Transcend 1GB JetFlash 110
Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 21 June 2005. Page 3 of 3. Add A Comment

Performance:

For our read and write tests in this review, we used the following system:

Hardware Components
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)
Software Components
Operating System: FedoraCore4
Linux Kernel: 2.6.11-1.1369
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.

Conclusion:

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.

Pros:

· 1GB storage capacity
· Reasonably priced (~ $73)
· Sliding USB connector
· Small
· USB2.0 compliant

Cons:

· Build quality could be moderately improved (i.e. water-proofing and shock resistant)
· Short USB extension cable


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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.


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