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Testing The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0

The Testbed


Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition


ASUS P6T Deluxe (Intel X58 Express)


Three Kingmax 2 GB DDR3-1333 modules

Graphics Card

Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ OC

USB Controllers

USB 2.0 : Intel ICH10
USB 3.0 : Renasas (NEC) µPD720200

USB Flash Drives

16 GB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0
16 GB Active Media Wink
8 GB Kingston DataTraveler DT110G
4 GB Corsair Flash Voyager
4 GB Kingston DataTraveler c10
2 GB OCZ Rally 2
2 GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro SDCZ6
1 GB OCZ Mini-Kart

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit


Testing Methodology

We tested in Microsoft Windows 7 with the latest updates. We chose to use IO Meter as well as our own suite of test files. Here are the details of the two sets of test files we used :

  • Large Files : 29 high-resolution photos (250,030,840 bytes)
  • Small Files : 436 low-resolution photos (250,001,809 bytes)

All transfer rate tests were timed using a Seiko WC73-4000 stopwatch with a rated accuracy of 10 ms. A minimum of 3 test runs were performed, with additional test runs undertaken if the results were off by more than half a second. The closest group of 3 run times was averaged to obtain the final result.

The case temperature results were obtained using a Fluke 62 Mini infra-red thermometer. The Load temperature test was carried out after at least 5 minutes running IO Meter (512 KB sequential read), with IO Meter continuing to run. The drives were allowed to idle for a minimum of 15 minutes before the Idle temperature test was performed. A minimum of 5 test spots were examined on each case, with the maximum test result used.


Maximum Case Temperature

We monitored the surface temperature of six USB flash drives during their benchmarks. The following chart shows their operating temperature range, from idle to maximum load. Please note that instead of giving you the absolute numbers, we are showing the temperature delta, which is the difference between the actual temperature and the ambient room temperature.

As you can see, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is, by far, the hottest USB flash drive in this comparison. Even when it idles, it's hotter than the next hottest USB flash drive (the Kingston DataTraveler DT110G) running at full load.

The high thermal output is generally not an issue in use, as the drive would be connected to the PC or notebook. You just need to let it cool down for a few minutes before putting it in your pocket. What's more important is this indicates a much higher power consumption.

We don't know what is its actual power consumption, but USB 3.0 drives can consume up to 4.5 watts of power. This may have a noticeable effect on your notebook's battery life, even if you leave it idling off a USB port.


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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Overview


Kingston DataTraveler Flash Drives


The 16 GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0
Usable Capacity, Specifications


Testing The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0
Maximum Case Temperature


Sustained Read Transfer Rate
Sustained Write Transfer Rate


4 KB Random Access Performance
512 KB Random Access Performance


4 KB Sequential Access Performance
512 KB Sequential Access Performance



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