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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Super Talent RAIDDrive USB-3.0 Flash Drive
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: USB 3.0 RAIDDrive
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark Test Results
ATTO Disk Benchmark Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SuperTalent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive Flash Drive Review

SuperSpeed USB-3.0 delivers a very dramatic improvement over the older USB-2 protocol. Bandwidth speed has increased from 480 Mb/s to 5000 Mb/s, and file transfer rates as fast as 400 MB/s are now possible; making SuperSpeed USB-3.0 very competitive with the Serial-ATA interface. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Super Talent RAIDDrive ST3U64SRK SuperSpeed USB-3.0 flash drive, a product with up to 128GB of capacity which utilizes two SSD controllers in a RAID-0 array. The Super Talent USB-3.0 RAIDDrive is capable of 320 MB/s according to specifications, making it the fastest USB flash drive on the market.

The introduction of the USB 3.0 standard opens up some very exciting possibilities for the external storage market. Boasting 10x performance increase, it's really fast, but performance alone can not topple a standard as pervasive as its predecessor, USB 3.0 also needed to be completely backward compatible; and it is.

The rapid acceptance of the USB 3.0 standard is assured due to its complete backward compatibility with the USB 2.0 standard, ports and receptacles. A well written specification, USB 3.0 was designed to co-exist with USB 2.0 instead of replace it. USB 3.0 devices can work with USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports support USB 2.0 devices, but both at USB 2.0 speeds. Buried deep within new USB 3.0 (plugs and receptacles) are an additional five pins which provide two more data line pairs. When a USB 3.0 device is plugged into a USB 3.0 host, not only will it be possible to send and receive data up to 10 times faster, but the possibility to send and receive data concurrently using UASP drivers also avails itself.

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With the creation of USB 3.0, we can now create storage products to take advantage of these new capabilities. So, how do you go about creating a drive to go 10 times faster? You think outside the box. At SuperTalent, our engineers have created a drive that distributes data across two solid-state drives and combine their performance together. The technology is called RAID, and by combining the throughput of two fast SSDs we were able to create a drive that delivers USB 3.0 (10x) performance like no other. SuperTalent is proud to herald the introduction of USB 3.0 with our latest achievement, the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive. It's a RAID array of SSDs that delivers over 300MB/s - oh, and fits in your pocket.

About Super Talent Technology Corporation

Super Talent Technology, headquartered in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilzes its state-of-the art factory and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, ONFI and USB-IF standards bodies, and holds over 200 patents in Flash and DRAM technology.

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Super Talent's Silicon Valley based electrical, mechanical, and software Engineering teams develop leading-edge DRAM and Flash memory solutions for a multitude of applications. Our US-based engineering enables Super Talent to bring advanced new products and technologies to market well ahead of the competition. A leading innovator, Super Talent holds over 200 patents on DRAM and Flash module design and manufacturing processes, making Super Talent one of the world's chief patent holders in memory device categories. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, the association that defines future memory standards. The company is a technical leader in producing industry standard memory modules as well as in developing custom memory solutions.



 

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# Wrong testing benchStas 2010-04-22 23:56
You took the wrong motherboard for testing - it would not support more than 240MB/s, as NEC chip is using only 250GB/s PCIe x1 link.

Try it with ASUS add-on combo on the board that has southbridge PCIe x4 slot - only then you can compare real and declared productivity.
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# @ StasOlin Coles 2010-04-23 07:30
I'm not entirely certain this is the case. The NEC controller ties into the PCIe 2.0 lanes from my research, which means that there is at least 5Gb/s bandwidth. Regardless, the 320/180 MB/s that Super Talent suggests was nowhere close to the 239/106 MB/s we received. AS-SSD and ATTO both had low write-to performance, which was a far cry from the bandwidth restriction you suggest.
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# not exactlynnobody 2010-04-23 06:22
NEC USB3.0 chip on this mobo connected directly to X58 chip, so it gets one PCI-E 2.0 lane. You may check it by yourself, just view user's guide to this mobo.
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# :)Stas 2010-04-23 12:03
A bit earlier version of the article stated that the testbench was GA-P55A-UD7. And that make a big difference.
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# Time for glasses. :pOlin Coles 2010-04-23 13:17
You need to get more sleep. :p This article hasn't been modified or edited. The original test motherboard was the GA-X58A-UD7. As far as I know, Benchmark Reviews has never received/tested the GA-P55A-UD7.

At any rate, I'm glad we got that sorted out.
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# RE: Time for glasses. :pStas 2010-04-23 23:30
Sorry,then

Then there is still much to improove to get full USB 3.0 speed.
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# AgreedOlin Coles 2010-04-24 08:54
I think this is a good start, but it seems that the new SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard is too new for the industry. We probably have a few more years before USB 3 flash drives become widely available and used.
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# MasterRob 2010-04-26 09:53
Just wondering if you used the ST USB 3 RAIDDrive drivers ???

---> ##supertalent.com/support/driver_download.php?open=usb
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# Ooops ...Rob 2010-04-26 09:57
I found it :)
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