Corsair Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive Reviewjlqrb - February 26, 2010
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To test the performance of the Corsair Padlock 2 Flash drive, we will be comparing it to other drives on the market by running it through benchmarking programs, such as Flash Memory Toolkit and SiSoft Sandra, as well as some real world testing. The combination of these tests should give us a good idea of how the drive will perform in comparison to other USB Flash drives. Prior to testing the drive, it was formatted using FAT32, with the unit size set to default. All tests will be performed with the Corsair Flash drive in the rear USB port on my motherboard.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.20GHz
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 motherboard
- Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 @ 9-9-9-27
- Video Card: MSI HD R5770 Hawk 1GB
- Power Supply: ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/ 32MB Cache
- Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
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- Super Talent Luxio 64GB
- Kingston Data Traveler 2.0 8GB
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Read Speed - Low Level Benchmark:
The first Flash Memory Toolkit test will measure the read and write performance of the drive - higher is better.
Read and Write - File Benchmark:
The next test performed in Flash Memory Toolkit will use different file sizes to measure how long it will take to read and write files in KB/sec. Again, higher is better.
In the Flash Memory Toolkit's low level benchmark, the Corsair Padlock 2 came in behind all but one of the comparison drives in both the average read and multiplier speed tests. In the next set of tests, the Corsair drive performed well when it came to the larger file size write tests, but all other runs seemed to place the Padlock 2 somewhere around the middle in terms of performance.