Well, I decided to try out one of the new Super Talent Express Duo
drives that have been hyped as being the cheapest USB 3.0 drive on the market, with write speeds of 23MB/s and read of 67MB/s on USB 3.0. I do not have USB 3.0, but I figured this might make a great USB 2.0 drive for the price ($14 for 8GB).
Visually, the drive looks nice, even though the case is made of plastic. Aluminum would have been nice on a drive like this, but the plastic doesn't rattle, so we'll see how it stands up.
Using ATTO Disk Benchmark, I tested the drive for read and write speeds.
As you can see, the read speeds are amazing, however the claimed write speeds
of 23MB/s are not present at all. In fact, I wasn't even able to get write speeds of 50% of that number. Write speeds stayed at an even 11MB/s. Read speeds, on the other hand, were amazing at 35MB/s.
For comparison, the Patriot Rage XT
, available for $21, can pull off write speeds of 25MB/s and read of 29MB/s.
While the read isn't as high as the Super Talent, the Patriot Rage XT actually does hit the advertised 25MB/s write speeds.
In summary, the Super Talent Express Duo does offer nice read speeds, but the write speeds are rather disappointing for a drive advertised as having much better. Is it a good buy for $14? Sure, if you are mainly looking for the fastest read speeds.