Today we will be taking a look at Corsair's new Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32 GB USB Flash Drive which was officially announced on September 9, 2011. The product made its debut in retail a few days after the announcement, we've had it these past few weeks after that.
As a wide variety of USB 3.0 flash drives have been on the market for quite some time now, people expect to get faster transfer rates than on USB 2.0 drives. However, majority of the USB 3.0 drives disappoint with with varying speeds and performance. We're hoping that Corsair's latest offering brings even more speed to the table and puts the pressure on its competitors.Packaging and Accessories
The packaging it comes in is fairly simple and minimalist, which is to be expected of a flash drive. No frills, just a standard clam-shell with an informative insert as well as the flash drive itself. The 32GB Flash Voyager GT comes with bold claims, promising maximum read speed of 135MB/s and write speed of 41MB/s. Our testing will show if Corsair managed to beat the specs....
The insert informs the user of the device's specifications in relation to competitors, boasting a five year warranty (the age of "Made in USA" and "Lifetime Warrany" seems long past now), and read and write speeds of up to 135 MB/s and 41 MB/s respectively. This is compared to what the packaging refers to as a "Typical USB 3.0 Drive" with read and write speeds of 70 MB/s and 39 MB/s respectively. It addition, it informs the user that the drive works in USB 2.0 ports as well - where it should achieve the maximum speed allowable by the USB 2.0 standard (60MB/s).
On the next page, we're going to venture into performance testing of the drive and see how it fares versus the promises made on the box.
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