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Benchmarks: CrystalDiskMark 3.0 & HD Tune Pro


The CrystalDiskMark sequential performance shows the Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 to be the fastest drive by far with a read speed of 118MB/s and a write speed of 84MB/s. The ADATA Nobility Series N005 and Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 are considerably slower with read speeds between 80 and 90MB/s, but it's the write performance that really shows the weakness of ADATA's drive. Whereas Kingston's product managed 65MB/s the ADATA drive fell to just 37.9MB/s.


We found the results to be quite different when looking at 512K performance. Although the Supersonic provided the highest read result with 94MB/s, the N005 actually came second with 82MB/s while the DataTraveler was much slower at 67MB/s. The tables turn again when measuring write performance, as the DataTraveler provides the best results while the Patriot Supersonic completely tanks.

The HD Tune Pro random 512 bytes read test favors the ADATA Nobility Series N005 quite heavily in both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 modes.

The larger 1MB random read test swings back in favor of the Supersonic while the Nobility Series N005 and DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 provide very similar results.

The Supersonic maintained that edge in the random read random file size test, while the N005 was noticeably faster than the DataTraveler.