How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only different device was the USB Drive being tested.

Hardware Configuration

  • Motherboard: DFI LAN Party 925X-T2 (Intel 925X, Sep. 20th, 2004 BIOS)

  • CPU: Pentium 4 3.4 GHz LGA 775

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT

  • Memory: Two 512 MB DDR2-533 CM2X512-4200 CL4 from Corsair memory modules

  • Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax 9 Plus (40 GB, ATA-133)

  • Screen resolution: 1024x768x32@85 Hz

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional installed using NTFS

  • Service Pack 2

  • Direct X 9.0c

  • Intel inf driver version:

  • NVIDIA video driver version: 78.01

Used Software

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.