Fair, but not the best 11/10/2013
This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager LS 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFLS3-128GB
Love the flip-type design and the fact that the USB plug retracts into the case no plastic or rubber caps to worry about loosing. The amount of space on this is a great plus, plenty large enough to use as a back-up drive. Price point for the size is respectable. Blue activity light that isn't overly annoying... I do prefer Blue over other colors for these indicators.
As a USB 3.0 device goes the write rates are terrible. As the size would be a good choice for back-ups I could not suggest using it as such, the writing of the back-up would take an eternity in computer terms. To rule out the possibility that it could be my PC I tested the performace of this and another Corsair drive I hade from a while back that was also USB 3.0 on both Ubuntu and Windows machines... the results were quite conclusive. Could this be a firmware issue?
Well.... seems it can be read from at a reasonable rate... but it seriously lacks in the write category. For comparison I included results from a Voyager GT that I also have... and it beat the socks of this Voyager LS. I was so totally startled by the initial results of the first benchmark I did on the Voyager LS, that I had to Benchmark another 3.0 drive for comparison as I knew the numbers were off from what they should be. As benchmarked by the Disk Utility on Ubuntu 12.04 64Bit... Maximum read rates were virtually identical for both the Voyager GT and the Voyager LS USB 3.0 drives at 123.9 Mb/s and 124.5 Mb/s respectively. The Maximum write rates tell all however, with the GT peaking at 100.4 Mb/s and the LS only limping in with 49.5 Mb/s... barely performing any better than a USB 2.0 drive. I performed four tests on each drive on two different pc's one running 32Bit and one running 64Bit and I used the best of the tests for comparison and both seemed to perform the best on the 64bit box.
As benchmarked by CrystalDiskMark on my 32Bit Win7 box... the Voyager LS faired no better, doing barely half as well as the GT, with Sequential read rate of 77.25MB/s compared to the GT's 125.3MB/s and write rate of 35.95 MB/s compared to the GT's 90.92 MB/s.
If you need to archive photos or music this drive would suffice... but don't expect to transfer large files too quickly, certainly not at USB 3.0 speeds.
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