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Lots of Hi-Speed USB Pen Drives Tested - 512MB to 4GB - Testing

Today we check out a bunch of different Hi-Speed USB pen drives from a range of different companies - which one is best?

| USB Drives in Storage | Posted: Oct 23, 2006 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 3150MHz (7 x 450MHz FSB)

 

Motherboard(s): Gigabyte P965-DQ6 (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Memory(s): 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX PC8000 DDR-2 (DDR-900 1:1)

 

Graphics Card(s): XFX GeForce 7900GS Extreme (Supplied by XFX)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 7200.10 SATA2

 

Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP2

 

Drivers Used: nVidia ForceWare 92.91 / DX9c / Intel INF 8.1.1.1001

 

Now we've finished taking a look at all of the pen drives in the roundup, it's time to put all the impressive features and stylish appearances aside and work out which are able to offer the best performance numbers.

 

Sure, you would expect the big overclocking and gamer memory companies like Corsair and OCZ to be well in front but you might be surprised by some of the other pen drives in the roundup.

 

Features and appearance of a pen drive is important but if the pen drive performs like a dog, what good is that? Read on as we put all the pen drives through their paces to work out which one of the best performance in our range of storage related benchmarks.

 

We have also included a cheap no brand name pen drive along with a ThermalTake external HDD enclosure using a standard 5,400RPM notebook hard drive for comparison purposes.

 

- HD Tach

 

 

In our first test we put the pen drives through a run of HD Tach. As far as burst speeds go, the external notebook HDD is out in front but the big surprise is that the Crucial Gizmo! pen drive is leading the pen drive pack and only a little slower than the notebook HDD!

 

Silicon Power and Transcend trail a little further behind the fast Crucial pen drive with OCZ and Corsair sitting even further behind, which is a bit of a surprise.

 

- Read Speeds

 

 

In this test we time how long it takes to copy a 349MB TV episode from each pen drive to the master hard drive inside the computer - this will test the effective read speed of each pen drive.

 

Crucial is our winner again but only by a short margin - OCZ, Corsair and Silicon Power are hot on the heels of the Gizmo! drive. Poor old ADATA struggles way behind the pack, once again.

 

- Write Speeds

 

 

Here we switch things around and determine the overall write speeds of each pen drive. We are copying from the master hard drive inside the computer to the pen drive.

 

In this situation the external notebook hard drive has a clear advantage but Crucial manages to continue its lead with OCZ not too far behind with Silicon Power and Kingston showing good performance in these write tests.

Corsair Memory Flash Voyager 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (CMFUSB204GB)

 

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