Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review
Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review. Launched at CES 2013 the Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 one of Kingston’s latest USB Storage offerings, it made its debut alongside the 1TB HyperX Predator drive both sporting similar styling.
Available in both 32GB & 64GB capacities, a 5 Year Warranty & very quick read/write speeds its seems on paper to be a great device.
This is the third generation of the DataTraveler Ultimate series, so we would expect to see some improvements in this version over the G2. The G2 had read and write performance of 100/70 the new G3 has quoted speeds of 150/70. The style as mentioned is similar to that of the predator HyperX, currently the world’s largest USB drive.
Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review – Specs
[A Closer Look]
A really slick capless design. However, first impressions is that the device is bulky and quite heavy
The Device is quoted to perform at “Read 150MB/s & Write 70MB/s”.
- Processor: Core i5 2500K @ 3.3 GHz
- Cooling: Custom WaterCooling Loop
- Motherboard: MSI MPower Z77
- Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB 2133Mhz
- Video Card: Sapphire HD 5770
- PSU: Bequiet Straight Power 620w
- Hard Drives: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
- OS: Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
- Windows 7
ATTO Disk Benchmark
As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage
We found write results peaking at around 171 MB/s much higher than quoted. Read results somewhat more mixed, generally around or below the expected 70
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill),provide theme support and Multi-Language support
We see some very impressive results, almost 200 MB/s write and close to 90MB/s read
Our HDtune results only shows write performance, however as we anticipated the results are way above the quoted speeds of 150MB/s
Windows File Transfer
Benchmarking software will yield an overall result, realistically though it’s the speed in which files can be transferred to the device that matters. For some users the device may be used to back up small files, for others, large files may be copied often. Let take a look at the speed we achieved.
We prepared a 1.71GB file and used the copy/paste function in Microsoft Windows, The file was transferred in 23 Seconds
We recently reviewed another drive from Kingston, The Datatraveler Locker G2+
As I’ve stated in earlier reviews. My day-to-day use with a USB storage devices would be transferring small images and documents. To be frank, speed isn’t an issue for me.
My first thoughts when reviewing the device where the pleasing aesthetics, I was very fond of the DataTraveler Locker+ G2, the styling on the G3 is much improved. The downside I found was the size. I used it with a range of devices during testing including my TV, Laptop and desktop. On my desktop where I have several USB connections in use. It certainly didn’t obstruct any neighbouring ports but did seem to be cramped.