Five USB 3.0 Flash Drives For Your Pocket

Transfer Diagrams: Sequential Reads

PQI leans heavily on its internal X25-M SSD to produce the highest read rates of today’s drives. A constant data steam of around 180 MB/s is boosted by around 30 MB/s when the included TurboHDD software is installed.

Second-place in read rates, Super Talent’s SuperCrypt USB 3.0 drops to third place in writes. Its enhanced driver pushes this drive a little farther down the charts, so we’d probably leave it out.

It would be foolish to ignore write rates, since portable drive users typically write data on a regular basis. OCZ’s Enyo leads in writes by an even larger margin than its competitor does in reads, putting it slightly ahead.

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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
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    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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