Media Card Reader/USB Hub - Testing
Media Reader Performance
The media reader transfered at USB 2.0 speeds just fine, and fit almost any portable storage media you can think of. The particular SD Card I tested was actually a Wii Compatible SD card, which lies around the middle range when it comes to SD card performance. When tested with SiSoft Sandra, that proved to be true, seeing speeds and endurance around the middle of the field when compared to other SD cards.
Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 Flash Drive Testing
HDTach is a free hard disk benchmarking program from SimpliSoftware. It is used to measure the Burst Speed and Average Read Speed of the flash drive. In this case, we've used it on the flash drive while connected to the hub, and while connected directly to a USB port on the motherboard.
Well here we can see that using the USB Hub versus the on board USB port showed absolutely no difference in performance, so it's safe to say you can't get much better than that. Definitely great to see with any USB hub, especially when it's not even the main draw towards the product.
Sisoft Sandra is a synthetic benchmark utility capable of reporting and benchmarking a wide range of system components. Once again for the flash drive we ran the benchmark three times to ensure accurate results, and here they are:
Here, we see the slightest difference with the port on the motherboard beating the hub by about 120 kb/s, this difference is obviously not even noticeable, but it is a difference nonetheless.
The USB hub proved to be quite handy swapping portable media in and out. It was even used to connect my mouse for a brief period of time without problem. Surely can't list anything bad about it.
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