Zotac Premium Edition SSD Review

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If I needed another SSD, I'd definitely put this one on my short list. I have a question though, that pertains more to [SSD] testing in general than to this specific drive, but it certainly applies: will two identical SSDs (including same firmware, e.g. two units bought off the shelf at the same time) have identical performance? We know that the "silicon lottery" affects timing and overclocking limits on RAM; does it also play a role in SSD performance? I would think not, but if so, would love to know why, and how much. Thanks.
 

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I don't know...

Samsung Evo Pro 1TB with 10 year warranty is around $400-$450...

I say splurge a little and get the capacity, performance, and 10 years of worry-free storage...
 

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I don't know...

Samsung Evo Pro 1TB with 10 year warranty is around $400-$450...

I say splurge a little and get the capacity, performance, and 10 years of worry-free storage...
I say if you want a drive for 10 years, wait for the new tech to arrive this year, a lot faster (over 3x) and with new connections (SATA is old already).
 

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Yes. I would be curious about this as well. This looks like a fairly nice drive and $140 for 480GB and Toshiba NAND looks pretty solid and a decent competitor to Samsung.
 

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Thanks for all of the excellent questions.

We tested the Q300 Pro (MLC version) and the review is in queue. We do not have the Q300 drive with TLC.

On the notebook battery life front, we measured the 850 Pro 512GB at 657 minutes. There are so many good drives available now and such a wide divide between the high performance and low cost models that we charts the drives separate.

There are size limits to for the performance charts. At some point I plan to list a couple of hundred drives in massive charts so everyone can see how they all stack up.

The 850 Pro is the only model from Samsung with a 10 year warranty. The 850 EVO carries a 5-year warranty. The SanDisk Extreme PRO also carries 10 years of coverage.

 
Am I missing something?
...Zotac manages to undercut the value-oriented SSD market leader (Samsung's 850 EVO) by a large enough margin to stand out from a crowded field of low-cost SSDs...
Zotac 480GB 3 year warranty $140 ($0.29/GB)
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 5 year warranty $151 ($0.30/GB)

That's considered a large enough margin...?
 

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Hmmm... prices as I look at it here from PCPP aren't favorable for the Zotac at all.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Toshiba Q300 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Zotac Premium Edition 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($154.78 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Toshiba Q300 Pro 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-29 16:07 EST-0500

 

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Can't believe I have to mention this again...

Please stop using bar graphs with non-zero origins. It completely defeats the visual purpose of a bar graph, as the immediate impact is totally misleading (sequential read).

 

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At this level of performance and features MLC technology, these are very good drives comparing to Crucial BX200 and Samsung 850 Evo. I will buy the 480GB version if it drops to $100.
 

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There were two charts. Excel just randomly chooses to change them from 0 to whatever it wants. I didn't catch it this time. It doesn't happen all of the time, it's actually fairly rare. It may happen once out of every 10 products and it's always just one or two charts but never the same ones.
 

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At the time of writing the 850 EVO 500GB cost more than it does now.

 

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I have a question though, that pertains more to [SSD] testing in general than to this specific drive, but it certainly applies: will two identical SSDs (including same firmware, e.g. two units bought off the shelf at the same time) have identical performance? We know that the "silicon lottery" affects timing and overclocking limits on RAM; does it also play a role in SSD performance? I would think not, but if so, would love to know why, and how much. Thanks.
I would guess that the performance would typically be identical, but differences could develop over time due to the flash memory deteriorating at different rates. Reading can be slower if more extensive error correction is required. I think that writing flash can also get slower as the flash deteriorates, because writing is an iterative process where the the controller adjusts the cell charge and then verifies that the charge is correct, making additional adjustments if it is not.

Eventually pages can deteriorate to the point where they have to be taken out of service, decreasing the amount of spare memory available, which can slow down writing because a smaller spare area makes garbage collection more challenging.
 

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'Still awaiting the 2.0 firmware'

Does this mean that I can buy this drive now and expect a performance increase when the new firmware arrives?
 

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Zotac will have to releases it as an update if/when available. The company doesn't have a long history in the SSD market so we don't have a historic record to go on. Some companies are very fast to validate new firmware and others take a bit longer.
 

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I ordered two of the 240GB drives. So far the performance is great. They're my first set of SSD's so I don't have a whole lot to compare it to. But I can say that the day to day performance of these drives is great.
 

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Happened again with the 750 EVO review. ;)


 
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