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Transferring files between 2 computers has been made extremely easy for a while now with flash drives. These devices are small enough to fit in our pocket, deliver fast transfer speeds, and can hold quite a lot of data. Today we are taking a look at one of Kingston's latest flash drives. Announced this year at CES the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is a USB 3.0 drive that features read speeds of up to 150 MB/s and write speeds up to 70 MB/s. The drive has a solid metal matte finish and retractable design that protects the USB connection when it is not in use. Today we have the 64GB version on hand to see what it can do! Special thanks to Kingston for providing us with the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive to review. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 comes in Kingston's normal packaging for flash drives. You know, the packaging that you literally have to cut open! On the front it lets us know that we have the 64GB drive, that it is a USB 3.0 drive and it does list the speeds. On the back there is more information in a few different languages.
The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (32GB, $80 street) represents the latest incarnation of the humble flash drive, but it ramps up the possibilities with 32GB of space, a fast USB 3.0 connection, and a chunky plastic enclosure protecting the drive against bumps, bangs, and crushing. With the 32GB version selling for $75 (street), the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 is also available in 16GB ($50 street), and 64GB ($142 street) capacities. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a rugged enclosure of white plastic and brushed aluminum. Though it may not be as tough as the Corsair Flash Survivor (32GB) ($229.99 list, 3.5 stars), a removable cap keeps out dirt, grime, and moisture, and a solid loop on the back end of the drive secures it when attached to a key ring or lanyard. The drive weighs 1.6 ounces and measures 0.6 by 0.9 by 2.9 inches (HWD), which is wide enough that it may crowd out other drives when plugged into a USB port. The last is not an uncommon problem with larger-capacity drives, which are often larger physically as well, such as the Kingston DataTraveler 150 (32GB) ($60 street, 4 stars). In addition to the problem of port blockage, the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has two other potential design problems. The first is the plastic cap that covers the USB connector.
This past November, I took Kingston's first-ever USB 3.0 device for a spin; the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0. Given the fast speeds it offered, 'Ultimate' seemed like an appropriate name, and when all said and done, the drive impressed me enough to earn itself one of our Editor's Choice awards. At the time of that review, USB 3.0 devices still felt like they were in their infancy. The companies to produce them were few, and as time went on, we saw companies tweaking their respective devices to make them faster or more attractive in general. Like most other technologies, it's hard to expect refinement from the get-go. While the flash chips found inside thumb drives and similar devices are the most important factor for fast performance, the built-in USB 3.0 chipset and firmware also has a lot to do with things. As we've seen from other companies, simply upgrading the USB 3.0 chipset from one model to another can improve the performance seen from using exact same NAND. So, it's without surprise that companies such as Kingston actively seek out better options to make sure their products are as good as can be. That scenario is how the 'G2' drive we're taking a look at here came to be. It's identical in aesthetic design, but has the G2 added to its name as it's in fact a second-generation drive.
The emergence of new technologies has increased the size of files across the board in computing. However, larger files also mean a need for faster transfer. People who regularly transfer several gigabytes of valuable data at a time have no urge to wait 2 hours for their information to be transferred. A couple weeks ago, Kingston released their DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 flash drives. These flash drives use the USB 3.0 standard, and are reported to be Kingston's fastest flash drives, with stunning speeds of 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write when plugged into a USB 3 port. The drives are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. We'll put Kingston's claims to the test, and see if the drives are really worth what they claim. Shown above is the 16GB version; today, we're testing the 32GB version, which retails for $80 USD on Newegg.
Today's review is written by Kristofer Brozio. Kristofer is from TestFreaks.com, a product review site, who graciously allowed us to post this content on jonnyGURU.com. Today we have a USB flash drive review, it’s a new product from Kingston, the DT Ultimate 64gb USB 3.0 flash drive. The Kingston DT Ultimate comes in everyone’s favorite package: The nearly impenetrable sealed plastic clam-shell. They're certainly tons of fun to get open, aren’t they?! Upon opening the package you’ll find the drive itself, a small nylon key-chain or mini-lanyard and a double ended USB cable. The USB cable is supposed to be used when you’re connecting the DT Ultimate to a USB 2.0 port to provide extra power. On my system, I found no need for it. However, it might be needed on a laptop as the power available is a bit lower. The Kingston DT Ultimate is large and rather heavy for a USB flash drive, but it feels well made. The drive is a combination of metal and plastic. The sides are metal. There’s a badge on the top with the DT Ultimate 64gb logo and on the bottom is the Kingston logo. The cap comes off and can be attached to the bottom so you can't misplace it.
About a year ago, motherboards began trickling out to the market that featured support for the USB 3.0 protocol, and afterward, it took a good six months before consumers had any sort of real choice of products that could take advantage of it. It's primarily been storage devices that companies are pushing, and for good reason. Can you think of another USB peripheral that could benefit from such huge bandwidth? HD Webcams, perhaps, but we've yet to see any of those. The first proper USB 3.0 device we took a look at was Super Talent's SuperCrypt flash drive this past summer, and overall, it showed us just what these new-fangled USB ports are capable of. That drive was more of an SSD model though, as it featured high-quality NAND chips capable of pushing a huge number of IOPS. The downside? Pricing, of course. Months later, we took OCZ's Enyo for a spin, and once again, the performance was quite spectacular. It became clear that for those who want ultimate speed in their portable devices, real options were coming to market. Like regular SSDs though, the pricing of these portable drives are much higher than a typical thumb drive, so what if a company pushed out a thumb drive that used modest memory chips but still supported USB 3.0?
Early adopters are usually the ones who get punished. It's one of the laws of the tech jungle. Jump the train too early and you'll get shafted, both in terms of pricing and reliable performance. That's probably why it's taken so long to get USB 3.0 data sticks from the usual reputable folk. To be honest that's not such a bad thing, as it's only recently that every new motherboard, from the top to the bottom, is coming out with USB 3.0 ports on them. One of the surprising things is that this DataTraveler doesn't have the sort of price premium I would expect from a new tech stick, especially considering the performance increase USB 3.0 delivers. At £138 it costs only a little more than the £100-odd that traditional USB 2.0 64GB sticks cost, and you're getting way more than twice the performance. The key performance metrics will always be the read/write numbers, and you could colour us very surprised to see the DataTraveler Ultimate outperforming even its stated numbers on the packaging. Kingston is touting read/write figures of 80MB/s and 60MB/s respectively. Plugged into a Gigabyte board running off an NEC USB controller we found max numbers of 97MB/s and 73MB/s.
The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is Kingston's latest USB memory stick and it is also the first USB3.0 flash drive that Windows Middle East has reviewed. The USB3.0 specification differs from its predecessors on a number of levels including data transfer performance; whereas USB1.1 and 2.0 offer maximum speeds of 12Mbps and 480Mbps, USB3.0 can manage up to 4.8Gbps. Running our standard benchmarks on the Ultimate, it annihilated every other flash drive we've tested to date, it completed our 1.2GB read and write tests in a hardly believable 19- and 40-seconds respectively. Most USB2.0 flash drives manage to complete these tests with read test times above 35 seconds and write test times well above a minute. Its swift transfer performance also meant we could watch a 720p HD movie stored on the flash drive without any stutters or dropped frames. This is something USB2.0 flash drives just couldn't do. At a cost of US $117 or $ 3.66 per gigabyte the Ultimate 3.0 is a pricey flash drive when you consider it offers only 32GB of storage. That said the high cost is likely due to the USB3.0 controller sitting within.
|Kingston Digital 16 GB Hi-speed 3.0 Datatraveler Flash Drive DTU30/16 GB, White and Gray||$28.7||See it|
|Kingston DT Ultimate 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$29.99||See it|
|Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ult||$29.99||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 32GB USB 3.0 Read 150MB/s, Write 70MB/s (DTU30G3/32GB)||$29.99||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$32.99||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 32GB USB 3.0 Read 150MB/s, Write 70MB/s (DTU30G3/32GB)||$33.99||See it|
|Kingston DT Ultimate 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$38.92||See it|
|DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 - USB flash drive - 32 GB||$38.99||See it|
|32GB USB 3.0 DATATRAVELER ULTIMATE G3 (READ 150MB/S WRITE 70MB/S)||$38.99||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$39.99||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Read 150MB/s, Write 70MB/s (DTU30G3/64GB)||$59.95||See it|
|Kingston DT Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$59.95||See it|
|Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Read 150MB/s, Write 70MB/s (DTU30G3/64GB)||$59.99||See it|
|Kingston DT Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive||$59.99||See it|
|64GB USB 3.0 DATATRAVELER ULTIMATE G3 (READ 150MB/S WRITE 70MB/S)||$68.99||See it|
|DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 - USB flash drive - 64 GB||$68.99||See it|
|Kingston Digital 32 GB Hi-speed 3.0 Datatraveler Flash Drive DTU30/32 GB, White and Gray||$89.84||See it|
|Kingston 64GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB Flash Drive||$242.33||See it|