So how does the SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus stack up against the compeitition? I ran the empty 4GB drive through HD Tune to see what kinds of numbers it would produce and I came up with this.
As you can quite plainly see, this is a very healthy drive with consistent data speeds across the drive. Performance is pretty much on par with most of its main competition, transfering data at a rate of between 22 MB/sec and 23 MB/sec. The access time of 0.6ms is perfectly respectable, but the burst speed is a touch on the slow side at 17.1 MB/sec.
To put these numbers in perspective, the OCZ Rally 2 USB flash drive (pictured below, also 4GB) came up with very similar numbers in this round of testing. It had an average data transfer rate of 19.9 MB/sec, an access time of 0.6ms, and a burst rate of 19.2 MB/sec.
In terms of real world performance, I pushed around a 350MB file to and from the SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus. Writing this file to the drive took about 36 seconds, which translates to a write speed of 9.72 MB/sec. Copying the file from the Cruzer to my computer's hard drive took about 15 seconds, translating to a read speed of about 23.3 MB/sec. Sounds about right, I'd say.
Extra Applications with U3
As with previous iterations of the SanDisk Cruzer line of flash drives, the Titanium Plus also comes with U3 functionality. This allows you to run applications right from the drive, not leaving a trace on the computer that you are using. This is great for Internet cafes and similar circumstances where you are away from your computer, but you want to use your own set of preferences, settings, and programs.
There are a number of different U3 applications available for download and these can all be retrieved right from the U3 icon in the system tray. There are Skype programs, multimedia programs, productivity software, OpenOffice, games, email applications, and more.
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