Super Talent SuperCrypt USB 3.0 32GB Thumb Drive Review
Performance and Conclusions
- Intel Core i7-860
- ASUS P7P55D Premium motherboard (integrated USB 3.0 with NEC controller)
- 6GB Corsair DDR3-1333 memory
- Intel X25-M 160GB SSD
- PC Power and Cooling 900 watt power supply
- Corsair 800D chassis
Let the thrashing begin...
Oh, and for those interested, running the Fireball drive on the USB 3.0 port results in less than 30 MB/s - you aren't going to be upgrading your existing drives with a USB 3.0 ready motherboard!
If it is not apparent to you yet, I don't think it ever will be: we need USB 3.0 to be adopted and adopted quickly. Think about it, we are seeing a 32GB USB thumb drive nearly reach the speeds of some of our best solid state drives and we are still in the very first generation. We are only going to be limited by cost and how quickly competition can bring the prices down.
Speaking of prices, the Super Talent SuperCrypt isn't exactly cheap:
The AES encryption is a great addition to this line as well and should make those of you a little more paranoid than most feel a bit better. Obviously this equates into the price as well since AES hardware isn't free.
The Super Talent SuperCrypt is just big overall
Despite all of this positive news about Super Talent's SuperCrypt drive, I have some negative insight to share about the USB 3.0 standard in general. I am wary about its adoption speed thanks to Intel's platform division dragging its feet. Intel has stated that consumer desktop chipsets will not see an update for the remainder of 2010 and thus we can be sure that Intel-based motherboards will not come with USB 3.0 support unless the vendors pay to integrate a third party controller. While enthusiasts will likely find USB 3.0 all around, the Dells and HPs of the world may not and it is that mass customer base adoption that will really push vendors like Super Talent (and hundreds of others) to update to USB 3.0 ready hardware and allow them to lower prices. Just as I fear is happening with Intel holding back SATA 6G adoption, we need to work to make sure they don't do the same to USB 3.0.
For our first USB 3.0 drive, the Super Talent SuperCrypt was a dream to work with and because you don't have to install any extra drivers (other than having USB 3.0 in your system to begin with) it remains as simple to use as any other USB thumb drive. The performance was great for a first generation with read results up to as much as 220 MB/s that clearly show you why USB 2.0 needs to leave; there is still room to go to saturate the 500 MB/s USB 3.0 bus, but we'll patiently wait as long as we get more drives like this for a lower price.
And don't forget, with USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, this drive will be usable anywhere with any system, regardless of USB 3.0 integration. You can copy those ISO files to your friend's computer at USB 2.0 speeds if you need to - ugh.
If you have USB 3.0 in your system already, or were thinking about the ASUS U3S6 or ECS add-in cards, then you need a device like this to truly see its potential. You can use it for speedy backups or moving large amounts of data between USB 3.0-ready systems or just sit there and read and write to it to see how fast it can go. I would like to see prices lowered on them as they are quite high but for getting speed and encryption features working right off the bat, Super Talent deserves some credit.