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Zalman N Series SandForce 128GB Solid State Drive - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance

Zalman jumps on the SSD bandwagon and partners with SandForce for their highest performing offering.

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 27, 2011 5:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Zalman



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: AVADirect, GIGABYTE, Cooler Master, LSI, Corsair. and Noctua.


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ATTO Baseline Performance


Version and / or Patch Used:2.34


ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.




Zalman didn't mention in their spec sheet if their new N Series uses High IOPS programming or if the drive uses the standard configuration. We get to answer that for them in this test. The 4K test result was nearly 180MB/s, the magic number for High IOPS, or as they say on TV, It's in there. The standard programming drives are limited to around 130MB/s write speed at the 4K block size.

Our tests also show that Zalman is holding their claimed read and write speeds down a little. Here we see that we were able to achieve better results than what Zalman claims. The read test delivered just over 285MB/s and the write test delivered over 275MB/s.


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