Review: CORSAIR Flash Padlock
Corsair was kind enough to send us their Flash Padlock drive for review. The Flash Survivor has a storage capacity of 4GB and has a USB 2 host interface for connection to a PC or MAC.
In this review we will test the performance of the Flash Padlock 4GB USB flash drive.
Corsair Company Information
Products to Meet the Demands of Performance Computing
Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. Our focus has always been on supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers and high-end workstations, as well as the performance demands of extreme gamers. While maintaining this core focus, in recent years, we’ve also brought our expertise, technology leadership and legendary quality and reliability to memory and other technology products for the more mainstream consumer.
Memory That Meets The Toughest Demands
As a pioneer in high-speed module design, Corsair is a trusted supplier to many computer manufacturers. In high-density memory solutions, Corsair has always been one of the first suppliers to achieve advanced qualifications on Intel, Tyan and SuperMicro server platforms. We also work closely with other major server platform manufacturers to release product that is 100% compatible with their latest server products.
What Sets Corsair Apart?
With more high-speed experience than anyone in the industry, we know the importance of design features like tightly-controlled trace lengths, controlled impedances, clock trace design, unbroken power and ground planes, and selectively plated gold. Corsair Memory has developed an industry-wide reputation for quality, compatibility and performance.
Performance Memory For Enthusiasts
Our flagship memory products are the DOMINATOR™ line of performance memory, which is designed for the unique demands of the serious enthusiast community. Featuring patent-pending Dual-path Heat Exchange (DHX) technology, the DOMINATOR family maximizes on performance, minimizes on heat, all the while running with heighten reliability and stability. The DOMINATOR line has set world performance records and won numerous awards. Corsair’s mainstream performance memory solutions are the XMS family. The XMS family includes XMS2 DHX, featuring innovative DHX technology now in the mainstream; XMS Xpert, the first modules with real-time display of parametric data; XMS Pro Series, gaming memory with real-time activity LEDs; and XMS2, high-performance DDR2 modules with black heat spreaders. The XMS Family also includes DDR1 solutions in XMS, available in either black or platinum heat spreaders.
Our Value Select memory brings our quality and compatibility standards to cost-effective products for today’s most popular desktops and laptops. Value Select is available in DDR1 and DDR2.
We also offer a large range of ultra-reliable server memory for mission-critical servers and high-performance clusters.
Flash Memory, Liquid Cooling and Power Supplies
Corsair has expanded beyond memory modules to offer performance liquid cooling units and blocks under our Corsair Nautilus brand and power supplies under our HX Series brand.
In addition, we offer a line of specialty Flash memory. From our ultra-rugged Flash Survivor™ family to the multi-award winning durable Flash Voyager™ family, Corsair has quickly established itself as an industry leader for USB drives.
What’s inside the box
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what the drive came shipped with.
Our package was the retail version.
We can see that the Corsair Flash Survivor is supplied with a USB extension cable and dog tags included.
We can also see a single LED (Blue) right next to the thread which flashes when the drive is active. The flash drive itself is a little larger and weighs a little more than average flash drives due to the casing. On the left you can see a small rubber ring that makes this drive water resistant up to 200 meters.
Specifications and features
Windows XP reports the drive has a usable capacity of 3.74 GB
Here we have another report from Flash Memory Toolkit after writing data to the drive.
For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:
· Motherboard: ASUSTeK P5K (Intel P35 chipset)
· Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 4×2.4GHz (G0 Stepping)
· RAM: 2048 MB DDR2 800 Corsair XMS2
· GFX: Leadtek GeForce 8500GT (512MB DDR2)
· Sound: Onboard Realtek ALC882 HD audio controller
· Hard disk 1: 500GB Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB SATAII
· Hard disk 2: 500GB Seagate ST3500820AS 500GB SATAII
· Case: Thermaltake Armor Big Tower Black
· PSU: BeQuiet Straight Power 600W
· Display: 20 inch Gericom LCD
· Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP3
To test the performance of the Corsair Flash Padlock, we will be using the following test applications in this review.
· HD Tach
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