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The Next Step, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
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To demonstrate the advantages of USB 2.0, we used Nero CD Speed 0.83 Beta and HDTach 2.61 to show the performance increase when switching from USB 1.1 to USB 2.0. As you can tell from the chart below, we didn’t use a top-of-the-line machine to do the testing. Heck, by today’s standards, we didn’t even use a middle-of-the-road machine. We decided to build a low-end machine to show that you don’t have to have the latest P4 2.4G Frag Master to enjoy the benefits of USB 2.0.

Testing Configuration
Motherboard Asus P3BF - Intel 440BX Chipset
Processor Intel Celeron 300A
Memory 128 MB RAM - PC100
Graphics Card Creative Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT
Network HP 10/100 PCI NIC
USB 2.0 Card IOGear GIC250U - 5 Port USB 2.0 PCI
Hard Drive Maxtor 90840D6 8 GB - 5400 RPM
CD Drive BTC BCD-40XH
PC Case Generic ATX case w/ Antec PP-352X 350W Power Supply
OS Windows XP Professional w/ all patches applied
Test Software HDTach 2.61 & Nero CD Speed 0.83 Beta
Media Verbatim DataLifePlus 24X - Super AZO
ION Hard Drive IBM TravelStar 12GN 12G - DARA-212000 - 4200RPM
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