Super Talent’s most-compact USB 3.0 flash drive isn’t available at capacities larger than the 32 GB sample we received, and it might have otherwise gone overlooked if it weren't for the fact that several of its competitors were also unable to provide samples at the requested 128 GB capacity.
The USB 3.0 Express Drive has a couple advantages over its higher-capacity competitors in pocketability, having the smallest format and fitting a system without the need for a cable.
However, an extension cable might have been handy, since this 1”-wide drive exceeds the port spacing of most motherboard connectors. That is to say, connecting it to a motherboard often requires unplugging the cables in adjacent connectors.
The USB 3.0 Express Drive is loaded with FNet TurboHDD software on a separate 6 MB partition that’s been configured to appear as a USB CD-ROM. Inserting the drive causes TurboHDD to run automatically in Windows, unless the OS is configured not to do so. We tested the USB 3.0 Express Drive in both normal mode and turbo mode.
Available at capacities of up to 256 GB, Super Talent sent the 32 GB Pro version of its enormous SuperCrypt USB 3.0 device.
Based on the design of its famous RAIDDrive, additional controller hardware surely accounts for some of the drive’s bulk.
Criticism of the drive’s 3.8” x 1.4” x 0.6” dimensions might sound unfair given that it competes against larger pocket drives, but those parts are not supposed to be thumb drives. Super Talent puts its Type A plug on the body of this one and doesn’t include a short extension cable to move it out of the way of a PC’s nearby connectors.
The Pro version of Super Talent’s SuperCrypt provides 256-bit AES encryption, while the "non-pro" version is limited to 128-bit encryption. The user interface launches from a separate, protected 32 MB partition that reduces the drive's total capacity by the same amount. Super Talent also includes a link to its download page where one can find an enhanced driver to boost the drive’s transfer performance. Knowing that many buyers will use the drive across multiple systems, we tested the SuperCrypt USB 3.0 using both the default Windows driver and Super Talent’s enhanced driver.
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- Test System Configuration
- Transfer Diagrams: Sequential Reads
- Benchmark Results: Sustained Reads
- Benchmark Results: Repetitive Transfers And Access Times
- Operations Per Second
- PCMark Vantage