The Phison PS3110-S10 controller, or S10 controller as we will refer to it going forward, is a controller that we have seen a few times in the past. First, we saw it implemented on the Corsair Neutron XT. Next came Kingston's HyperX Savage. Shortly after, we saw this potent controller make an appearance on the Patriot Ignite, and lastly we got a taste of the S10 powered OCZ TRION 100. The Neutron XT features the S10 and Toshiba A19nm flash in BGA packages. The HyperX Savage features the S10 and A19nm Toshiba MLC flash in TSOP packages. The Ignite features the S10 and 16nm Micron asynchronous MLC flash in BGA packages. The TRION 100 features the S10 and A19nm Toshiba TLC flash in BGA packages. The Ignite performs well, the TRION 100 just the opposite, the Neutron XT and HyperX Savage both deliver top-level performance. The exceptional performance of the Neutron XT and HyperX Savage opened our eyes to the potential of the Phison S10 controller.
Zotac is a company mostly known for exceptional graphics solutions. Looking to broaden their portfolio, Zotac has expanded their offerings to include a new line of Solid State Drives. The drive we have on the bench today is Zotac's newly launched 240GB Premium SSD. This new SSD immediately piqued our interest, because it's powered by Phison's S10 controller, and premium Toshiba A19nm MLC flash; a known potent combination. Not only that, Zotac's entry into the SSD ring is priced right. Zotac's newly launched Premium SSD is currently selling for $80 for the 240GB model and $170 for the 480GB model, which is far less than both the Neutron XT and the HyperX Savage. More importantly, Zotac's Premium SSD is priced lower at launch than Samsung's 850 EVO typically sells for.
When we tested the Neutron XT and the HyperX Savage, we were particularly impressed with the sequential performance of both of these drives. Sequential performance and write transfer rates of these drives are unparalleled in the SATA arena. However, random 4K read performance at QD1 remains one of the few spots where we are hoping to see some improvement. In our opinion, a drive that can deliver 4K QD1 read performance of 10K IOPS is something that separates elite SSDs from the rest. We have heard rumors that Phison is working on firmware that will increase performance in this area, whether or not this rumor is factual or not we really don't know for sure. With that said, we do notice that Zotac's Premium series SSD are loaded with firmware that is a different revision than what we've previously seen. To be clear, all we have to go on is a rumor, and this firmware may be just a minor revision. We tend to believe this new firmware is a minor revision because it is still one series firmware.
We don't know a lot about Zotac's new SSD's except that they are Phison S10 controlled and that they are utilizing MLC flash arrays. Zotac didn't do a formal launch of the product, just an announcement and the drives showed up on Newegg. We didn't get any inside information like we usually do, but we managed to get our hands on a Zotac Premium 240GB SSD, so let's see what Zotac's first SSD can deliver.
Specifications: Zotac Premium 240GB SATA III SSD
The Zotac Premium SATA III 2.5" x 7mm FF SSD is available in two capacities: 240GB and 480GB. Sequential read performance for the 240GB model is listed as up to 520 MB/s. Sequential write performance is listed as up to 500 MB/s. Random 4K read performance is listed at up to 350 MB/s.
Random 4K write performance is listed as up to 330 MB/s. MTBF comes in at 2 million hours. Zotac backs their Premium series with an industry standard 3-year warranty. No TBW is given.
PRICING: You can find the Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SATA III SSD retails for $80 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SATA III SSD retails for £87 at Amazon UK.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]