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This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1D)
Pros: - Cheap for the amount of storage
- Decent physical size
- Faster than a USB2 drive
Cons: - On the lower end of USB3 speeds
Other Thoughts: It is 128MB of storage in a USB3 drive, it is cheap and it is faster than a USB2 drive. If you are looking for insane transfer speeds that USB3 and other drives offer, you will not find it here.
Using ATTO Disk Benchmark, I compared this against a PNY 128MB USB3 drive and a Micro Center 8GB USB3 drive. The Silicon Power (SP) drive was 48% slower than the PNY (99053 vs 191397) in the 64MB transfer test. The SP was only 2% slower than the cheap Micro Center drive (99053 vs 101169) in the same 64MB transfer test.
If you want a USB3 drive for the faster than USB2 speeds and are on a budget, this will work nicely. The price catches your eye and that should be your first sign that this is not a high end drive. The product info does not claim to be on the bleeding edge of USB3 speeds, it just highlights the potential speed of USB3.
I give it 4 eggs for being a USB3 drive, affordable, and having 128MB of storage. The egg lost is due to being on the lower end of USB3 speeds.
Pros: 128GB for a reasonable price
Fast enough for expandable storage (tablet)
Comes with an SD adapter
Cons: None, but I wasn’t expecting the fastest read or write speeds on the planet either
Other Thoughts: This microSD will live out its days in my tablet. I moved all media (movies and music) to this microSD to take some pressure off the internal drive and I haven’t had any slow access problems. The copy/move process took a few hours though.
I relegated this to a storage card in my tablet because of my real world speeds being so far from the published specs and more in line with average cards. If you need some additional storage and don’t plan on removing the card to use in a high speed camera or for high def videos, this card is a steal! 128GB of storage for this price, stop thinking and buy it already! However, if you need a high speed card for high quality photo captures or video recording, I think you need to go for a known quantity.
I am sure it will work fine in any microSD compatible smartphone, those aren’t high price digital camera’s taking ungodly large images in quick succession. I would buy another SP microSD 128GB card for a phone or tablet use without a doubt. This is an affordable storage expansion to keep in mind for the future.
Pros: - Speeds I experience in my system beat the posted specs with the exception of
- Decent amount of storage (447GB formatted)
- SSD Guru application is straight forward (informative and offers an update mechanism for firmware)
Cons: - I am a concerned about reliability and durability with the OCZ name (-1 egg)
- SSD Guru application is flagged as corrupt by Windows Smart Screen once downloaded (-1 egg, is it safe?)
- SSD Guru application only reports on OCZ drives, Samsung Magician allows for reporting of all attached drives and benchmarks.
Other Thoughts: I installed this in my main PC to replace a 500GB Western Digital Blue storage drive. Obviously this blows the doors off of a HDD in every category. I could fill this with detailed of benchmark statistics, but others have done that and I’ll offer up some simple ones from Samsung Magician.
Published Spec/Samsung Magician
Read (MBps): 550/566
Write (MBps): 530/541
4KB Read (IOPS): 90,000/87,460
4KB Write (IOPS): 54,000/76,673
Will this replace my primary SSD (Samsung 850 EVO)? No, but I am willing to give the OCZ name a shot for the first time in a long time, which starts with being a reliable performer as my storage drive. So far, this performs rather well despite the tarnished OCZ name.
For the curious, my basic specs are below:
Intel Core i7 3820, ASUS Sabretooth X79, 16GB Memory, Samsung 850 EVO (primary), EVGA GTX 980 Ti, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (build 10586.164) with Intel RST 184.108.40.2068.
I always wish SSD’s would come with trays, but I cannot knock an egg off for something that was not labeled as being included. I never seem to have one when I need it, so I bought a Corsair Dual SSD Mounting Bracket 3.5" CSSD-BRKT2 which fit perfectly in to the drive caddy on my Cooler Master CM 690 II case. Now I have a spare tray for an SSD… which I’ll misplace.
** I wrote this review on 4/10/2016 and waited until 4/18/2016 to post it. I was looking for reliability and performance hiccups. NONE were experienced. Although the benchmarks dropped from 566/541 to 538/513. It’s still faster than the WD Blue (115/116)! **