USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up

By Julio Franco
Apr 4, 2011
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  1. Even the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives are unable to match today's conventional hard drives. Considering that we often cite hard drives as the slowest component in a computer, it's about time we moved on.

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  2. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    Am i the only one not impressed by USB 3.0 flash drive and external hdd performance? these are ATA100 speeds. And how many computers with USB 3.0 are you even gonna use this on other than your own?
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Even setting the performance issue aside, there is still the question of cost per megabyte. Just doesn't make sense that you can pick up a Samsung 470 64GB SSD for $129.99 but will have to shell out $199.99 for the 64GB Patriot Supersonic.
  4. bioflex

    bioflex TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Well, I am not so impressed either you know... I mean, just look at how massive a difference it was from USB 1.0 to 2.0. But I must say what really bothers me is the write speeds since reads are just fine, and again I dont think I could justify buying a 64 gig pen drive for that price just because of USB 3.0.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Most of you wont see the price justified, and why would you. These drives cost 20% of an enthusiast pc build. Great review. I need a thumbdrive for work and school. Again, these are for a very small sector.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It's not USB 3.0's fault. In a nutshell, the race track has been built, but all the cars in the race can still only go 85MPH...

    This is a matter of manufacturers finally getting flash memory & external drives that can actually store/read information faster than ~110MB/sec... at a reasonable price.

    I'd also like to point out that back in the days of USB 1.0, flash memory was pretty slow too. USB 2.0 came out and we still had flash drives doing well below 10MB/sec despite having 480MB/sec bandwidth courtesy of USB 2.0.
  7. Fishcakes

    Fishcakes TS Rookie

  8. Saturday

    Saturday TS Rookie

    Eh. I'll wait for adoption of LightPeak. *cough* sorry...'Thunderbolt.'
  9. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,056   +1,073

    You question my test methods and then you send me that link :S Having said that you do understand that the little testing that they did do does not contradict my own results but rather support them right?

    The CrystalDiskMark results are virtually identical for both the Kingston and Patriot drives while their I/O test backs up what I was saying about the write performance being poor while the read performance is strong.

    Then you have the file transfer test which has no kind of description as to how it was conducted. Judging by the low speeds I would say it’s an on disk copy test but there is no way to tell.

    Anyway again I found your comments strange given how in depth our testing was and rather well explained. If all you want next time is three tests I will happily just provide three, saves me days of testing ;)
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    The performance/price ratio is pretty terrible at the moment, let's just hope that increases faster than SSDs did.
  11. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 770   +10

    eh.. it might as well be a hard drive itself.. joke. :p
  12. s3thar

    s3thar TS Rookie

    Only in a matter of time then prices will hopefully drop/technology improves!

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