Four Commodore 64 Utility Cartridges and a 1541 Disk Drive

More speed loaders tested; new page for C64 fast load data

I’ve picked up a few more utility cartridges over the last year and finally got around to playing with them. Using CBM Disk Transfer Benchmark, I’ve compiled transfer rate comparisons for the Mach 5, Better Working Turbo, KCS Power Cartridge, and Final Cartridge III.

I decided it made sense to have a dedicated page for this data, so I’ve put all of my speed loader benchmark data on a dedicated page. It includes tables and graphs.

As for today’s additions, they are all cartridge-based fast load systems from utility cartridges. This table shows all of the cartridge-based fast loaders I’ve measured to date.

System Load Bytes per Second Load Time DTB Load Score
1541 baseline 403 01:51.5 1x
KCS Power 1303 00:34.5 3x
Better Working TURBO 2101 00:21.4 5x
Epyx Fastload 2121 00:21.2 5x
Mach 5 2121 00:21.2 5x
Warp Speed 3017 00:14.9 8x
Final Cartridge III 3406 00:13.2 9x
Super Snapshot 5 4163 00:10.8 10x
Action Replay 5 5352 00:08.4 13x
Retro Replay 5352 00:08.4 13x

Baseline 1541 load rate compared to CARTRIDGE-BASED fast loaders.

You can see save speeds and how these fit in with the rest here.

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