Corsair Flash Survivor GTR 32GB USB Flash DriveMay 18th, 2010 | By Simon
In order to test the Flash Survivor GTR, I will be subjecting it to a few benchmarks: IOMeter, ATTO Diskbenchmark and Crystal Disk Mark. I won’t cover any installation details because it is plug and play – no drivers or software required. I will compare performance on my Windows Vista machine against rival flash drives. The Flash Survivor GTR is also compatible with Windows 7.
- CPU: Intel C2D Q6600 (G0 SLACR L731B434) @ 2.71GHz
- MB: Asus P5E3-Dlx Wifi-AP Edition
- GPU: Sapphire HD 4850 X2 Catalyst
- RAM: Aeneon 2×2GB XTune DDR3-1600 (AXH860UD20-16H) @ 1800MHz 10-10-10-30 1T
- PSU: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W
- CPU Cooling: Thermalright HR-01 w/ 120mm Antec Tri-Cool Fan
- PWM/NB/SB Cooling: Stock/Stock/Stock
- HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache (ST3808110AS)
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- USB Flash Drives
- 32GB Corsair Flash Survivor GTR
- 16GB Patriot Memory Bolt
- 8GB Corsair Padlock 2
- 32GB Corsair Flash Survivor GT
- 4GB OCZ ATV Turbo
IOMeter is an I/O subsystem measurement and characteristic tool for single and clustered systems initially designed by Intel.
IOMeter is both a workload generator (that is, it performs I/O operations in order to stress the system) and a measurement tool (that is, it examines and records the performance of its I/O operations and their impact on the system). It can be configured to emulate the disk or network I/O load of any program or benchmark, or can be used to generate entirely synthetic I/O loads. It can generate and measure loads on single or multiple (networked) systems.
I configured IOMeter to create a 1GB file on the target device and it will pull the performance over 5 minutes and report back the average transfer rate for various block size transfers: 4KB, 16KB and 32KB.
ATTO Diskbenchmark is an old but popular benchmarking tool. It captures the read and write performance at different transfer sizes for a fixed file size.
Crystal Disk Mark
Crystal Disk Mark tests the read and write speed for a user selected file size at three different transfer rates: sequential, 512K and 4K. I selected a 1000MB test file.
The numbers are clear as sky and the Survivor GTR has broken some records in my lab. In every sequential data transfer benchmark I’ve thrown at the GTR it has placed first. With the random data transfer benchmarks the GTR was always close to the top. Surprising it was the original GT that dethroned the GTR. Still, with a read speed of 35MB/s and a write speed of 30MB/S, this puppy is fast.