Usage & Testing
Using a flash drive is pretty straightforward. Just plug it into the device you want to use it with and start transferring files. To make full use of the USB 3.1 speeds you will obviously have to use it with a USB 3.1-enabled device. Don’t worry though the drive is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0, so transferring between multiple devices should be no problem.
For testing we will be using the HyperX Savage on our Z170 system, connected via USB 3.1 of course. Keep in mind Kingston advertises this drive to have speeds of 350 MB/s read and 250 MB/s write. Our first test is ATTO Disk Benchmark.
Here you can see that the drive did get up to 350 MB/s but for most of the transfers it was around 280-290MB/s. The write speeds here were a little disappointing too, not breaking the 200MB/s mark. Next up we have CrystalDiskMark.
Here we have much better results. Seeing sequential read and write speeds of 401.1 MB/s and 313.9 MB/s.