As expected, the fastest drive in this roundup is WD’s MyBook 3.0, not because of superior design or implementation, but due to the use of a 3.5” drive. The A-Data and Buffalo solutions are based on 2.5” drives, which are slower on throughput.
Write performance is comparable to the read results.
Interface performance shows the peak bandwidth that the USB 3.0 implementations could reach if only the drives were fast enough. Clearly, SSDs on USB 3.0 would make sense for enthusiasts.
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Retail Drives Reviewed
- USB 3.0 Basics And Connectors
- A-Data Nobility NH01 (500 GB)
- Buffalo MiniStation Lite (HDPE500U3, 500 GB)
- Western Digital MyBook 3.0 (1 TB)
- Test Details, Test Setup and Comparison Table
- Benchmark Results: Throughput
- Benchmark Results: Access Time And I/O Performance
- Benchmark Results: Copy And Combined Read/Write Testing