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Mega Fifteen-way USB 2.0 Flash Drive Roundup

By: Chris Ramseyer | USB Drives in Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2008 4:00 am

Test System


Notebook: Lenovo T61p


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 @2.4GHz


Memory: 2x 1GB PC2-5300


Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2


I finally found a way to get my new Lenovo mobile workstation into an article. The T61p features Intel's mobile version of the Core 2 Duo in Merom flavor and joins it with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M. The widescreen 15.4 inch display is very good and although it is a little smaller than my previous Gateway 17 inch notebook screen, I have yet to notice since the Lenovo runs at 1920x1200.


All drive tests were performed on the same machine with the same Windows installation on the same USB 2.0 port.


HD Tach - Average Write Speed


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HD Tach has been around for a long time and is excellent when it comes to testing hard drive performance. It is also a very handy program when it comes to testing the controller used on particular motherboards. Tests such as Read, CPU Utilization and Burst are available at a click of the button and give you a good idea of how the hard drive can perform from system to system.


Fifteen Flash Drives Rounded Up


Before data can come off of a drive, first it has to go on. In the drive write test we found the difference between top to bottom performance scoring to be much larger than first anticipated. At the very top we found the two products that are built and marketed specifically for speed; the Lexar JumpDrive Lightning and Kingston DataTraveler HyperX and we're not surprised. The HyperX line is synonymous with high speed and with a name like Lightning we didn't expect a turtle either. The label on the Lightning stated the drive should perform close to 21 MB/s write speed, but our testing did not show that level of performance.


Just above the median level of performance is where we found the Crucial Gizmo! Plus and Kingston's DataTraveler 400. These drives performed well above the level of my daily use Corsair Flash Voyager that just two years ago was the speed king when it came to portable flash.


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