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Posted: November 22nd, 2004
Written by: Adam Honek

Test Setup

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.46GHz ES (1066MHz FSB)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2
RAM: 1GB (2 x 512MB) Crucial Ballistix DDR2-667 PC5300
Power Supply: Enermax EG651P-VE 650W
Graphics card: Galaxy 6600GT PCI-Express
Motherboard: Intel D925CV2
Chipset drivers: i925XE Intel INF Update v6.0.1.1002

Software #1: Sisoft Sandra 2004 SP2a
Software #2: Windows Explorer

Note: All tests were conducted at USB2 speeds.

Test Results

Our benchmarks tests yielded results close to what Swissbit specifies for the Twist Pro. The values we obtained were only marginally worse at around 7MB read and 6MB/sec write, this compared to the manufacturer's quoted 8MB/sec and 7MB/sec respectively. Further still these findings place it very much inline with other similar USB2 storage products. A file copy test we performed concerned with copying a 266MB file to the device took only 44 seconds to complete meaning 1GB can be transferred in around 160 seconds. Such performance enables many usage scenarios and for example is a good method for system administrators to carry program patches to machines where network access is disabled or limited. Not so long ago standard USB flash memory storage stormed the industry however its slow bandwidth (12Mbit/sec max) handling big files meant a long wait, with this second generation such nuisances are far less felt.

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