Date: December 3rd, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Underneath the hood we can get a look at the NAND memory chips and JMicron JMF616 controller. Let's get this drive installed and see what it can do.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The physical installation of this drive is just like that of any other HDD – connect the power from the PSU, run a SATA cable from the motherboard to the drive, and you're done. The biggest challenge is finding a way to secure the drive inside a desktop PC case, because not many of them come ready for smaller 2.5” drives.
Thankfully, there are options. Products like the Icy Dock MB990SP and Icy Dock MB882SP help make installation inside a 3.5” bay a quick and easy process and won't break the bank. Check them out if you need a mounting solution.
Atto is a relatively old drive benchmarking program, but it's still widely used and the results are presented in an easy to read graph. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes across a specific volume length. The Zalman SSD performed admirably with read speeds closing right in on the advertised 260mb/s. Write speeds didn't quite make it to the advertised 210mb/s, but the numbers are still good.