Setup and Testing
Being a USB Flash Drive, setup of the T-Force Spark was as easy as plugging it into a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port on the motherboard. The above image was simply for the purpose of a decent image for this review as that is a USB 3.0 port. When we see the properties for the T-Force Spark, Windows shows it to have 117 GB of usable storage.
- Processor: Intel Core I9 10900k
- Graphis Card: Asus Strix RTX 2080 TI
- Memory: 64 GB G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200 MHz CAS 14
- Motherboard: Z490 Aorus Master
- OS Drive: 500 GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus
- PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power Grand 1200 Watt 80+ Platinum
- Cooling: Custom Loop
Atto Disk Benchmark
Crystal Disk Mark 5
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark utility was designed to measure regular disk drive performance. However, it’s more than capable of measuring both USB flash drive and SSD speeds as well. The utility measures disk performance rates for various sizes of files and displays the results in a bar chart showing read and write speeds at each file size. The results are displayed in megabytes per second. Results for the T-Force Spark in the ATTO Disk Benchmark are pictured below. The results were slightly below the advertised speeds for the T-Force Spark, but also lower than other benchmarks.
AJA Systems is a test that gives you throughput results for different types of video formats. The settings we used are the Red 4k HD footage, a 1 GB file size, and an 8bit YUV codec. The T-Force Spark averaged 217 MB/s on the read and 41 MB/s on the write on AJA Systems.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is a simple and portable utility which helps you measure the effectiveness and performance of any solid-state (SSD) drives connected to your system. It will test “Seq”, “4K”, “4K-64Thrd” and Access Time. In the end, it will give your SSD a score. 4K tests the read/write abilities by access random 4K blocks while the Sequential test measures how fast the drive can read a 1GB file. We had an issue with AS SSD when testing the T-Force Spark. Although the test did give us a read speed of 204.79 MB/s on the read speed and 47.82 MB/s on the write speed. However, the benchmark never completed. I attempted to run the test several times but it would not finish. It did however works with other drives installed on the systems and a couple of external SSDs.
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows users to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.” In Crystal Disk Mark 5, the T-Force Spark averaged 202.5 MB/s on the read speed and 52.47 MB/s on the write speed.
USB Flash Benchmark
The USB Flash Benchmark records transfer speeds of various different file sizes to the drive. The line graph in the screenshot show s the results of the USB Flash Benchmark for the T-Force Spark USB Flash drive.