Corsair announces Voyager GTX flash drive with "SSD Performance"

Today at Computex, Corsair has announced the latest addition to the Voyager series of flash drives which features "SSD Performance." The brand new Voyager GTX has SSD technology inside that will tailor to the performance enthusiast on the go.

The new addition is touted to have speeds of up to 450MB/s while reading files, and 350MB/s while writing data. It could be used for anything from running an OS, to game installs, watching HD movies, etc. It's like a full blown SSD in the palm of your hand.

The Voyager GTX features USB Attached SCSI to daisy chain drives, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and TRIM to maintain peak performance. The flash drive is compatible with virtually every OS. It supports both USB 3.0 as well as 2.0. The drive comes with two storage options: 128GB for $119.99 and 256 at $199.99, respectively. The price of the flash drive is comparable to the pricing of many SSDs on the market today, which can go for $45 for 32GB, and all the way up to $2000 for a 400GB PCI Express-based SSD.

The Voyager GTX is expected to be released in July, and will include a 5 year warranty. The announcement of this flash drive is one of many products that Corsair has planned to release in the coming months.

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TRIM in a Flash drive isn't that common so this is good although I wonder if it has as good garbage collection as an SSD.

Looks like its time for me to sell my 64GB Sandisk Extreme as 200MB/sec reads are no longer good enough :)

And why shouldn't they have performance similar to SSDs? After all, the ONLY differences (other than NAND/interface type) between SSDs and typical thumb drives is - unsurprisingly - capacity. I use relatively commonplace 8 GB thumbdrives with USB 2 interfaces for OS installs for two reasons - capacities that are as large as DL-DVDs and they are faster than even the fastest DVD or even BD drive when it comes to installs. Even better, such drives are - retail, mind you - all of $7USD each (either MicroCenter or Staples). Lastly, USB 2 thumbdrives are both backward-compatible AND forward-compatible (with USB 1.1 and USB 3 interfaces, respectively) so there is - unless the device or OS can't read USB - exactly zero issues as far as support goes.

Have you done any speed comparisons? I'm looking for a 16GB or larger USB 2.0 drive for my car. I picked up a relatively cheap 32GB one and it takes insane amounts of time for my car to start playing music(2-3 minutes after starting up the car). The drive only has 2,581 songs on it in 12.7GB right now. I was going to pick up something faster to see if it was the drive or the indash entertainment system.

It's probably the indexing that takes so long. Reading out ID3 tags for 2500 songs and turning that all into a database sounds like quite a job for something with probably little processing power.

That's what I'm kind of afraid of. I just have been too lazy to try and track down the fastest USB 2.0 drives and see if the price is worth testing or not.

NXTwoThou said,
Have you done any speed comparisons? I'm looking for a 16GB or larger USB 2.0 drive for my car. I picked up a relatively cheap 32GB one and it takes insane amounts of time for my car to start playing music(2-3 minutes after starting up the car). The drive only has 2,581 songs on it in 12.7GB right now. I was going to pick up something faster to see if it was the drive or the indash entertainment system.

That's probably your cars computers fault. Most car manufacturers seem to think that having an entertainment system that has GPS, music, video, pandora, facebook, twitter etc that is powered by a processor thats slower than the original Motorola Startac is a smart idea.

i know a few people that have some model or another and they love them and all the reviews i've looked at online (amazon and some other places) seem to be positive.

been thinking about getting one myself but i don't really have use for a fast flash drive atm

they have a few models that are even Windows2Go certified