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Pros: + 128 Gb of portable storage
+ Solid Construction - Aluminum Alloy metal construction
+ SSD controller - not your typical flash drive
+ Very fast file transfers
+ Cap fits nice and snug
+ Corsair 5 year warranty
Cons: - Size: 3" x 1" may cause problem
- Hefty Price
- Weight - much heavier than a normal flash drive
Overall Review: I ran several tests on the Voyager and while I could go into details but nothing that has not been already posted here. In a nutshell, I found the drive to be substantially faster than my normal USB 3.0 drives. It would cut write times on large video files more than half. I could easily play movies from the flash drive without stuttering. This is not your ordinary 32/64 Gb flash drive. This is a 128 Gb SSD made in the shape of a flash drive. Manufactured inside an aluminum housing this drive has a bit of weight to it. Not so much as to be a problem, but I would equate it to that of an old style lighter in your pocket. As others have mentioned, the size could be a problem depending on ones USB plug configuration. It was not a problem in my case. I believe this drive will appeal to a small niche of technophobes that have use for ultra quick file transfers and the larger storage size and don't mind the additional cost. When so many 128 Gb SSD's are on sale for less than $100 and typical flash drives always on sale, it is hard for me to justify the additional cost. While I really like the drive, I cannot justify the additional cost for my personal use and thus I subtracted one egg. If you are shopping for this type of drive, by all means give the Flash Voyager your consideration and decide for yourself.
Pros: tl;dr (Summary)
- All metal case.
- Easy and snug fit cap.
- Quick and quicker with UASP support.
- SSD Controller.
- Plenty of space.
I was surprised how heavy the drive was and realized it is all aluminum. The weight is not bad. Its just a little more than most USB drives, but I like it. It provides a lot of protection.
By all aluminum I mean even the cap is metal. It has a strong rubber interior in the cap that fits snugly over the USB connector. In my opinion, this is awesome. It provides a great fit while reducing the chances of being worn down.
Although my speed tests are not great, I am still very happy with the performance. Oddly, my Windows 7 (UASP not supported) test had faster write speeds than the UASP supported OS’s (Mac and Windows 8.1). To be fair, my Windows 8.1 was in a VM on my Mac. The read speeds on the Mac and Win8.1 were phenomenal. I’m not going to sweat over write speeds though. There are different factors that would affect this on different computers. Does the OS support it or is there a motherboard driver installed that supports it? Is there a UASP controller on the motherboard? What else does the OS have going on? etc.
I played a large mkv video file from the USB on the Windows 7 and, for the most part, it played well with an occasional stutter. On the Mac it played without an issue.
The drive seems stable enough. Between the performance tests and usage tests, I’ve written over 16GB worth of data and probably read far more than that with no errors.
The SSD controller not only delivers the speed but also provides the S.M.A.R.T. monitor system. I used a disk checking software to access it and verified that there has been no errors.
You can fit a lot of files on a 128GB drive. Its amazing that so much can fit on such a small drive these days.
Cons: tl;dr (Summary)
- Description needs to be clearer that UASP support is needed to reach advertised speeds.
There is some confusion with the advertised speeds. With a little research , you'll see that UASP support is needed to reach the advertised speeds. One of the most popular operating systems, Windows 7, does not support UASP out of the box. I don't think they did a good job of making that known up-front. This does not warrant breaking an egg.
Overall Review: Since its made out of aluminum it gets very hot after heavy use. It's small, metal and no air flow. It's going to get hot. I'm not putting this as a con since I don't think this is a design flaw. Its physics.
The physical size is larger than any USB drive I’ve seen. The dimensions on Newegg are accurate, so make sure its something you can use. I don’t see this as a con or design flaw either. I’m sure they did what they could to make it as compact as it can be.
Windows 7 (UASP Not Supported):
ATTO: 290 MB/s write, 255 MB/s read
Samsung Magician: 145 MB/s write, 355 MB/s read
Windows 8.1 on VMFusion (UASP Supported):
ATTO: 125 MB/s write, 425 MB/s read
MacBook Air (UASP Supported):
Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test: 175 MB/s write, 435 MB/s read
Windows 10 Technical Preview did not fare so well, but neither can be held accountable. I am sure all will be worked out by release, right?
Pros: - Solid construction
- More than 10x write speed vs my “normal” USB 3.0 flash drive
- More than 2.5x read speed vs my “normal” USB 3.0 flash drive
- 128GB capacity. 256GB also available.
- Five year warranty
Cons: - Wasn’t quite able to hit advertised speeds (Windows 7 or 8.1), but not too far off
- 1 inch width (approx.) might be cramped for some setups
- Paint on lettering starting to wear after a couple of days (minor gripe)
- Pricey, but you are paying for performance
Overall Review: Other thoughts:
The Corsair 128GB Flash Voyager GTX is an excellent portable drive. It is much faster than traditional flash drives in both read and write performance. Construction is also top notch. It has a very solid look and feel. It is much larger than a traditional flash drive. It has a blue LED that lights up when plugged in, and it flashes when there is activity. The light isn’t too bright or obnoxious either. If you have any doubts about its longevity, Corsair’s 5 year warranty should put your mind at ease.
The width of the unit (1 inch or so) might cause a problem for some people if used in a system where there isn’t a lot of clearance between USB ports. However, I tested this drive in two systems and did not have an issue in either one.
During benchmarking, I wasn’t able to hit the advertised Read / Write speeds of 450(R) /360 (W) MB per sec. Performance was also slightly slower in Windows 7 compared to Windows 8.1:
Windows 7 Enterprise (i7 3770, 16GB RAM):
Atto Max Read: 330 MB/sec
Atto Max Write: 265 MB/sec
Windows 8.1 Pro (i7 4820K, 16GB RAM):
Atto Max Read: 373 MB/sec
Atto Max Write: 317 MB/sec
Because of the speed difference between the two systems, I am not deducting an egg for not being able to hit the advertised speeds. It’s clear that the OS and/or system configuration plays a role in what speeds you will get.
For comparison’s sake, my traditional Corsair Flash Voyager GO 32GB drive benched at 144MB/s (max read) and only 20MB/s (max write). The Flash Voyager GTX easily crushes those speeds.
For a more real-world example, it took over 2 minutes to copy a 4.19GB ISO file to my traditional 32GB Flash Voyager GO drive. That same file took only 35 seconds to copy to the 128GB Flash Voyager GTX. Read speeds were also improved. It took 30 seconds to read that same file from the Voyager GO drive, but under 15 seconds on the Voyager GTX. This was on the Windows 7 system, so it would likely be even faster on the Windows 8.1 system.
Note: the drive is formatted as FAT32 out of the box. To copy files > 4GB to it in Windows, you need to format it as NTFS. Once you do that, you will need a third party tool to get it back to FAT32 (I used GParted Live CD).
Conclusion: this drive is amazing. Although I am a little disappointed I couldn’t hit the advertised speeds, I am still extremely impressed, and it will be very difficult to go back to the slower speeds of traditional flash drives after using this. If you’re just copying office docs, it is probably overkill, but for more heavy duty tasks such as multimedia streaming, copying large amounts of files, or hosting an OS, you will definitely appreciate the increased speed. Corsair’s brand reputation and five year warranty solidify this drive’s awesomeness.
Pros: Solid all metal (Zinc alloy/aluminum) construction.
5 Year warranty.
Fastest flash drive I've ever used or seen.
Will fit all but the most cramped USB 3 or 2 slots.
It's not inexpensive but you will get what you pay for.
Cons: I'm not complaining.
Overall Review: 3.25 long x 1' wide
Used this to store and transfer images. What a blast. I mean there is just no wait time. Bang. It's done.
Took just a over minute to copy over 8.5GB of files.
The Corsair CMFVYGTX3B-128GB is simply superb.
Pros: SSD Controller, 5 year warranty, Zinc Alloy Case
Cons: Size, weight, origin of manufacture, lack of drivers to realize claimed performance
Overall Review: Cosair touts these devices as "Support for Microsoft Windows®, Mac OS X®, and Linux with no driver or software installation necessary." True maybe for functionality, but not for the performance claims made. Of all the laptops, netbooks, tablets & mobile phones I own, none of them met the complex hardware requirements necessary to use this capable USB drive to it's advertised performance levels. To realize actual claimed speed of the SSD controller provided performance in Windows 7 a driver to enable UASP (USB Attached SCSI) specific to the host device's motherboard must be obtained from the manufacturer. For folks using a portable device obtaining a driver may prove daunting, native Intel USB3 UASP solution is only supported under Windows 8 and not all motherboards support the UASP protocol. A quick search of two major portable computer company's support sites returns ZERO results for UASP drivers. With estimates of published Internet browsing by only about 10% of users operating Windows 8 computers that leaves this device's speed accessible to a very small percentage of those realizing it's touted potential. For those using USB OTG Devices only those with SuperSpeed supplement specification have hope of obtaining speed benefits from this SSD Controller Based USB Drive.
The Voyager GSX replaces a former model cited as a "legacy usb drive" on Corsair's website. The Legacy drive was introduced around Summer 2014 and replaced by the heaver successor announced January 2015. A side by side comparison reveals no differences in technical specifications other than weight and appearance. The sturdy heavy thumb drive feels good and solid, but bulky for a thumb drive. One of the heaviest USB sticks around, weighing in at 52grams or 1.8 ounces, nearly 75% increase over it's predecessor. Weight being the only documented difference I could substantiate, other than a new case design in a more subtle all black and a new package, what sets the six month newer model apart from the older red and black Voyager is a mystery. Given Corsair Manufacturing's sited focus on Dram modules, perhaps with the previous problems of failure on the old model, these have been updated or the heavier all black case offers more mass to dissapate intense heat being the culprit to cause the previous model to fail. The zinc alloy case makes me feel a little safter about dangling 128GB of sensitive intellectual property from a keychain, a nice touch of class over many of the plastic ones. I felt quite concerned to have this three inch long almost two ounce proturburance dangling dangerously from a delicate usb port attached to a pricey system board could prove to be an expensive lesson and unless I was using this in a stationary position I'd connect it via a short extension cable so it wouldn't snap off a port with the potential to ruin the host computer.
Without the hardware/bios drivers available to realize the benefits offered by this innovative USB stick, it's just another a
1. Fast portable storage
2. Heavy duty construction
3. Large and fast enough to RUN full operating system and system software.
4. Super fast media from drive!
1. A tad bit wide, might block adjacent USB 3.0 port.
2. Will not run at full speed on Win 7 and 8 No UASP support.
3. No utilities came with stick.
Overall Review: I received this item from Newegg to review.
It arrived just in time! My other Corsair 8GB stick became corrupted and I needed a new one!
There really isn't a whole lot of items to cover with a USB stick, however I would like to see a CRYPTO version of this drive complete with fingerprint scanner built in.
I have windows 7 and 8.1 on my two machines. I also had issues getting this drive to start up as a full speed SSD drive on my ASUS board at first. Then I rebooted and went into the BIOS and set the USB drive to recognize as a hard drive.
CORSAIR , You need to put a disclaimer on your product. Because technically it is false advertising. If I cannot achieve the speeds listed unless I run on Windows 10, then it needs to be CLEARLY labeled as such.
Here are some of my benchmarks I separated them by my initial test runs at usb 2.0 speeds and then at full usb 3.0 speeds.
in SIS Sandra 2015:
USB 2.0 performance was in USB 2.0 range for IOPS but drops off to below regular HARD DRIVE speeds as the file sizes get larger. If you are not aware, the faster your CPU and the higher number of threads also affects your performance. USB3.0 Performance was within SSD speeds fro read and write.
USB2.0=The device scored a 1.5 kIOPs, with 23IOPs per thread with 189.92 Mbps with a consistent read score of 38 MB/s and a write score From 8 MB/s to 38MB/s
USB3.0= 3.2 Kiops Score with 43IOPS Per thread. Read speeds from 168MB/s to 297MB/s write speeds of 35 to 116 MB/s (about 4x faster than usb 2.0)
ATTO Showed better performance but not any where near what it should be.
USB 2.0=This time the smaller files sizes (.512 MB) were slower, starting out read of 3.6 MB/s and Write of 1.9 MB/s to a range they steadily pick up as the file sizes get bigger and max out once you hit 64GB with a speed of 40MB/s Write and 44MB/s
USB3.0=Maxed out Read @ 271 MB/s and Write 254 MB/s (about 5x faster than USB 2.0)
So as you can see, performance is consistent with what the other reviewers are saying.
The product should be a pretty durable product I would hope, but only time will tell. The nice thing about this class of stick is they offer larger sizes as well. It should offer you a future proof way of having a backup stick that will be good for a couple of years.
Since the drive is formatted in Fat32 it should work fine with all of your consoles, and should run at USB 3.0 speeds above. Someone should benchmark consoles!
This drive is more than fast and large enough to do just about anything you could want an SSD drive to do! Even UHD Video, so don't hesitate if you need a USB Drive now!
I will continue evaluating this stick for long term performance, and post another review in the future.
There isn't much more to say other than Thank You Corsair! Finally I have a fast and Ultra Portable USB 3.0 SSD Drive!
I think that I will install Windows 10 on this drive! It should make installation a breeze.
Pros: Compared to a flash drive, this unit is very fast, with a very high capacity. Internally, it is an ssd rather than a typical flash drive. This new model ("GTX3B" rather than "GTX3") has a more solid case: no red trim, and no plastic (other than a window for the LED). It is an extremely durable block of cast aluminum. I think I could drive my truck over it without doing any damage.
Cons: While this drive slips easily into your pocket, it is enough larger than a typical thumb drive so that it might cause usb crowding on some equipment. That is easily cured by using a short dongle, or usb extension cord. Of course, if this ssd had been packaged as an external hard drive, you would be using a usb cord anyway. So I like having the option, most of the time, of plugging it directly in to the usb port.
Note that if you do use a dongle, you won't get usb3 speeds unless it is a usb3 dongle. I have lots of usb2 dongles lying around, and they work fine. But if I was going to use one regularly, I'd go out an buy a usb3 version, which has more conductors and will deliver full usb3 speed.
This drive is noticeably heavy in your hand, probably because of the bomb-proof casing. I would have thought it had something to do with the internals, but the cap is heavy too. Unlike the earlier configuration, the 3B model got does not have a place to mount the cap -- which I don't want to lose, because it is an awesome cap.
Overall Review: On my computers (all running Windows 7 on ssd system drives) this drive performs much faster than any thumb drive I own. To get its maximum performance, however, you need to be sure that (i) the port is usb3, (ii) any hub or dongle is usb3, and (iii) the OS supports UASP -- usb-attached scsi protocol. Windows 8.1 has it; Windows 7 does not (so I can't test its true speed). I expect this drive to perform even faster when I upgrade to Windows 10 later this year, which will have UASP support built-in.
For those of you who run operating systems from thumb drives, this drive should give you performance close to that of an internal ssd. It comes formatted FAT32, with no bloatware.
Pros: Don't confuse this thing with a USB Flash Drive. It is a real SSD with wear levelling and the performance of a true SSD. I boot and run Ubuntu 15 on a variety of different machines. It is excellent to be able to carry your entire working environment in your pocket. It seems to be about as fast as an internal SATA 3 SSD.
Cons: It could be even smaller. It blocks adjacent USB ports on some machines. It is a little expensive per Gigabyte for an SSD.
Overall Review: This drive works as advertised. Good portable boot drive. Congratulations Corsair on a fine product.