It is interesting each time a company breaks into a new market. We have seen many different companies jump into the solid state drive market for its obvious benefits. As I said earlier in this review not only does this give Zotac another product line to profit from, but allows them to outfit their ZBOX mini PCs with these drives. This jump into the solid state drive market for Zotac is a win-win really.
For their first solid state drive they also selected a very solid platform in Phison’s S10 controller. We’ve seen this controller used in Corsair’s Neutron XT, Kingston’s HyperX Savage, Patriot’s Ignite and many more. This controller has definitely proved itself and looking at our results you can definitely see why so many companies are making use of it. The big difference in these drives is the NAND that is used, firmware, extra software, and warranty. Zotac packs in Toshiba’s A19 MLC NAND which has also proved itself over and over again.
When it comes to performance this drive is right up there with some of the best performing drives we have tested lately. With scores of 561 MB/s read and 533 MB/s it lives up to its advertised speeds. I did not notice any irregularities in our test results at all.
Now this is a completely stand-alone drive. There is no 7mm to 9.5mm adapter, internal hard drive adapter, free software or tool-box software. Many people do not need those things, but if you are looking for those this may not be the drive to get. On the other hand if you just need a drive this is definitely one to consider.
Zotac has also priced the drive aggressively. At $79.99 for the 240GB version it is less expensive than the other drives we listed above. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Zotac Premium Edition 240GB Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Great overall performance
– Built on a solid platform (Phison S10)
– Priced aggressively
– No accessories or bundled software