Thecus YES Nano N1050 OTG: More Than Just a Mobile Backup Box?

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Processor(s)2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604)Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAMCorsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Test Hard Drive ISeagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641500 GB, 7,200 rpm, 16 MB Cache, SATA/300
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)Silicon Image SATALink SiL3512Driver FastTrak TX4310Driver SATA 300TX4Driver
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics CardOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performancec’t h2benchw 3.6PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Performance When Backing Up USB Devices

We used photos from our robocopy benchmark as the standard backup for digital still cameras. The test setup consists of 395 files with 1 GB in total size.

The Memina Rocket 4 GB and Crucial Gizmo ! 2 GB USB drives were compared with a Casio EX-750 camera to see if the data transfer rate would vary from device to device :

Indeed, it looks like the Thecus N1050 will work only as fast as the USB devices you use along with it. The USB flash drives worked quickly, but the Casio EX-750 digital camera was markedly slower, with almost half the transfer speed of the Memina Rocket drive. The camera took six minutes and 50 seconds to transfer 1 GB of data, while the Memina Rocket drive did the same job in four minutes and 20 seconds.

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