Super Talent The Godfather 16GB USB Flash Drive Review
Reviewed by: The Smith
Reviewed on: March 9, 2009
A few days back, I was politely asked to review this USB flash drive, but I refused. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse", he said. The next morning, when I woke up, I was covered with blood. I slowly lifted the sheets and I cried to death. I had found the head of my dog, freshly cut. A bit later, I ended up having the gun on the temper. I had no choice but to review this USB flash drive if I wanted to stay alive.
...I'm joking, obviously! However is that reminding you something? What if I tell you it is a movie from Paramount Pictures published in 1972? Yes, you got it. It comes from "The Godfather". This movie is considered by many one of the best movies ever. Thirty-six years later, Super Talent, a manufacturer specialized in memory with more than twenty years of experience, is making a USB flash drive with The Godfather as its theme. Included with it are quotes and still images from the movie, a deal that every fan of that classic cannot miss. So let's see what is special about this thumb drive.
The thumb drive is sold in the typical small toy package. Nevertheless, it gets the job done. It protects the product from being scratched while still letting the buyer see it. Obviously, the cardboard reflects the thumb drive's theme: The Godfather. It is stated on the dark round spot that it includes quotes and still images from the film. A 16GB sticker has also been affixed. This shows there are different capacities for The Godfather thumb drives. This one is the largest one, however there are smaller ones, down to 1GB. On the back of the package, it is written that the drive is USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible, plug-n-play and that no driver is required for most operating systems - the standard for USB flash drives. Finally, there is a picture of The Godfather himself.
The Godfather USB flash drive has a very sturdy rubber envelope. On the front, the title of the movie is written. Another small sticker about its capacity has been affixed on its right. At the back, there is another red shape. At first glance, you might not see what it represents. I thought it was a blood spill! If you still don't see what it is, I'll make you wait a few moments. You'll realize what it is a bit further down the page. Also, since The Godfather is copyrighted by Paramount Pictures, Super Talent has to write it on the USB flash drive. This is what you see in grey.
Removing the cap reveals the USB port. It fits tightly on it so there is no risk of losing by accident. If one pulls on the USB port, the other rubber part can be removed, however it is tighter than the the cap. It reveals the interiors of the USB flash drive. In fact, the metal USB port is part of the same thick piece of metal protecting the circuit. By the holes, one can see the memory chip and a small LED.
With the thumb drive is a small chain with another rubber piece. This one can be inserted in a diagonal hole in the corner. The rubber piece is exactly the size of a female USB port. It is used to put the cap on it when the USB drive is in use so that it won't be lost during usage.
When the USB flash drive is plugged into a computer, the small LED we've seen earlier lights red though a small transparent hole in the rubber casing. If the thumb drive is accessed, the LED will flash. Finally, I put it alongside a penny to show you how small it is. It is exactly 48mm long.
Do you recognize this shape? This is the one at the back of the USB flash drive! Yes, this is Don Corleone's face. These pictures are a glimpse of the collection that comes preloaded on the drive. There are 19 of them and some are in other languages, including french and spanish.
Overall, The Godfather USB flash drive has a nice design. Now let's see if the performance of this device is worthy of the Don himself.
- Ideal for carrying pictures, music & data
- Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
- Powered by USB bus - no external power is required
- Durable solid-state storage - 10 years data retention
- Hot Plug & Play – enables you to install and uninstall drive anytime
- Includes The Godfather still images and quotes
All information on this page is courtesy of Super Talent @ http://www.supertalent.com/products/stt_usb_detail.php?type=GF
To test the performance of the Super Talent The Godfather 16GB, I will use a program that is called Flash Memory Toolkit. The free demo of this program will be used to do the testing. This consists of a low level read test, which will check memory bandwidth on the device, and then a write test of different file sizes. The next benchmark will be the removable storage SiSoft Sandra benchmark. Finally, I will test once again the write speed by copying on it our custom files - the same ones we use for the WinRAR benchmark. All thumb drives have been formatted beforehand and they are plugged in a rear USB port on the motherboard.
- CPU: Intel Core i7 920 150x20 = 3 GHz
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum SLI
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card(s): Nvidia GTX 260
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB 7200.11 SATA
- Opticals: Pioneer DVR-212DBK
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
We will see how the Corleone family fares against the other important Kingston and Lexar families.
- Super Talent Luxio 64GB
- Kingston Data Traveler 2.0 8GB
- Lexar JD Firefly 1GB
Read Speed - Low Level Benchmark:
This is the first benchmark from Flash Memory Toolkit. This test outputs a speed in megabytes per second and a "times" factor. For both scores, higher is better.
The Godfather flash drive beat the hell out of the others, including the Luxio 64GB.
Read and Write - File Benchmark:
The second benchmark in the Flash Memory toolkit is the file read and write test. It will give us a speed in KB/s. The program uses 5 different files of 1 MB, 2 MB, 3 MB, 4 MB, and 5MB. Once again, higher is better.
Don Corleone received a few bullets in the body by the Kingston gangsters. Fortunately, he survived and took his revenge in all other fights.
Read and Write - File Benchmark:
SiSoft Sandra also performs a read and write test, however the file sizes vary from 32kB to 256MB. All results are written in MB/sec. Higher is better.
The endurance benchmark tests the speed at which the thumb drive writes to specific sectors. This time, results are in kB/sec.
This time, the Corleone family lost four battles. The Godfather will have to plan a meeting and make an agreement with the other families if he wants to minimize the losses and protect his family members.
Write - File Benchmark:
The last benchmark I will perform on our guinea pig is the writing of our custom OCC files. These are the same files used in the WinRAR benchmark. The time required is indicated in seconds. I will start the stopwatch at the same time as I click on 'copy' and stop it as soon as the 'copying' window disappears. So this time, lower is better.
The Corleone family demonstrated its domination over all other families.
The Godfather USB flash drive has a really nice design. The Godfather written in red on black really gives it a gangster style. Furthermore, its sturdy rubber casing will protect it from any impact. Despite this thick envelope, the thumb drive is still very small; It can even be used as a keychain. For the fans of the film, a collection of quotes and still images is included in the drive, in four different languages. In our benchmarking suite, it won almost every test. It seemed the gun hidden in the washroom was of great use. Its opponents were easily eliminated, each with two bullets in the head. That nice thumb drive is sold for a mere $35, whereas other models on the market are sold for more than $50. This is what I call "an offer one can't refuse"!
The only minor downside of The Godfather USB flash drive, is Don Carleone's face at the back of it. For some people it might be obvious that it is a face, but for me it was not. I thought it was a random blood spill until I saw the same picture in the included images.
- Nice design
- Sturdy rubber casing
- Included The Godfather quotes and images
- The face at the back is not obvious for everyone