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USB Thumb Drive Vs. Hard Drive

Comparison Table and Test Setup

ManufacturerIBMSuper Talent
FamilyDeskstar 16GPPico C Gold
Model NumberDTTA-351010
Max. Capacity10.1 GB8 GB
Available Capacities3.2, 4.3, 6.4, 8.4, 12.9, 16.8 GB1, 2, 4 GB
Rotational Speed (RPM)5,400 RPMn/a
Storage Media3 Disk PlattersMLC Flash
InterfaceUltraATA/33USB 2.0
Cache (MB)464 KBn/a
Height25.4 mm3.4 mm
Weight528 g4 g

Test Setup

Processors2x 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 WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage ControllersIntel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Adaptec 48300 SAS controller
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
GraphicsOn-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
File server Benchmark
Web server Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,
Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver