Netac ZX10 2TB Review (Page 2 of 7)

Page 2 - A Closer Look, Test System

Netac is a Chinese company out of Shenzhen since 2004, although you probably have not heard of them until the last few years if you live in North America. With regards to the design of the SSD, I cannot help but think it has not quite shaken off its Chinese design roots. Neighboring companies from the area like Lexar has certainly been able to keep up with the latest trends, and we can see that with the SL660 BLAZE my colleague Aaron Lai reviewed last year. I am no professional industrial design critic, but I think the reason why the ZX10 looks tacky is because of outdated styling choices as well as inappropriate typefaces. There are too many lines and crevices going all over the place on the surface of the enclosure, and the silver reflective elements make it look cheap. I feel like Netac can significantly improve its aesthetics by cutting out all the unnecessary details.

The Netac ZX10 2TB weighs about 37g without the cable and is 102mm wide, 30mm deep, and 9.2mm thick according to the manufacturer. The enclosure is made out of aluminum, which is lightweight and great for heat dissipation to prevent thermal throttling. The matte finishes are mostly fingerprint resistant. All in all, this gumstick-format portable solid state drive feels solid and flexes to nothing.

I read online that some users experienced heat issues with their ZX10. To test this, I conducted an extended continuous workload test on this SSD and measured the surface temperature using an IR thermometer, The highest surface temperature I was able to record at any point was 44.1c. This is a bit warm, but not out of range compared to other USB SSDs. No thermal throttling was ever noticed.

As it is with the majority of the front of the Netac ZX10 2TB, the aluminum back has a matte black finish. A series of regulatory logos, model number, capacity, and the unit's serial number are found on this side as well. There are also 500GB and 1TB variants of the Netac ZX10.

One 30cm long USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable and one 30cm long USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable are included and plugs into the left side of the drive. The included cables are very reasonably long, and I am glad they included a Type-A cable for those who need it, even though pretty much every new PC has a USB Type-C port in 2024. Two tiny blue LEDs can be found next to the SSD's USB Type-C port. They stay on when powered and blink to indicate drive activity.

As always, because the ZX10 has an NVMe solid state drive inside and uses the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, the port already provides all the power it needs; no external AC adapter is required. The company makes no claims for any tests against extreme temperatures, shock, or vibration, so it follows there is no official IP certification. I would guess like any solid-state storage device, the Netac ZX10 2TB should be reasonably durable against these things in day-to-day use. There is no hardware encryption support with the ZX10.

I am not entirely sure what drive and controller resides inside the Netac ZX10 2TB. The company does not post the rated write endurance either. But what we can do is find out how it performs in the next few pages.

Our test configuration is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K
CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-D15
Motherboard: ASUS ProArt B660-Creator D4
RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 4x32GB
Graphics: ASUS Dual GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Chassis: NZXT H710i
Storage: Kingston KC3000 1TB, Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD 1TB
Power: Seasonic PRIME Ultra Titanium 850W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro

Compared Hardware:
- Netac ZX10 2TB
- ADATA Elite SE880 1TB
- Crucial X10 Pro 2TB
- Crucial X9 Pro 2TB
- Crucial X6 2TB
- Crucial X8 1TB
- Crucial X8 2TB
- Kingston XS1000 2TB
- LaCie Mobile SSD 500GB
- LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB
- Lexar SL660 BLAZE 1TB
- Lexar Professional SL100 Pro 500GB
- Western Digital Black P50 Game Drive SSD 1TB

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 8.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
7. Conclusion