIY PC market. Zotac enjoys a long-standing reputation with good graphic card series and its well known ZBox mini-PC lineups even from the time when mini-ITX wasn’t really around.
Zotac Premium 240GB SSD comes in a simple and reusable packaging. The company introduces its SSDs with its usual selling points- better responsiveness, better load times, silent performance, increased durability, cooler temperatures and noticeable performance. For a drive of this class, it comes with a three-year warranty though personally I was hoping to see the ‘Premium’ factor in longer warranty period.
But I am happy that the graphic card maker didn’t slap the word “gaming” on it. PCs are versatile machines and SSDs reinvigorates that experience not just for gaming. I’ve observed that many users perceive it as a performance restriction when any products have that word, even though in reality it’s a versatile piece of hardware to begin with.
The SSD’S casing is metal and 7mm thick. Both panels are not fixed by screws, instead it clips each other and the only way to open them is to pry them out.
Interestingly, the drive does not have any thermal pads on the controller, dedicated cache or any of the NANDs.
Zotac ZTSSD-A5P-240G has a total of right DP58G5LAPA labelled NANDs which are Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND chips. This is the second SSD I am testing which uses a Phison PS3110-S10-X eight-channel SSD controller which can provide up to 100K/90k IOPs random read/write performance to MLCs. This controller is accompanies with a Nanya NT5CB128M16FP 256MB DDR3 DRAM Caching.