Another trio of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 drives landed in our German lab recently. As some of the contenders we've benchmarked underperform compared to our expectations, it’s quite clear that hard drive speed matters again, now that we've moved beyond USB 2.0.
The fastest USB 3.0 hard drive product so far remains WD’s MyBook 3.0, which delivers 70 to 141 MB/s of sequential throughput. Samsung’s Story Station 3.0 is significantly slower, and the two new portable solutions by PQI and Transcend trail even more. WD’s offering has no rival with regard to performance. Those looking for a fast, portable solution should avoid A-Data and Buffalo, and instead tend toward either PQI or Transcend.
- Which SuperSpeed USB Drive Is Right For You?
- PQI H566 (2.5”, 320 GB)
- PQI Software: Foretress
- Samsung Story Station 3.0 (3.5”, 2 TB)
- Samsung Software: Auto Backup And SecretZone
- Transcend StoreJet 25M3 (2.5”, 500 GB)
- Transcend Software: StorJet elite 3.0
- Comparison Table And Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Data Transfer Diagrams
- Benchmark Results: Access Time And I/O Performance
- Benchmark Results: Throughput And Interface Bandwidth
- Benchmark Results: Real World File Transfer Testing
- Benchmark Results: Simultaneous Read And Write