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This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-32GB
Pros: This flash drive is quite small being a mini. It has brushed aluminum casing that looks nice, and a rubber piece with key ring loop attached. Seems durable enough even though I didn't put it through a rigorous test to see how long it lasts physically.
I did put it through plenty of read and write tests using it in usb 2.0 and 3.0 ports, using varying file sizes from 500mb up too 4gb.
USB 2.0 (4gb file)
read = 145 to 185 mb/s
write = 11 to 16 mb/s average time was about 3 minutes
USB 3.0 (4gb file)
read = 145 to 185 mb/s
write = 16 to 22 mb/s average time was about 2 and half minutes.
As you can see the read speeds between 2.0 and 3.0 were pretty much identical, while you do gain a little bit of write speed with usb 3.0 over 2.0, But not a whole lot.
On average the read speed of the 4gb file transfer to my SSD drive was about 10 seconds, and write speed of the 4gb file transfer from my SSD to flash drive via usb 2.0 or 3.0 was an average of 2 and a half minutes to 3 minutes.
The smaller files I used for this test were 500mb and 1gb the write speeds were the same usb 2.0 11 to 16mb/s and usb 3.0 16 to 22mb/s but with faster times, while the read speed of the transfers back to my SSD were virtually instant.
Cons: The only con I have with this 32gb mini flash drive is the inconsistent write speeds they were up and down, they would start at 44 to 60mb/s then drop down to 11 to 22mb/s depending on usb 2.0 or 3.0 and fluctuate up and down constantly. Hence the 4 egg review.
Other Thoughts: All in all if you want a usb 3.0 flash drive this will certainly do what you need it too.
It works fine for transferring files to and from PCs.
Its very small so its not an eye sore like some bigger flash drives, easy to store in pretty much any place you might need too.
As far as durability it seems to be rugged enough but as with anything only time will tell.
I recommend this mini flash drive, and its corsair so you get a great company to back your warranty to boot.
Pros: Here we have one of gigabytes new Z97 offerings, lower priced then their other Z97 offerings, but still full of useful features and the new M.2/ Sata express connectors.
4x usb 3.0 rear connections, and depending on your case of choice 1 to 2 front usb connections.
The new realtek 1150 audio with rear port amplifier.
6x sata III 6.0 gbps connectors with raid support.
If using onboard video your choice of vga, hdmi, dvi-d ports or use more then one for multiple monitors, Hdmi port supports 4k resolutions (dependent upon the processor you choose).
3x onboard usb 2.0 headers for your case front ports or add on card readers and the like.
2x pcie 3.0 slots for 2 way SLI or Crossfire setups, pcie1 runs at x16 and pcie2 runs at x8, but if you use both pcie 3.0 slots at the same time then pcie1 will run at x8 as well as pcie2 at x8.
This board was very easy for setup, I have the gigabyte z87x-ud5h board so when installing this gigabyte z97x-sli all I had to do was install the board set my memory XMP profile in bios, set my fast boot to ultra and boot up.
Then install the drivers from the disc just to be sure I got the z97 drivers needed uninstall a couple of feature drivers that only my z87 board used, reactivate windows 8.1 pro x64 with media center and reboot and I was off and running. With no loss of anything perfectly simple.
Cons: The only con I found was the fact of only 3x system fan connectors on this board compared to 5x system fan connectors on my z87 board, Otherwise this board is fantastic.
Other Thoughts: Ok, all in all this board is great for anyone that wants SLI/crossfire, z97 plus the new features of sata express/ M.2 at a I'm on a tight budget price compared to some of the higher offerings.
Also the support for gen 4 and 5 socket 1150 intel processors.
My setup with this board is as follows:
Gigabyte z97x-sli mb
1tb Seagate barracuda sata III hdd
Asus sata blu ray burner
Asus sata dvd burner
2x EVGA Gtx 460s in SLI
Corsair cx750m modular 750w power supply
12gb g.skill 1866 memory dual channel 2x4gb 2x2gb
intel core i3 4130 haswell cpu 3.4ghz
Zalman after market cpu cooler
win 8.1 pro x64 bit with media center
CFI bastet atx pc case with 2x hot swap bays etc.
I will at some point try out the new M.2 slot for an ssd when my budget allows, but its nice to have the feature there when needed.
As, I stated this is a great board if on a budget where you can not spend the premium price for the higher end boards but want to have the z97 setup with the new features, price vs features and performance are great for this board.