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Appeared on: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
SuperTalent 16GB USB GodFather Edition


1. Features

Super Talent Technology, a manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules has announced a new series of USB flash drives, which come with some movie quotes and images pre-installed. Inspired by the epic film "The Godfather", these USB Flash drives are designed to capture the spirit of "The Godfather" in a small mobile storage device that is ideal for carrying data, digital images, presentations and music. As an added bonus, these drives come loaded with still images and quotes from the film. the specific series of flash drives are only available in the U.S.

The SuperTalent "The GodFather" USB series come in small physical dimensions in capacities of up to 16GB. The drives are rated as '200x' meaning that they offer very fast reading/writing speeds. The device is available in two versions; one with a swivel hologram and another one with a plastic rubber outshell:

   Capacities:   1GB - 16GB  
  
Technical Details:

- Ideal for carrying pictures, music & data
- Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
- Powered by USB bus - no external power is required
- Durable solid-state storage - 10 years data retention
- Hot Plug & Play – enables you to install and uninstall drive anytime
- Includes The Godfather still images and quotes

Only available in USA. Protected by US patent # 7,428,605. 

 
Dimensions

Swivel: 40.0 mm x 14.4 mm x 5.2 mm
Rubber: 49.7 mm x 19.5 mm x 9.3 mm

- The package

SuperTalent sent us the the STP16GBGRBK version of the "The GodFather" USB flash drive, which has a capacity of 16GB version and its outsell is made of rubber.

The drive is priced at $35.99 as found over Newegg.com. The GF drives are not sold worldwide, since they comes with copyrighted material pre-installed.

The Godfather drive comes in a simple blister package with the Godfather logo displayed on both the back and the front of the cardboard backing:

 

The USB USB flash drive is around 5cm long and just 1cm wide. The rubber outsell offers extra protection as well as a better grip as you are using it.

You can also attach the included key chain to the device:

This is how your flash drive should look like with with the rubber holder attached:


2. package, benchmarks

We plugged the USB flash drive in our test system and it was recognized without the need of any additional drivers. As we said earlier, it includes several pictures and comments from the "The GodFather" movie with total size of 2.24MB (17 files).

Let's fire up some benchmarks. We used HD Tach v3.0.1.0 and selected the full length test, that will give us an idea of the performance of the USB memory:

The full bench tests the entire memory of the module and graphically illustrates the average reading/writing performance.

Although we enabled the "Write Test" option, we did not get any report about the writing performance of the drive. This is a rather strange behavior and it seems that the software somehow could not delete the entire volume of the disc.On the other hand, the reading test gave an adequate 21MB/sec.

The specific reading result was also confirmed by the Sisoft Sandra Software:

We also ran the HD Tune Pro 3.50 software but still, we had not any better luck with the writing tests. Reading however was again at 20 MB/sec:

Finally, we used two more benchmark utilities in order to have a better idea of the overall performance.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark reports the transfer rates of the flash memory using files of different sizes. For instance, the 8MB file test gave rather optimistic results; an average reading of 30MB/sec and 25MB/sec for writing:

The CrystalDiskMark utility reported 31.73MB/sec and 17.58MB/sec reading/writing performance:


3. Final thoughts

The GodFather USB flash drive series are nothing else but normal USB drives, armed with material/pictures from the original movie. We are not sure whether these extra goodies are attractive to most users, but they could be interesting to consumers that do like branded products and possibly need to buy the drive for a gift. The included movie materials have fun, but we are sure the majority of users will delete them or store them to their PC and forget about them.

The rubber version of the drive we tried looks robust and the small dimensions of the drive make it easy to carry.

Speaking of performance, we got a mixed bug here. Windows refused to delete the flash drive's volume so the HDTachRW, Sisoft Sandra and HDTunePro writing tests failed to work. On the other hand, the CrystalMark and ATTO DiskBenchmark worked perfectly but it gave some strangely high high numbers of 30MB/sec for reading and 17MB/sec for writing. Provided that the first series of benchmarks reported a 20MB/sec for reading, we expect the writing performance to be somehow lower.

Overall we feel the "The GodFather" USB flash drives are well made and they could attract movies fans or for people who just want to have something fancy in their pockets. The speed of the drive isn't bad, but enthusiasts will certainly want something considerably faster. The available storage should be enough for everyone (16GB) but its price is relatively high ($36). A special product for people obsessed with Marlon Brando..



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