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Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB USB Drive
Page 2 - Testing & Conclusion
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: March 21, 2004
Category: Hardware
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Benchmarks were taken using the SiSoft Sandra Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark. I took two sets of benchmarks: USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 speeds. The USB 2.0 tests were taken on a KT400 based motherboard with USB 2.0 drivers installed. The USB 1.1 tests were ran on a KT333 motherboard with native USB 1.1 on board.

USB 2.0 Performance - SiSoft Sandra
Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark - Overall Drive Index - operations/minute
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
1011
761
 |
0
 |
173
 |
346
 |
519
 |
692
 |
865
 |
1038

The overall index shows a fairly high margin of victory for the Verbatim drive. Unfortunately, I do not have another 256MB thumb drive, but this should give a rough feel for the performance of the drive. The PNY drive has this interesting feature that creates a recycle bin when you delete things manually (say from a Windows Explorer window). I'm not sure if this had an adverse affect on the test. Either way, the Verbatim still is king by a pretty comfortable margin.

USB 2.0 Performance - SiSoft Sandra
Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark - Specific Scores - operations/minute
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
1315
904
404
277
83
59
 |
0
 |
225
 |
450
 |
675
 |
900
 |
1125
 |
1350
512 B Files 256 KB Files 2 MB Files

This graph is just a closer analysis of the benchmark above. You can see that the Store 'n' Go owns every file operation size.

USB 1.1 Performance - SiSoft Sandra
Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark - Overall Drive Index - operations/minute
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Trek Smart 16MB
635
504
188
 |
0
 |
109
 |
218
 |
327
 |
436
 |
545
 |
654

In the name of science (well, that is what I tell myself anyway), I benchmarked the drives on USB 1.1 hardware. The Verbatim takes a commanding lead here too, while both drives smoked the older, smaller, legacy USB 1.1 drive.

USB 1.1 Performance - SiSoft Sandra
Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark - Specific Scores - operations/minute
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Trek Smart 16MB
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Trek Smart 16MB
Verbatim Store 'n' Go 256MB
PNY Attaché 128MB
Trek Smart 16MB
635
504
277
155
123
50
24
20
8
 |
0
 |
109
 |
218
 |
327
 |
436
 |
545
 |
654
512 B Files 256 KB Files 2 MB Files

The faster, larger USB 2.0 drives overpower the Trek Smart ThumbDrive pretty handily in the USB 1.1 tests. The Verbatim drive takes the crown in this category as well.

Overall, the 256MB Verbatim Store 'n' Go has impressed me. Its size and weight are convenient and the overall package is nice looking. It's no speed slouch either; in fact, it's the fastest USB memory stick I have tested. You can find the drives online in the $90 - $100 (US) range, which is pretty competitive. There are cheaper drives, but not by much. Bottom line: great drive, fair price, what could be better?

Final Score Editor's Choice

5 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces


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