Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB Review (Page 5 of 8)

Page 5 - Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark

About Crystal Disk Mark

- Measure sequential reads/writes speed
- Measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed
- Select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill)

From: Developer's Page

Moving to the Crystal Disk Mark 3.0, we can really see the advancement of USB 3.0 in comparison to its older counterpart. Unfortunately, the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB is a victim of these advances, as we can see from these graphs. Much like ATTO Disk Benchmark, the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is also faster than the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2, but behind the OCZ Rally2 Turbo. On to the 512K write and read, the microDuo is actually pulling a respectable 24.77MB/s read, but falters at 0.412MB/s write. The 4K and 4KQD32 tests are next, and are designed to test for input/output operations per second (Commonly referred to as IOPS). Our review item in question is actually surprisingly fast at 4K read, even faster than some USB 3.0 thumb drives, but the write speed is so slow, we cannot even see a bar on the graph. The same is true for the 4K QD32 tests, as the read speed from the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB is actually a respectable 8.062MB/s, and keeps up quite a few USB 3.0 devices. Traditionally, USB sticks are weak in this area, and while some more recent flash drives are finally stepping up to the task of conquering higher IOPS, the microDuo is not one of the conquerors. We can only hope more manufacturers will continue to strive for better speeds, but all we can do is wait for now. Of course, bringing it back to the review at hand, the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB is not meant to be a speed demon, so it is only reasonable to wait for a different device to be faster.

Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Conclusion