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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

Closer Look: USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Super Talent has earned the right to proclaim they've produced the World's first SuperSpeed USB 3.0 flash drive. While this is no ordinary USB flash drive, the SuperTalent RAIDDrive does offer some of the same features and portability as other 'thumb drives' on the market.

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In order to house two independent SSD controllers inside of one flash drive, Super Talent's USB-3.0 RAIDDrive has adopted a larger 3.74x1.34x0.61-Inches (95x34x15.4mm) profile. The RAIDDrive will still fit inside the average pocket, but a keychain flash drive it is not.

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Super Talent offers their USB-3.0 RAIDDrive in a polished metal finish, with piano-black plastic components embedded into the chassis. The large cap comes away with a snap, but doesn't remain attached to the drive or offer any type of lanyard loop.

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In the following sections, Benchmark Reviews will test the Super Talent RAIDDrive ST3U64SRK flash drive on a SuperSpeed USB-3.0 to verify manufacturer speciation's using AS-SSD Benchmark and ATTO Disk Benchmark.



 

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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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