Super Talent RAIDDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewFri, Apr 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM
CrystalDiskMark is a small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive
that enables you to rapidly measure sequential and random read/write
100MB Files Test on USB 2.0 Header:
100MB Files Test on USB 2.0 Header & Super Talent USB Driver:
100MB Files Test on USB 3.0 Header:
100MB Files Test on USB 3.0 Header & Super Talent USB Driver:
Benchmark Results: For testing we ran
CrystalDiskMark v3.0 run with a file size of 100MB on both the USB 2.0 & 3.0 headers as well as both the MSCD drivers from Microsoft and the Super Talent enhanced drivers. If you open up the SuperTalent USB 3.0 and plug it into your PC, the drive will automatically be assigned the Mass Storage Compliant Driver (MSCD) from Microsoft. This is the same driver used for all standard USB 2.0 hard drives and flash drives and it’s already on every machine you use. This driver will work just fine but will be limited to the speeds that the driver can support (about 140MB/s). In order to get the most from their drive, Super Talent developed a series of enhanced drivers for their device. When
these drivers are present the SuperTalent RAIDDrive will perform better: over 100% faster in some cases. It also turns out that the Super Talent enhanced drivers not only deliver improved performance but also include the power management features called out in the USB 3.0 specification; thus these drivers are highly recommended.
As you can see from our test results the Super Talent drivers make a huge difference when it comes to sequential and 512K read and write performance. We were able to get our 64GB RAIDDrive up to 261MB/s read and 129MB/s write, which is the highest that we have ever seen on a USB Flash drive!