Five USB 3.0 Flash Drives For Your Pocket

Test System Configuration

Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-980X (3.33 GHz, 12 MB Shared L3 Cache)
MotherboardGigabyte X58A-UD9 BIOS F3 (05/28/2010)
Intel X58 Express, LGA 1366
RAMKingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6 GB)
DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1333 CAS 7-7-7-20
GraphicsDiamond Radeon HD 5870 1 GB
850 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4800
OS Hard DriveWestern Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB
10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16 MB cache
USB 3.0 AdapterIntegrated NEC D720200F1 PCIe 2.0
Two ports, onboard 5 Gb/s PCIe interface
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerCorsair CMPSU-850HX 850 W Modular
ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80-Plus Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsAMD Catalyst 10.6
ChipsetIntel INF 9.1.1.1020
Benchmarks
h2benchw 3.13Sequential and Sustained Reads, Writes (KB/s)
Interface Bandwidth (MB/s), Access Times (ms)
IOMeter 2006.07.27Database, File Server, Web Server, Workstation Patterns (IOPS)


The heavy-duty gaming hardware used for today’s test is coincidental, as it was already set up on the bench for an upcoming graphics test. It includes Gigabyte’s high-flying X58A-UD9 motherboard.

While the added graphics card slots of Gigabyte’s top motherboard weren’t important for today’s articles, the X58 chipset’s four leftover PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 lanes were. One of these allows a direct 5 Gb/s pathway from the NEC D720200F1 USB 3.0 controller to the chipset, completely avoiding any of the bandwidth workarounds required by lesser chipsets.

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  • hardcore_gamer
    nice review..thanks toms
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  • tony singh
    Another proof of ever growing nature of techonology..
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  • rohitbaran
    Quote:
    The heavy-duty gaming hardware used for today’s test is coincidental, as it was already set up on the bench for an upcoming graphics test. It includes Gigabyte’s high-flying X58A-UD9 motherboard.

    Which is the mystery card?
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  • rohitbaran
    BTW, I liked Super Talent Super crypt, despite being slower than OCZ and PQI, it is the size I would be comfortable carrying in my pocket.
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  • huron
    I know these technologies are more toward the "bleeding edge," but it's nice to know that manufacturers see it as enough of a market to start making products. Maybe USB 3.0 will make it mainstream relatively soon.
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  • Anonymous
    Would you be able to use the 128GB as a boot drive for win7 and how would they fall in price/performance between sata ssd and a VelociRaptor?
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  • justsayin
    Where's the hint on the upcoming graphics test?
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  • liquidsnake718
    can you play a game like crysis or even warcraft 2 well straight out of this ssd with a no cd crack?
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  • irh_1974
    reclusiveorcWould you be able to use the 128GB as a boot drive for win7 and how would they fall in price/performance between sata ssd and a VelociRaptor?

    I have been saying this to people for years, that one day you will have your whole PC installation on a flash drive. Just plug into a PC, boot from the flash drive and everything is there.
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  • bCubed
    Too bad it will still be some time before usb 3.0 will become mainstream and even longer for extremely good drives to come out
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  • MoonSaghar
    a cool drive
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  • Anonymous
    I've read that the SuperTalent Express drive runs very hot. Did you notice this, and would it be a problem?
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  • Crashman
    jpaul_johnsonI've read that the SuperTalent Express drive runs very hot. Did you notice this, and would it be a problem?

    The big SuperTalent drive was warm, but I don't see that as being a problem. None of the drives were uncomfortably hot.
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  • willc
    Great article. With flash drives becoming more popular, it's good to know which ones are the best to go with.
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  • ghanz84
    Please share with us what's the file system used on the drives in this review(FAT32 or NTFS) & were they tested with the default filesystems that they were shipped with?
    The reason for asking is cos the FS will affect the performance.
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  • Crashman
    ghanz84Please share with us what's the file system used on the drives in this review(FAT32 or NTFS) & were they tested with the default filesystems that they were shipped with?The reason for asking is cos the FS will affect the performance.
    Yes
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