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When Size Really Matters: Smallest Flash Cards

Test Setup

Hardware
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2 Cache (Willamette)
MotherboardIntel 845EBTIntel 845E ChipsetBIOS BT84520A.86A.0024.P10
Memory256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2.0Micron/Crucial
Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100-Controller (ICH4)On-Board USB 2.0 (ICH4)On-Board FireWire
Graphics cardATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Network3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating systemWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600Service Pack 1
Benchmarks & Measurements
Performance measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6
I/O performanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driver5.1.2001.0 (Windows XP Standard)
IDE driverIntel INF Drivers 5.02.1003
DirectX version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz

USB Card Reader

For installation, we tried out three different USB-based card readers. Although none of the available micro format card vendors publish performance figures to let them grab market share from faster flash products, all three devices proved to offer acceptable performance. In general, these micro formats fit into some kind of SD adapter, which then makes them readable to any device that can read SD cards. That's why we had no difficulties with our testing.