Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 (32GB)

It's great to have the speed of USB 3.0, but the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is just too chunky to wholeheartedly recommend.


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The DataTraveler Ultimate is a USB 3.0 memory stick, and a rather ungainly one at that. Its thickness, both horizontally and vertically, is quite a concern, potentially blocking other peripherals from reaching the ports beside it. We're not exactly sure why it's so chunky: the Patriot Supersonic manages just fine while being USB 3.0.

It is, otherwise, a bog-standard memory stick. We tested it against CrystalDiskMark, using the random data test to see what it could do.

Sequential data (MBps)

  • Sequential read
  • Sequential write

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

512K random data (MBps)

  • 512K random read
  • 512K random write

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

4K random data (MBps)

  • 4K random read
  • 4K random write

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

4K random data, queue depth 32 (MBps)

  • 4K random read
  • 4K random write

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


It's great to have the speed of USB 3.0, but the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is just too chunky to wholeheartedly recommend. Check out the Patriot Supersonic instead.



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