TechSpot: USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up

Even the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives are unable to match today's conventional hard drives. Considering that we often cite hard drives as the slowest component in a computer, it's about time we moved on. The storage industry has been preparing the shift to USB 3.0 connectivity for quite some time. Dubbed SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.0 offers bi-directional (full-duplex) communication and a tenfold boost in transfer speeds as well as improved capabilities, all while maintaining compatibility with USB 2.0 devices.

In terms of tangible improvements, USB 3.0 devices are not expected to reach their full potential at launch, but as the standard matures the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) considers it reasonable to achieve a throughput of 3.2Gb/s, or just about enough to transfer a 27GB high definition movie in little over a minute rather than 15 or more with USB 2.0.

Today several memory manufacturers offer flash drives claiming to utilize the extra performance offered by the revamped interface. TechSpot is looking at three 64GB flash drives: the AData Nobility Series N005, Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 and Patriot SuperSonic.

Read: USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up

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I have a USB 3.0 capable mobo with the relevant drivers installed for the OS (Win7 Pro) and using an Adata S102 USB 3.0 pen drive only got 20MB transfer rate, the same as the USB 2.0 drives I have. As a test, ehen I used a 2.0 port it did pop up a message saying it would work faster in a USB 3.0 port, so it is being detected correctly.

FYI I am using SATA HD's too, not IDE

Even if one has USB 2.0, they will work faster than conventional 2.0 devices. Happens to me with my WD External HDD.

Too bad Intel's (and Apple's) ThunderBolt technology already blitz past USB 3 speeds and they're only going to get even faster when optical connections are implemented in this form factor.

AnthoWin said,
Too bad Intel's (and Apple's) ThunderBolt technology already blitz past USB 3 speeds and they're only going to get even faster when optical connections are implemented in this form factor.

Too bad everyone already knows USB and that most devices wont even need the full speed of USB 3.0.

AnthoWin said,
Too bad Intel's (and Apple's) ThunderBolt technology already blitz past USB 3 speeds and they're only going to get even faster when optical connections are implemented in this form factor.

how many years till we get this? i think usb 3 will take good ground. also usb 3 devices and plugs will be backwards compatible which is the big plus for them.

AnthoWin said,
Too bad Intel's (and Apple's) ThunderBolt technology already blitz past USB 3 speeds and they're only going to get even faster when optical connections are implemented in this form factor.

So what? If you need USB 3.0 and have Thunderbolt there will be a hub accessory for USB 3.0 ports.

Shadrack said,

So what? If you need USB 3.0 and have Thunderbolt there will be a hub accessory for USB 3.0 ports.

Because everyone loves to carry a large dongle with their laptop computer.

I wasn't aware there were drivers out for say Windows to utilize 3.0 yet? I remember when they came out for 2.0 but I've not read anything on this yet.

sava700 said,
I wasn't aware there were drivers out for say Windows to utilize 3.0 yet? I remember when they came out for 2.0 but I've not read anything on this yet.

My USB 3 capable motherboard included drivers specifically for USB 3..

USB 3 mechanical hard drives are a wast of money IMO, they perform only a little better than USB 2, and certainly no where near USB 3 speeds... I personally think advertising USB 3 speeds on such devices is very misleading.

DrScouse said,
USB 3 mechanical hard drives are a wast of money IMO, they perform only a little better than USB 2, and certainly no where near USB 3 speeds... I personally think advertising USB 3 speeds on such devices is very misleading.

May be a perception issue, but my external 2.0 hard drive seem snappier with large file copies in my usb 3.0 port.

DrScouse said,
USB 3 mechanical hard drives are a wast of money IMO, they perform only a little better than USB 2, and certainly no where near USB 3 speeds... I personally think advertising USB 3 speeds on such devices is very misleading.

Max I've ever got out of any external USB storage device is about 20MB/s...

stablemist said,
I've seen some usb 3.0 external harddrives around, but the prices are expensive.

trick is to get USB 3 enclosures. they are cheaper and you can slap in your own sata 2 hard drive.

cybertimber2008 said,
Heh, I'd want to try one in the PC I built with USB 3.0.
I wonder how the system would feel using it as a ReadyBoost drive?

any system with USB 3 capabilities probably doesn't need readyboost.

cybertimber2008 said,
Heh, I'd want to try one in the PC I built with USB 3.0.
I wonder how the system would feel using it as a ReadyBoost drive?

Worse than it would feel than if you just bought some more RAM, which is super cheap.