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Appeared on: Tuesday, April 03, 2007
OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart


1. Introduction

OCZ Technology is a leading manufacturer of memory products. Apart from the classic memory modules, OCZ Technology also produces storage products based on flash memory, aka USB Sticks. The recent capacities of 2GB may sound sufficient for most users, however who couldn't use even greater capacity at minimum dimensions? OCZ Technology has an answer for power users who would like 8GB of storage, available in the size of a credit card. Let us introduce to you to the OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart!

- OCZ Ultra-Slim, Large-Capacity Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card

With up to 16GBs of memory, the OCZ Mega-Kart series is the ultimate data storage solution for today’s computer enthusiasts and business professionals on the go. The beauty of the new Mega-Kart series is the unparalleled, ultra-slim architecture that is thin enough to carry in a wallet.

The OCZ Mega-Kart is a dream-come-true for individuals who need to carry large quantities of data, including presentations, programs, films, and entire portfolios, yet don’t want to lug around a laptop or bulky pocket drive. Users can access files stored on the Mega-Kart from the convenience of any USB port thanks to the built-in, high-speed USB 2.0 cable with True “Plug and Play” functionality. Instantaneously play music and movies, view images, or open files as if the Mega-Kart was an onboard hard drive. The Mega-Kart features a glowing LED to signal read/write activity.


2. The package

We received the retail package of the OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart The exact model name is OCZUSBMGK-8GB, while there is also a 16GB version (OCZUSBMGK-16G). You don't need any extra drivers for any of the current operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOSX). Users can buy the kit at the retail price of US$160~200. The retail package is small and consists of the 8GB Mega-kart:

Examine the card, we find the OCZ, 8GB and Mega-Kart Logos. Below the Mega-Kart logo you see the USB connector. On the right side, there is a LED that indicates when the Mega-Kart is reading or writing:

The USB connector snaps into the Mega-kart card (rear view below).

By simply pushing it out, you can "unlock" it from its "default" position. Unfortunately, the length of the USB cable is very short, so you probably need a USB extension cable if you want to have off to the side somewhere (for laptops) or you don't want to have it dangling precariously from a desktop:

OCZ advertises the flash memory as credit card sized, and this is indeed true. Just look at the picture below:

Of course, the thickness of the 8GB card is a little more than you standard credit card, but you won't have any problem fitting the 8GB Mega-Kart in your wallet:


3. The Tests

We fired up HD Tach v3.0.1.0 and prepared the full suite of tests for the 8GB Mega-Kart:

The tests take a while to complete. Don't forget, this is an 8GB sized flash memory card. But in the end, we got our reading/writing graphs:

First of all, the performance is to say the least, impressive. Up to the 5.2GB mark, the 8GB Mega-Kart read (output) data at around 29MB/Sec! After that point, performance drops to 22MB/Sec, until the end. The writing performance is more stable with a straight line at 7.1MB/sec. The random access time is 11.9ms. We can say that the reading performance is close to what a 2.5" 4200rpm HDD in an external case can produce. However, the writing performance in not comparable...


4. Conclusion

There must have been so many times you had asked yourself, if only I had more memory on my flash memory to transfer all my data? We all use one or two GB USB sticks, which can hold a good deal of MP3 music or 2-3 DivX movies, but... after that point, we need to turn to a DVD which can hold up to 4.2GB (Single Layer).

OCZ Technology provides a solution to this problem, by introducing a new series of flash memory devices known as "Mega-Kart". What does this new line offer? Increased capacity with the well known performance of OCZ products, all in the size of a credit card.

Even if the the new OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart may not be the smallest (in physical size) flash memory product you can buy, it has enough capacity to fit two single sided DVD-Video discs. Imagine what else you can fit in 8GB of space. You could for example backup your documents folder or pictures, music, whatever you like. The OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart has very high reading performance, up to 29MB/sec, while its writing performance is average for a flash memory product, at 7MB/sec. There are other USB sticks with up to 10MB/sec reading/writing speeds but they don't offer 8GB capacity...

If we had to complain about something, it's the short length of the attached USB cable. I know the dimensions are too small to fit something longer, but due to credit card shape, your Mega-Kart needs a USB cable extension. Believe me, you won't want to mess around at the back of your PC with so many cables about. You also need to be very careful with the attached cable, because it's very thin.

Overall, we feel that the OCZ 8GB Mega-Kart is a good product. It comes in 8GB and 16GB capacities, depending on how much money you want to spend. Its dimensions are small and if you have an empty slot in your wallet, it will fit in without any problem. Congrats to OCZ for introducing the 8GB Mega-Kart, at least now I can carry around with me a couple of DVD-Video movies, in the size of a credit card. :-)



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