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Super Talent 2.5" Flash IDE 8GB Solid State Drive Review
Super Talent 2.5
Abstract: SuperTalent's 8GB storage capacity will limit the applications of the FIDE-8GB Flash drive to compact WindowsXP installations, or better yet Linux.
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External Mfg. Website: Supertalent Sep 14 2006   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Hard Drives/SSD > Supertalent FIDE-8GB

Flash IDE Drive Power Usage

SuperTalent claims that its 8GB 2.5" IDE flash drive uses very little energy, so we decided to see just how much energy the 5V DC device uses in operation. For reference, the flash hard drive is listed to consume >50mA during a read, >60mA during a write, and >500uA during its sleep cycle.

The following power supply tests were all conducted with an Extech Model 380803 Power Analyzer located between the mains 120AC supply and the computer power supply. The result is a measurement of the total system power draw, so any changes in hardware within that system should induce a corresponding change in the total power consumption figure.

Based on this assumption we can measure, roughly, the power draw differences between a standard IBM Travelstar 2.5" notebook hard drive and the Supertalent FIDE-8GB flash IDE hard drive. The test system configuration is noted below, just prior to the hard drive benchmarks.

Total System Idle Power Draw
Hard Drive Total System Power Draw
12GB IBM Travelstar Notebook HDD 115 Watts
8GB SuperTalent IDE Flash Drive 113 Watts

It should be noted that that with the computer system at idle, power usage rests at 112.5W. The SuperTalent drive generally consumes ~2W less power overall than the IBM Travelstar. Even a small difference can help to improve battery life in a mobile device, but clearly today's notebook hard drives are much more power efficient than we expected.

Total System Stressed Power Draw
Hard Drive Total System Power Draw
12GB IBM Travelstar Notebook HDD 117Watts
8GB SuperTalent IDE Flash Drive 113.5Watts

When running SiSoft Sandra's HDD benchmark in the background, the 12GB 2.5" IBM Travelstar notebook hard drive uses 3.5W more power than the 8GB SuperTalent IDE Flash drive! It's pretty amazing to see that putting the flash drive under load only increases power usage by half a watt.

Prelude to the benchmarks

The details of how the SuperTalent 2.5" 8GB IDE Flash Drive test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this hard drive is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
reference system
processor: amd Sempron 3600+
Clock Speed: 10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz
Motherboard: Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: Corsair Twin2X2048-8500
Hard Drive: SuperTalent 8GB IDE Flash Drive 1GB OCZ Rally USB Drive
12GB IBM TravelStar Notebook HDD
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA nForce 430 8.26
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27


SiSoft Sandra
HD Tach

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Contents of Article: Supertalent FIDE-8GB
 Pg 1.  Super Talent 2.5" Flash IDE 8GB Solid State Drive Review
 Pg 2.  — Flash IDE Drive Power Usage
 Pg 3.  Data Transfer Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Is Flash Based Hard Drive Viable?

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