Corsair Flash Voyager Vs OCZ Rally Review :: The Showdown

02-06-2006 · Category: Hardware -

By Tulatin
  • The Showdown
  • Test Bed:
  • Athlon 64 3000+ Clocked to 2.52GHz
  • 1GB OCZ PC3500GX Clocked to 252 MHz
  • Enermax Liberty 500W PSU

For our testing today, we chose to take our sticks around the block in SiSoft Sandra to measure their overall responsiveness, and HDTach to measure access times and CPU utilization. Thus, without any further ado, let's get on to seeing who's the fastest.

From the HDTach results, we can see both the benefits and pitfalls of the dual channel technology featured in OCZ's Rally. While it does indeed buy a 3MB/s lead over the Flash Voyager, the induction of another chip before the memory itself results in near double the latency and 4% more CPU utilization. While this may not seem like a problem for most, take into consideration what this fairly high CPU use figure will be on lower end systems - bringing to a point a question of if the additional speed is worth it or not.

With those results SiSoft's Sandra makes an interesting point - while the drives are fairly evenly matched, the Flash Voyager is able to write more data to it's single flash chip per minute than the OCZ is, a victory that can be attributed to the lower latencies present. While we don't doubt that OCZ's dual channel technology won't have a greater effect on larger keys, we can safely say that at this capacity level, the feature is nearly a waste. Bearing that in mind, your considerations of these two keys need not be based on performance, but rather on your needs. Bearing that in mind, it's time to finish up this review.

Corsair Flash Voyager Vs OCZ Rally Review Sandra Corsair

Sandra Corsair

Corsair Flash Voyager Vs OCZ Rally Review Sandra OCZ

Sandra OCZ

Corsair Flash Voyager Vs OCZ Rally Review Corsair vs OCZ HDTach

Corsair vs OCZ HDTach