Mushkin Mulholland 16GB & 32GB Flash Drive Review

gotdamojo06 - 2010-08-26 19:09:39 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: September 26, 2010
Price: 16GB - $35.49 | 32GB - $66.49

Introduction:

Personal data files keep on growing larger and larger and the need to transport them from computer to computer and keep them on us at all times is becoming greater and greater. There is a good solution to the need to transport large digital files, which is to keep them on a flash drive. Mushkin has the 16GB and 32GB versions of their previously released Mulholland Drive that you can currently get. The Mulholland Drive series is built with speed in mind, so Mushkin has done all they can to make sure that your transfer speeds and file capacity are going to be as high as they possibly can and keep your pocket happy. I am very curious to see how well these two drives are going to be able to compare to some of the competition.

Closer Look:

Looking at the packaging for the Mushkin Mulholland 16 and 32 GB flash drives, they look identical with the only exception being the tag on the drive itself saying what the capacity is. There is the Mulholland Drive logo printed at the top of the package with the tag line under it saying "USB Flash Memory" giving you a simplistic description of what the device packaged is. There is an image of a camera, word document and a film strip giving you a few ideas of the types of files that you could store on the drive. The Mushkin logo is printed at the bottom of the package, letting you know who's product it is. When you look at the back of the package you are going to get a good description of exactly what the drive is intended for, and it goes into describing that Mushkin has engineered the drive to offer incredible read/write speeds which in turn will leave you valuable time when you are transferring files to the drive. There are Facebook and Twitter logos as well as the Mushkin Website and address printed at the bottom letting you know how you can contact Mushkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you pull the drive out of the packaging, you are going to see on one side you have the Mulholland logo printed with the drive capacity printed below it with the Mushkin enhanced logo printed on the reverse side. There is a removable plastic cap that covers the USB connector to keep it safe from getting dirt, dust, or any other physical damage to make the drive unusable.

 

 

 

Now that we know what the Mushkin Mulholland drive looks like, it's time to get into the testing of the drive and see how she compares to the others out on the market. I am very curious to see how the drive compares to the 2GB version that I previously reviewed. 

Specifications:  

 

16 GB

32 GB

Max Read

32 MB/S

32 MB/S

Max Write

17 MB/S

17 MB/S

Operating Temperature

0-70°C

0-70°C

Storage Temperature

-40-85°C

-40-85°C

Power Consumption (Normal)

67.03mA

67.03mA

Power Consumption (Suspend)

0.39mA

0.39mA

Power Consumption (Sleep)

0.38mA

0.38mA

Power Consumption (Read)

104.12mA

104.12mA

Power Consumption (Write)

118.74mA

118.74mA

 

Features:  

Testing:

To test the performance of the Mushkin Mulholland 16 & 32GB flash drives, I will use a program that is called Flash Memory Toolkit. The free demo of this program will be used to perform 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 into a rear USB port on the motherboard.

Testing System:

 

Comparison Drives:

 

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 Mushkin Mulholland 16 & 32GB drives were only beaten out by the Super Talent DH 2GB drive, and they all were able to put the Imation Swivel Pro to shame.

Testing:

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 five different files of 1 MB, 2 MB, 3 MB, 4 MB, and 5MB. Once again, higher is better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to the write performance, the Mushkin Mulholland drives were smoked by the Super Talent drive. However, the read testing was pretty close between them.

Testing:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endurance Benchmark:

The endurance benchmark tests the speed at which the thumb drive writes to specific sectors. This time, results are in KB/sec.

 

 

For the majority of the SiSoft Sandra testing, the Mulholland Drives and the Super Talent DH drive were pretty well balanced, as each of them had a few examples where they pulled out in the lead by a good margin.

Testing:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it came to the smaller file (10 MB) the Mulholland Drives were able to beat the Super Talent drive by a whole second; however when the files got larger, the Super Talent DH drive took the lead.

Conclusion:

Looking at the Mushkin Mulholland drive, I was very much impressed to see how well the 16 and 32 GB versions performed compared to the other drives. They were able to perform quite well for their capacity, and I was surprised to see how close they were to the Super Talent DH 2GB in the real world testing. This is going to prove to be a very valuable aspect of the drive, especially when you are looking at such a large capacity flash drive and you know that you are going to be using the drive for storage for some larger files. The physical size of the Mulholland series is also something that is very appealing to me, as it is not too small that you are going to easily be able to set it down and lose it but it is not too big and bulky that it is going to be uncomfortable carrying it around in your pocket or on your key chain, which is where I usually keep a flash drive. The plastic cap at the USB connector end is intended to keep the USB connector safe from damage, be it from dust and dirt or from being scratched up or bent. The cover on the USB connector is a great idea and I am a huge fan of it, however the plastic cap does not have any way to be connected to the drive when it is removed, so it could fall off and easily get lost. If you are looking for a new flash drive that is going to offer you some quick speeds and you need a larger capacity drive, I would definitely look at the Mushkin Mulholland Drive series.

 

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