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PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Highly inaccurate speed rating 04/05/2014

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Nice small format and no cap to lose.

Cons: Poor read/write speed. When testing the actual sustained data throughput using 5-10 GB MP4 and M2TS files, this device averages 35 MBps write and 42 MBps read speeds (NTFS format). This places this device into the category of being only slightly faster than a good USB 2 flash drive.

Other Thoughts: Using this test method, I get near stated throughput from my Lexar and Corsair fast USB 3 flash drives, but their price is higher as well. This drive is inexpensive and performs like it. If PNY had rated the speed more accurately to it's actual sustain data throughput, it could deserve a 5-star review. As it stands, it's at best a 3-star.

WD Elements 1TB USB 2.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Reason they're refurb 01/03/2014

This review is from: WD Elements 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN

Pros: USB 3 and 1 TB of storage capacity.

Cons: Drops USB 3 connections during long writes. Cheap appearance.

Other Thoughts: Works adequately if used for simple file transfers but is unusable for system backups or long duration file transfers. However, my two WD 2 TB Elements drives work flawlessly and have much better appearance. Buy one of those instead.

CORSAIR Voyager Slider 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSL3B-64GB
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Large storage for a low price. (The low price is because of painfully slow read/write speeds.)

Cons: This drive writes a 1 GB VOB file at a sustained 13 MBps on USB 3 -- swap to my "fast" 32 GB Lexar, same port but writing a different 1GB VOB file (so no latent RAM cache advantage) produces a sustained write speed of 70 MBps. Switch to MP4 files -- 12.5 MBps vs. 70 MBps sustained. In short, I get nearly the same write speed on USB 2 with this drive as with USB 3. Read speeds when writing 1 GB VOB files to an SSD HD, Corsair = 32 MBps, fast Lexar = 170 MBps. You be the judge...

Other Thoughts: A fair evaluation of price/performance would be to compare this drive to other USB 2 drives, not USB 3 drives. The sustained throughput of this drive simply doesn't warrant claiming USB 3 performance.


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Display Name: Dayton R.

Date Joined: 01/25/04

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 06/27/09
  • Last Review: 04/05/14
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