We can see from our tests that the Zalman F-Series offers a slightly better level of performance than the Kingston SSDNow V+200 in most cases.
Despite the two drives having almost identical hardware inside, we found the Zalman F-Series to perform better when dealing with incompressible data than the Kingston V+200. On all of the incompressible data tests in CrystalDiskMark, the Zalman F-Series showed significant performance advantages over the Kingston V+200. However, on the compressible data tests, the two drives exhibited a very similar level of performance.
We still have to take into account the price of the drives, though, as this is one of the most important factors for buyers to consider before purchasing an SSD. As we mentioned earlier in the review, the Zalman F-Series isn’t yet available in the U.S., but in the UK, it retails for GBP 90, which converts to about USD 140 at the time of writing this review.
Considering the vast expense of the Zalman F-Series, we would definitely recommend the Kingston SSDNow V+200 over the Zalman. The performance advantages aren’t nearly large enough to justify spending an extra USD 50. In fact, unless the Zalman F-Series is released into the market at a very similar price to the Kingston SSDNow V+200, the Kingston drive would be a better buy, because in terms of real world performance, the differences would be very small.
Kingston also includes the upgrade bundle for no extra cost, which helps to sweeten the deal. Zalman does include a CD key for some imaging software and a 3.5” drive adapter, but this isn’t quite as good a package as what Kingston offers. As as result of its reasonable price and good level of performance, we are giving the Kingston SSDNow V+200 our Silver Award.