For our read and write tests in this review, we used the following system:
|Processor:||AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Winchester)|
|Motherboard:||Tyan Tomcat K8E (S2865AG2NRF)|
|Memory:||2 x 512MB OCZ EL PC-3200 Titanium|
|Graphics Card:||Leadtek WinFast PX6600GT TDH|
|Hard Drives:||160GB Western Digital SATA 7200RPM|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM & Lite-On 52x CD-RW|
|Add-On Devices:||NetGear WAG311 802.11g (Atheros)|
|GCC (GNU Compiler):||4.0.0|
The read and write tests used today were hdparm and timing of writing a file to the thumb drive. For our read test, we ran hdparm -t /dev/sde1 three times. This Linux command measures how fast the drive can sustain sequential data reads to /dev/sde1, which in our case was the thumb drive with a FAT32 partition. The average of the three runs was taken for most accurate results. For the write tests, we used time cp ~/100msdcf.tar.gz /media/usbdisk, which measures the amount of time needed to transfer 100msdcf.tar.gz from our system over to the thumb drive. This file was a 34.8MB compressed file with a variety of different photographs. For comparison purposes, we also benchmarked a Transcend JetFlash 64MB, Transcend JetFlash 2A 128MB, generic 256MB flash drive, and Corsair Flash Voyager 512MB. All of these drives are rated for USB2.0 and were FAT32 formatted. Below are our read and write results.
Just when we thought thumb drives had stopped shrinking, we were presented with the Transcend JetFlash 110. This thumb drive is the smallest flash device we've seen to date, with dimensions of 64 x 21 x 10mm! Looking back at these results, we were quite pleased by the Transcend JetFlash 110. The read results came in at 8.93MB/s, coming in second place to Corsair's Flash Voyager, and being just under the 10MB/s JetFlash 110 rating by Transcend. For the write tests, it took a mere 0.13 seconds to transfer the 34.8MB file; coming in first place. The $73.50 USD price tag for the 1GB model, and $145.00 tag for the 2GB counterpart are quite fair. Although the Transcend JetFlash 110 may not pack the punch of Corsair's Flash Voyager series, build wise, its level of performance is definitely top-notch. As a whole, we were quite pleased by the features and performance of the Transcend JetFlash 110 1GB.
· 1GB storage capacity
· Reasonably priced (~ $73)
· Sliding USB connector
· USB2.0 compliant
· Build quality could be moderately improved (i.e. water-proofing
and shock resistant)
· Short USB extension cable
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