CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB Direct into ASUS UX31A Ultrabook:
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB on Closest USB Port (Port 1):
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB on Furthest USB Port (Port 9):
Benchmark Results: CrystalDiskMark showed that we hitting 308MB/s read and 179MB/s write on the sequential test with the USB 3.0 Flash Drive plugged directly into our notebook. With the hub we tested each port and found between 236MB/s and 300MB/s read speeds and 174MB/s to 176MB/s write speeds with the Saitechi 10-port USB 3.0 Hub. This is pretty solid performance across the hub. We did format the drive between runs and did the test multiple times in different orders to be sure we weren’t seeing performance decrease due to NAND write states or due to a dirty drive.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
The Satechi 10-port USB 3.0 Hub was found to function exactly like we expected it to and worked great. At first you might think it is crazy to have a 10-port USB 3.0 hub, but If you live in a household with several people it can be easily filled up. This USB hub also works well to charge all your devices each night, so it is rather versatile. The dedicated 2.1 Amp charger on the end of the unit it nice for charging tablets, but it would be nice to have a pair of them so you can charge two iPads at a time.
When it comes to looks the glossy black finish on the Satechi 10-port USB 3.0 hub blends in on most desks since it is similar to the finish on many of today’s popular monitors. Since this hub will sit on your desk you’ll want it to look good! The blue LED lights are a nice feature as you know when the power is on or off by just a quick glance.
The performance of the Satechi 10-port USB 3.0 Hub was good and we noticed just a slight performance decrease with this hub versus plugging a USB 3.0 directly into the native USB 3.0 port on our Windows 8 powered PC. With the extra controllers and circuit board being added into the mix you can expect increased latency and slower performance, but we didn’t find any deal breaking performance loses.
You can find the Satechi 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub online for $59.99 plus $3.75 shipping and it is covered by a 1-year warranty. If you find yourself switching USB devices all the time, do yourself a favor and get a hub!
Legit Bottom Line: The Satechi 10-port USB 3.0 hub will greatly expand how many USB 3.0 devices you can connect to your laptop or desktop PC for a price that won’t break the bank.