To examine the read and write speeds of the device I’ve favoured real-world tests over synthetic benchmarks, using more or less the same methodology as with the ReadyBoost tests. Each test was run three times, with the system being restarted before each instance and an average taken from the three timings then converted into Megabytes per second. I ran two identical tests for reading and writing, a large file test using a 700MB video file and small file test using a 145MB folder full of images.
The large file test demonstrated where the real strength of the Flash Voyager GT lies. It was way out in front with an impressive 20.6MB/s, with the Kingston going at 16.2MB/s and the Generic drive at a measly 6.6MB/s. Considering its large size this is certainly a desirable result, and that difference in speed will only be further evident the larger the file you transfer.
The small file test, however, saw the Voyager GT sacrifice its advantage. The Kingston drive averaged 10.4MB/s; the Voyager GT 7.1MB/s and the generic drive 4.1MB/s.
Reading tests panned out in a similar fashion, with the Corsair galloping out in front with the large file read averaging a superb 27.7MB/s with the Kingston trailing at 17.2MB/s and generic stick at 14.2MB/s. What’s also worth noting is the consistency of the Voyager GT; while the other two tended to fluctuate by a second or two – and sometimes more – the Corsair device was within tenths of a second during each run. This, and the astounding speed, show the quality of the memory used.
With the small file test the Kingston won again, with an average of 16.7MB/s, while the Voyager GT followed at 12.9MB/s and the generic memory at 9.7MB/s.
Although in some situations the Flash Voyager GT isn’t necessarily the quickest, the large file performance is intimidating for its speed and consistency; while it’s small file speed is still well above the average. Importantly, however, you’re not just getting high performance; you’re getting high-durability and peace of mind as well. A generous ten-year warranty covers any problems, and the Voyager GT also comes with TrueCrypt Security encryption for data security. All-in-all it’s a great package, offering superb features, market leading performance and great value to boot. If you want a reliable, large and secure flash drive then there’s no where else you need to look.
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