Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 50 USB 3.1 Gen1 Drive Review: Page 4 of 5

Posted by Derek Smith on Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:00am

Testing

Beginning the speed and connectivity testing for the Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 50 (DT50) we will be using two 2 different computer platforms as to perform using the newest USB 3.1 Test.  Each computer is set up the same to facilitate the proper and reliable testing of the DT-50 with USB 3.0 plug speeds compared to the USB 3.1 plug speeds.  Using two different systems also let you know of any other anomaly that would not normally be picked up by the use of just one board.

The first test for the Kingston 64GB DataTraveler was using Windows 10 w/ i7 5930k LGA2011-V3 build with 32 GB of G.Skill RIPJAW 4’s DDR4 2400 memory.

Hub Test

First I was interested. Was my nice Hub just as fast as my computer socket?  Let’s find out. 

I used this ORICO Fast 3.0/2.0 USB Hub that plugs straight to the board via USB 3.0 plug and an electrical plug for charging for the system board inside it. This was the first test point to find out if there were any speed loss by using a Hub.  The Hub’s Speed results went wonderfully and was able to top out the speeds of the Kingston 64GB and have 99.9% Throughput speed using the Hub.

The Speed Tests for the Kingston 64 GB DataTraveler 50 or (DT-50) were CrystalDiskMark5.2.1 Benchmarking software speed testing on both machines to keep consistency between speed measurement on different platforms.  Also, both machines are running Windows 10/64 bit.

The second speed testing was to plug the DT-50 straight into the back I/O Port.  This is the shortest route and bound to get the best scores because it is actually soldered to the back of the I/O section of the motherboard.

To test USB 3.1 Connection computer was with the Z170X with a 6400 Skylake processor with a standard USB 3.1 plugs.  It will be interesting to see if the speeds we will be testing on the second computer will be faster with the USB 3.1 on the back I/O of the Skylake setup.

The First Score on the left-hand side of the speeds is using the ORICO Easy your PC USB 3.0 hub test.

This test was to see if my hub was just as fast as plugging it straight into an I/O USB connection.

The Scores on the right of side of the Chart is CrystalDiskMark5 Score cards are from being plugged straight into the back USB 3.0 rear I/O port.  So far all of the plugs tested have been USB3.0.

Remember that the DT-50’s speed readings, so far, have only been by using USB 3.0 plugs so far.

As an added bonus to the tech test we found that a properly designed and plugged in (hub) can give you plenty of extra connectivity and throughput speeds where 99% data speed as being plugged straight into the I/O Plug itself.  The ORICO

Fascinating thing to find is that the Speed of the Kingston 64 DataTraveler 50 in the USB 3.0 Speed test revealed that this flash drive was just as at home in all connections but best in 3.0 and 3.1 USB connections.

USB 3.1 Tests
Now for the USB 3.1 speed test for the Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 50 (DT50) to find out if there would be a visible increase in speed. Kingston never says that this USB 3.1 device is superfast, it’s just going to work at that same 3.0 style speed but use the plug and they were right.

As we test the USB 3.1 speeds with a Z170 Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3-Ultra motherboard with Standard USB 3.1 plug the plug was seen by the Windows 10 very quickly.  The processor used in this test bench is the i5-6400 Skylake LGA1151 Ssocket with 8GB of DDR4-2400 memory, so an average build.

Charts of the Dual Test done with the same USB 3.1 Plug on the back I/O of the Z170 boards showed that there was no major increase in power by using the USB 3.1 drive but they do add that in their marking announcement.  The biggest thing I noticed about using the USB 3.1 port was the file directory almost instantly showed on screen with the Skylake USB 3.1 connection but the speeds were not significantly different faster overall when using the higher speed plug.

FILL’r UP Transfer Test.

This test is a real-time transfer example of actual Music and Video files from an SSD in the X99 test system through to the Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 50 via the USB 3.0.

Size of the Data File: 52.5GB

Time to transfer of 52.5 GB: One Hour, thirteen mins and five seconds.  Writing times fluctuated from 8.20 to 21MB/s and the fluctuation in speeds seemed to make the time go by even slower, but at least you don’t have to keep up with the cap, Right.  Ha.

Watching the 4K content was not a problem with the Kingston DT-50 64GB DataTraveler 50 and the lack of an LED light flashing while its reading and writing away.  That part is kind of nice.

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