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Pros: This is an update to my EggXpert review. Device worked well for about a month and a half.
Cons: Last weekend 6/6-6/7, while gaming the drive disappeared, The game (which was running off the SSD, this SSD is not my OS drive) naturally crashed. The device was not to be found in either the drive list, or the device manager. I rebooted my computer, it took a long time to start up as it could not find that SSD, check the device manager again, it wasn't listed, HWINFO64 also did not see the drive. On Monday 6/8 the drive all the sudden reappeared after resuming my desktop from standby. So I am not sure quite what to think of this.
Other Thoughts: There had been no changes to my computer in terms of software or hardware installations, I also had not been inside of my computer for a few weeks before the drive dropped, so it is unlikely it was a loose cable. I am going to contact Corsair and see what they have to say.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-128GB
Pros: This flash drive is rather small, I love the fact that the USB connector can retract into its housing protecting it without have to worry about losing an end cap. For a full sequential write (0 fill format) I am hitting 137-141MB/s which is quiet fast (faster than advertised).
ATTO Benchmarks (QD=4)
Max Write: 83MB/s
Max Read: 201MB/s
Max Read: 204MB/s
Max Write 76MB/s,
I don't know why my 0 fill format was so much faster than the benchmarks could the information I was seeing have been inaccurate, does this flash drive handle easily compressed data faster?
Led activity light (Some flash drives don't have these and it drives me nuts), the LED isn't one of those bright in your face ones either, its muted behind the blue plastic, which also diffuses the light in other directions, making the activity light more visible if the LED is pointing away from you (like in my case)
Cons: Comes formatted as FAT32, which this does ensure maximum compatibility you cannot store files larger than 4GB on it. In a Windows environment you can format it NTFS or exFAT, exFAT being more compatible on non Windows systems, and for Windows systems I would recommend the use of NTFS.
Other Thoughts: White this isn't the fastest USB3 drive on the market it is not advertised or priced as one, If you want fast look to the Corsair Voyager GTX (Literally a SSD on a stick).
Your write speed to this drive will vary depending on the source you are copying from and the size of the files, for example a lot of small picture from a HDD or even a SSD is going to be slower than copying over one or more large files.
FYI Marketing like in every other company advertises this as a 128GB flash drive, which is correct in marketing terms (1000 bytes = 1 kilobyte), however computers use 1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte, this is true for almost all products except it seems for RAM.
For my data I was copying from a Samsung 840 Pro (512GB), using Intel USB 3.0 ports on a Z87 board, with a 4770k processor.
Pros: This SSD is rather inexpensive (less than $0.50 a gigabyte on sale). Due to this being a budget SSD as expected the write performance is not at the level of flagship SSD’s, however in most use case scenario’s consumers tend to read more from a SSD than write and will not notice the reduced write throughput.
I ran a few benchmarks and this were the results:
520MB/s read, 302MB/s write
75k read IOp/s, 66k write IOp/s
Which while a little under the stated specifications (keep in mind those are up to numbers and will vary on your systems configuration, drivers, power settings, etc), and this is after writing completely filling the drive then emptying it, running Corsair Optimization tool in the software suite and letting the drive rest for an hour before benchmarking..
Out of the box performance was slightly higher at:
540MB/s read, 310MB/s write
80k read IOp/s, 73k write IOp/s
Cons: At full retail price (149.99 USD) I would look else where, but at current pricing (94.99 USD) this is a good deal, but keep an eye out SSD's go up for sale often, it is a very competitive market.
Other Thoughts: Packaging is very basic, it included the SSD and nothing else, no screws or cables or brackets. The Corsair SSD Toolbox software is downloadable on the Corsair website and as of this review there are no firmware updates for the product.
The software suite is pretty standard, Drive information, Overprovisioning if you want to add more (comes with an unchangeable 16GB already overprovisioned), SMART information, optimization (TRIM), secure wiping and disk cloning.
If you are a heavy user (tend to do a lot more writes then read’s), you should look into drive with higher performance or one that has a software package that accelerates writes to the systems DRAM then to the SSD’s NAND, or PCI-Express based solutions. To a typical gamer or consumers this drive will suit them well.
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