On top of testing the OCZ Trifecta for its transfer results we had also tried out the Trifecta in a variety of gadgets and connecting it directly into a computer. As expected, the Trifecta had no compatibility problems and would accept whatever we threw at it. When it came to benchmarking it, we had used hdparm for our read testing and compared the Trifecta against the recently reviewed Corsair 1GB 133x and Corsair 2GB 60x SD cards. The Trifecta is rated for 66x transfer speeds and in our hdparm read tests the OCZ Trifecta was consistently reading at about 5.85MB/s. Meanwhile, repeating our Corsair testing the 60x and 133x cards were both reading at about 6.22MB/s. When it came to writing files to the disk, the Trifecta was about the same speed as the Corsair 60x 2GB card. All testing was done within Fedora Core 6 using the Linux 2.6.20 kernel.
While Secure Digital adapters for microSD cards are not new, OCZ Technology managed to take the adapter one step further by making the SD card compatible with any USB port. We really like this feature as it eliminates the need of a memory card reader, which is great if you happen to forget the card reader while traveling. The OCZ Trifecta's USB interface is equally handy if you just want to quickly transfer photographs or media to your computer without needing to go dig through your camera bag for a card reader. However, due to microSD limitations, the Trifecta is only available in 1GB and 2GB models at this time. The transfer speeds for both models are 66x, but this product is backed by OCZ's five year warranty. The 1GB OCZ Trifecta will set you back about $22 USD, which is about twice as expensive as a normal 1GB SD card that doesn't present this extra functionality. Overall, we feel the OCZ Trifecta is a very handy product for any gadget enthusiast.
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Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10