OCZ Technology ATV Turbo USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 10-05-2007
Provided by: OCZ Technology
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Torture Testing

It's not every day that we get to mix water with computer equipment (well, unless we are dealing with a watercooling system), but with the ATV Turbo, we will be doing just that. My plans here are simple: submerge the drive in water, then test to see if it still works. If so, we will move on to a tougher test.



I left the ATV Turbo drive in a cup of water for about 10 minutes, then removed it and immediately plugged it into my laptop. The verdict: pass!

Next up, I will be putting the drive back in the cup of water then placing it in the freezer.



I left the ATV Turbo to chill overnight and checked back on it the next day. The drive was now rock solid, literally!



I spent a few minutes chipping away the ice from the USB end of the drive... just enough so I would be able to plug it into my laptop. To my surprise, the ATV Turbo still worked perfectly!

Pretty impressive, I must say, but how will the ATV Turbo withstand the exact opposite: extreme heat?



I filled a pot with water then brought it to a boil on the stove and dropped the ATV Turbo in for a swim. The water was boiling like crazy (I put the dial on 10) and the drive was bouncing around a good bit. A few minutes later, I pulled the pot from the heat, poured the water out in the sink and waited a few for the drive to cool down. Then, I plugged it into the laptop and... it still worked perfectly.

So now that we know the ATV Turbo can take some extreme abuse, let's continue ahead and cover performance testing and wrap things up with a conclusion.


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