Super Talent SuperCrypt USB 3.0 32GB Thumb Drive Review
One Big Thumb Drive
Super Talent sent us its new USB 3.0 SuperCrypt USB thumb drive that will hopefully change the way we move forward with portable storage.
The encryption works with a dual-drive configuration - there are actually two controllers in the USB drive. The first is a small 32MB drive that includes the encryption application the user runs to authenticate and allow the second drive to activate. If no password has been set, then both drives show up automatically. Once the drive is unlocked it is fully accessible until the drive is removed from the USB port.
Along with the SuperCrypt line, Super Talent also has the Express Drive USB 3.0 and RAIDDrive USB 3.0 series that offer a more basic feature set and higher performance, respectively. If you are looking for a cheaper USB 3.0 offering then take a look at the Express option and if you want speeds as high as 300 MB/s, then the RAIDDrive could be up your alley.
You also heard me mention a Super Talent driver above - keep in mind I am referring to a Super Talent-built USB system driver update for Windows, not a new driver for the USB 3.0 hardware controller. More that likely if you have USB 3.0 support in your system today it is based on the NEC controller - the driver for that remains the same. When I asked Super Talent what their custom driver changed in the system, this is what they told me:
In our testing the driver did improve performance a bit but it wasn't necessary really at all. For me, I don't feel obligated to install the driver on any system I was using the SuperCrypt on unless I knew I would be copying a LOT of files to and from it.
Speaking of performance, let's take a look at our quick benchmark results on the next page!