A-Data Nobility N005 Flash Drive (16 GB)
The Nobility N005 is not a new product; it was launched last fall. The grey aluminum case is well-made and fits perfectly to the drive. There are versions with 16, 32, and 64 GB of capacity, boasting write rates of up to 55 MB/s and read rates of up to 85 MB/s.
A glance at the specifications, unfortunately, reveals that the performance of the lower-capacity offerings is pretty bad. We tested the 16 GB model, which promises a write speed of only 22 MB/s and a read rate of 60 MB/s. Surprisingly, our tests with h2bench2 returned 28.5 MB/s when writing and 71.1 MB/s when reading. In the combined reading/writing test, the 14 MB/s data rate is faster than the average in this roundup.
Such performance is impressive in the context of pricing. After all, the 16 GB model starts at a modest $45 or so. As you already know by know, though, don't trust a manufacturer's performance data blindly. In this drive's case, the effective performance is actually higher than A-Data's specification. However, the company's Web site claims 280% more performance than USB 2.0 for the N005. This is actually a gross exaggeration, because starting from USB 2.0’s 30 MB/s, that would effectively mean 114 MB/s. It probably meant 2.8 times higher performance.
A note for power-users: the I/O performance of the N005 is very modest. So, while it is suitable for transferring large amounts of data, performance crashes considerably when working with small chunks of data.
The Nobility N005 is a thumb drive with a removable cap to protect the USB connector.
The article is a complete failure. You THG people ignored encryption as a metric. Why??!!
Flash drives are cheap. Company information and regulatory items (HIPAA for example) are priceless.
I'm a "road warrior" that depends on a flash drive for my daily work: IRONKEY. My employer provides it. I am legally required to use it. It is hardware encrypted. The drive might be stolen or lost, but the data will not seen by any unauthorized user.
If I lose my drive, the physical media is lost. I have medical databases that I am required to keep secret via government regulation. My drive will wipe itself after 10 incorrect login attempts.
Do any of the reviewed drives on THG do this?
This in my opinion is altogether a different topic and should be covered in different article where the encryption also as well as over performance be compared.
Agreed, I'll pass that feedback along to the author.
I did read the article. One drive supporting cryto does not a metric make, which I mentioned. That feature is an anomaly and not a fundamental feature (metric) of the article.
"Maybe you should read."
Reading is good. Comprehension is even better. I suggest you begin there, since you obviously cannot do that.
Your post reads like an advertisement and you complain that they didn't do an encryption comparison when only 1 drive supports it at hardware level. On top of that cant you read, this is a USB 3.0 test, ironkey only does 2.0. Furthermore your employer provides your drive so what difference would it make if they said your ironkey was a slow but safe piece of $#!t? This is an everyday-user drive roundup for fast file transfer, not a business specific roundup that would be useless to most tom's readers. You said it yourself, your company provides secure storage since they expect you to move important files. Typical users won't need this and if they do the decision most likely will be out of their hands. Additionally in a security environment the protection far outweighs the need for speed, so the test metric would be completely different than how consumer grade drives would be tested.
You don't seem to comprehend the use of your drive and what features the owner actually values.
we do not always looking for speed, we are also looking for backup or archive of sensitive data.
and other peoples are looking for speed only, for sure, because they hate loosing time in data transfert :)
but the same questions are also for classic HDD, not only USB keys.