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Appeared on: Thursday, October 25, 2007
OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB


1. Introduction

Innovative USB memory products are hitting the market faster than the transfer speeds these devices promise. We have seen waterproof and more recently hardware security USB sticks. But most of them still lack that little extra in speed!

And as systems develop, we also need ever faster USB sticks, so OCZ has the answer. The "ATV Turbo". This zebra looking black and yellow striped device promises very fast read and write speeds, with a 4GB size. So how fast is it, especially when we consider that there is a lot of competition out there?

- OCZ ATV Turbo

The ATV Turbo takes speed to a whole new level for performance enthusiasts and boasts the fastest speeds on the market. Not only are these premium flash drives aggressively fast at transferring files of all types and sizes, but are optimized for Windows® Vista™ Ready Boost, offering true performance advantages to this latest operating system.

ATV Turbo flash drives feature durable and colorful rubber tread housing, which is a 100% weatherproof storage solution to keep digital files safe in any conditions, even fully submerged in water. The attached cap holder will help prevent misplacement of the protective key cover, while the chain can easily fasten to your key ring for ultimate portability.

- Features

- Package

OCZ provided us with the ATV Turbo 4GB (P/N: OCZUSBATVT4G). The USB stick is well protected in a plastic shell. Users can buy the OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB at the retail price of US$97 (+shipping).

Opening the clamshell give us a closer look at this USB module:

On the front we find the ATV Turbo logo while there is a small LED on the top, near the chain, that indicates activity (yellow/orange). The cap holder is connected to the main body with a key-chain, which of course can be removed. I don't know how well the key-chain will survive under heavy use though......

Removing the protective cap, it can be attached to the cap holder. While the protective cap is well secured to the cap holder, we would prefer if were attached to the main body.

On the back of the device, we find the OCZ web site address. Overall, the OCZ ATV Turbo is well made, is lightweight and feels durable enough to withstand drops, and most hazards. As OCZ claims, the ATV Turbo is 100% weatherproof which is very good, if you work in a hostile environment.


2. Tests

We ran HD Tach v3.0.1.0 and selected the Full Bench test, which puts the USB stick through a more thorough testing procedure:

The full bench test scans the entire capacity of the module and graphs the average reading and writing performance:

The performance of OCZ ATV Turbo is close to the specs, with 33MB/sec reading and 25MB/sec writing. This can be considered as quite good, especially when compared with other popular USB sticks.

The OCZ ATV Turbo is only to the Lexar JumpDrive Lightning, in reading performance, while it is the fastest in the writing benchmark.


3. Conclusion

- Conclusion

OCZ promised after our Rally2 review, to deliver the ultimate and fastest ever USB stick. So, we were eager to see if the ATV Turbo could live up to this claim. The colour and design of the ATV Turbo make it unique.

We would have preferred that the protective cap attach to the main body (the other end) and not to a cap holder via a key chain. But this is a minor point and doesn't detract from the performance of the device.

In our performance benchmark, the OCZ ATV was very fast and performed according to the specs, delivering almost 33MB/sec reading and 25 MB/sec writing speeds with our HD Tach RW benchmark utility. Only Lexar's JumpDrive Lightning was faster (only slightly) in reading. The ATV was the fastest in writing...

So, the only thing that remains is the price tag. We found the OCZ ATV Turbo to be higher priced than the Lexar JumpDrive Lightning (US$97 vs US$81).

Admittedly, this is a very rugged stick, and according to OCZ, it is also waterproof. The $16 price difference is not that high if you can afford it.

Overall, this is a good product, with fast performance and corresponding
price.



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