Zotac jumps into the SSD market with its Premium SSDs

The 2.5" SATA SSD market is full of competitors, but it's time to make room for one more. Zotac's Premium SSDs will soon join the crowd of products already vying for your SSD dollar.

Zotac's Premium SSDs use Toshiba MLC NAND in 240GB and 480GB capacities. A Phison S10 controller runs that flash. The controller gets 512MB of DDR3 cache for the 480GB model and 256MB for the 240GB drive. Both drives are rated for 500MB/s of sequential writes. Sequential reads are slightly different between the two: the larger version has a 560MB/s rating compared to 520MB/s for the smaller model.  Zotac makes no mention of random read or write specs.

The expected write endurance for the Premium SSD family scales with capacity. Zotac says the 480GB drive will endure 480TB of writes, while the 240GB model can take  214TB. The Toshiba MLC NAND in both drives is rated for 3,000 program and erase cycles. Zotac backs these drives with a three-year warranty. 

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    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Phison S10 with TLC is a bit meh. With MLC NAND the Phison S10 is decidedly average, so crippling it with TLC just makes it even less appealing.

    With the BX100 often offering the best cost/GB [b<]*AND*[/b<] performance that rivals prosumer drives selling for far more, it's really hard to find any appeal for a rebrand of a sub-par controller/flash combination from a company that has never released a storage product before. No thanks, and please don't call again.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 4 years ago

    You have to wonder why someone at Zotac thought, “Hey, you know that SSD market flooded with me-too wannabes? We should do that.”

    Because that man or woman should be looking for a job somewhere else.

    • TruthSerum
    • 4 years ago

    “The expected write endurance for the Premium SSD family scales with capacity.”

    This… makes less sense than I expected. Is this overprovisioning or what?

    +100% capacity = +100% endurance also?

      • dmjifn
      • 4 years ago

      Well, the next sentence explains that some. It reads to me to be “+100%” over the next lower capacity, not +100% relative to its own capacity. In other words, endurance in total writes is linear with capacity. Not that each cell becomes more durable.

        • cygnus1
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<] 480GB drive will endure 480TB of writes, while the 240GB model can take 214TB. [/quote<] I think the point he's making is that the larger drive supposedly has more endurance per GB of capacity than the smaller one. Linear increase would've seen double endurnace with doubling of capacity, so the 480GB drive should have 428TB of write endurance, not 480TB.

          • dmjifn
          • 4 years ago

          I guess he can comment on what he means by it. I took it to mean the same thing you said. However, I disagree with your conclusion: 214TB is pretty close to 240TB – and a linear trend – in the big picture.

        • TruthSerum
        • 4 years ago

        ” In other words, endurance in total writes is linear with capacity. ”

        That’s the question, is that actually a valid claim?

        The +100% was my pseudo math for brevity and laziness.

    • jessterman21
    • 4 years ago

    Hmmm, these had better be competitively priced… The 500GB BX100 is $150 today…

    • Wirko
    • 4 years ago

    I would expect smaller than 2.5″ from Zotac.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 4 years ago

    Only a 3-year warranty? Way to blow the doors off their hinges.

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