When you think of OCZ Technology, you would most likely think of their high performance system memory. More recently, OCZ are becoming more well-known for their flash media products. First was the Rally – an incredible high performance dual channel flash drive. After that was the Mini-Kart which at 43 x 19 x 2.8mm is well, miniscule. There was also the Rally2 and Roadster. OCZ are now pushing the capabilities once again with the Mega-Kart 8GB flash drive. Massive storage comes in a wallet sized ‘card’ and the cost is not something to be frightened of.
About OCZ Technology:
“Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas. We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia’s Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset’s. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in our manufacturing process for some time. We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune our memory’s SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today’s rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of our manufacturing process.”
- Massive 8GB of storage
- High Speed USB 2.0
- Dimensions (mm): 84 x 53 x 4
- True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
- Compatible with: Windows: 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP
- Linux: Kernel 2.4 or later
- Mac: OS 9.0 or later
- LED Status Light
- 1 Year Warranty
Corsair had announced their 8GB version of its Flash Voyager series around the time OCZ announced the Mega-Kart but these are the only 2 ‘main’ manufacturers to have such high capacities available to the average user at a good price. In case you’re wondering, 8GB isn’t the largest capacity available – expect to pay up to $5000 for 64GB.
No user manual or driver CD was included with the OCZ Mega-Kart as they are not really needed. The Mega-Kart is compatible with the Linux 2.4 kernel or newer, Windows 98 and newer, and Mac OS 9.0 and newer.
Although not as small as the Mini-Kart, the Mega-Kart, at 84 x 53mm is about the size of a credit card – length and width. Being this size makes it fit perfectly in your wallet.
On one side of the flash drive there is OCZ’s logo printed and the Mega-Kart signature along with the drive size. The other side is blank. The USB connector is built into the flash drive and is able to pop out when pushing on one of the sides; the USB cable is a about 5 centimetres long. The Mega-Kart is not waterproof unlike some other drives but when carrying something like this, you would be careful right?
Testing & Performance
Performance wise the Mega-Kart isn’t bad at all we managed to hit a burst speed of 25.3 megabytes per second which is not bad for an 8GB storage device. Random access time is around 10.8ms with the average read being 21.5 megabytes per second. Of course the larger the file the longer it will take to transfer.
The Mega-Kart is a wonderful saviour for those who require large amounts of data on a small and convenient storage device. There really is no need worry about free space when you have 8 gigabytes to play with. It might not be anything special to look at but if space is your main concern then you need not look any further past OCZ’s Mega-Kart.