To gauge the performance of the DataTraveler Mini 3.0 it will be connected to a USB 3.0 port on the test system; which uses a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH for its USB 3.0 connections. We will run three tests on the flash drive, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO and Real World usage to evaluate the performance.
Benchmark Results: CrystalDiskMark shows the DataTraveler Mini 3.0 performs within the rated specifications. Actually, the read speed outperforms the 70MB/s specified by Kingston (not that anybody would complain about extra performance). The write speed is almost exactly what they specified, however it also performed slightly better.
Benchmark Results: ATTO confirms the speeds received by CrystalDiskMark, the write speed is slightly faster than the 10MB/s specified by Kingston and the read speed reached 80MB/s, which is 10MB/s faster than the specification.
TeraCopy is a great little program that is designed to copy and move files; it includes a timer that is perfect for evaluating file transfer speeds. For this test, we will be using a 3.4GB folder that contains 287 JPG and MOV files from our CES 2014 trip.
Moving the files from the source drive, an Intel 520 Series 180GB SSD took 6 minutes and 11 seconds, this comes to an average of 9.4MB/s. This isn’t very fast, however it is close to the 10MB/s that Kingston says to expect.
Moving the files from the Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 back to the test system it took just under a minute! The read speeds are nice, coming in at an average of 59MB/s, slightly slower than the specifications.
Benchmark Results: While synthetic benchmarks showed the maximum transfer rate, the real world testing showed a slightly different picture. The write speeds came in at 9.4MB/s and the read speeds were 59MB/s. Not a big change from the stated specifications and the real world results.