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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64GB USB Thumb Drive

Testing, Use, and Conclusion:

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The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is best used in a USB 3.0 port but is of course compatible with USB 2.0. When used in a USB 2.0 port you do get the advantage of optimized data transfer at full USB 2.0 speeds of 30MB/s Read and 20MB/s Write. I have used all too many thumb drives that ended up having real transfer rates between 2 to 7MB/s. I want proof and so should you, proof that the DataTraveler actually attains the claimed speeds. Let’s take a look.

 HD Tune

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 This is the definition of “Under promise and over deliver”.  The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 never touches its rated speed of 150MB/s, instead it exceeds it by 41.9MB/s to achieve an average read speed of 191.9MB/s! As you can see from the chart above it spent most of its time nearer the 200MB/s mark dipping at its lowest to 171MB/s, a full 21MB/s faster than Kingstons claims. Let’s confirm this and check the read speed.

 Crystal Disk Mark

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 Crystal Disk Mark confirms the information we were receiving from HD Tune and raises the bar to a full 192MB/s read. We can also see here the write speed of 88.92MB/s. This is a phenominally fast thumb drive that at a 64GB capacity becomes useful for all manner of files.

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 As you can see this is no where near the 191MB/s to 192MB/s we were getting above. This is probably a lot closer to what you can expect if you purchase the drive for casual use. The drive is still very fast all things considered.

About the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3:

This drive is available in 32 and 64GB capacity, has a five year warranty with free tech support. I can’t remember the last time or any time for that matter that I called tech support for a thumb drive. It usually boils down to either an RMA or a lost file. Either “He’s Dead Jim” or breakout the file recovery software. It is still nice that Kingston has made the option available.

Conclusion:

Given the size, durability, speed, and warranty of the new DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 I am happy to award it our Editor’s Choice Award. It represents an excellent value and quality and is a drive I would choose to purchase and use myself.

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  1. ” As you can see this is no where near the 191MB/s to 192MB/s we were getting above.”

    That is because you are copying *to* the drive and hence the write speed is 70-80mb/sec.

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