USB Thumb Drive Vs. Hard Drive

Comparison Table and Test Setup

Manufacturer IBM Super Talent
Family Deskstar 16GP Pico C Gold
Model Number DTTA-351010
Max. Capacity 10.1 GB 8 GB
Available Capacities 3.2, 4.3, 6.4, 8.4, 12.9, 16.8 GB 1, 2, 4 GB
Rotational Speed (RPM) 5,400 RPM n/a
Storage Media 3 Disk Platters MLC Flash
Interface UltraATA/33 USB 2.0
Cache (MB) 464 KB n/a
Height 25.4 mm 3.4 mm
Weight 528 g 4 g

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processors 2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controllers Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Adaptec 48300 SAS controller
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB

Benchmarks
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
File server Benchmark
Web server Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark

System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver