Zalman S-Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review

Testing – HDTune Pro
HDTune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it.  Keep in mind it is a single-threaded application though.  Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.

hdtune read

hdtune read graph

The read score was pretty good compared to the other drives we have tested.  Up next we have the write benchmark.

hdtune write

hdtune write graph

As you can see from the results the write speed was a little lower than the rest of the pack.

Since the release of HDTune 3.5 there has been a new Random Access test added to the software. This test measures the performance of random read and write operations. Tests are taken in 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB, and random file sizes. The performance of the drive is reported in operations a second (IOPS), average access time and average speed. Here are both the results from the read and write random access tests.

hdtune io read

hdtune io write

What we normally like to see is 5000 or above for the 4K test.  The read results were good, but the write results were even better.  Our final HDTune test is the File Benchmark.

hdtune file

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