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USB 3 vs USB 2 – speed tests with corsair flash voyagers

UPDATE POST/BENCHMARKS CAN BE FOUND HERE :

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I decided to run a test on the similarly looking USB devices from Corsair. Test rig :

Asus P8P67 PRO
i5 2500k
16gb ddr3
Corsair 600T case

Test devices :

Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB 3 (CMFVY3-16GB)
Corsair Flash Voyager 1GB USB 2 (CMFUSB2.0-1GB)

At first glance, you notice the USB 3 is a little bigger, almost 35% larger then the original USB 2.

[zp src=”corsair voyager.JPG” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

The first test is USB 2 running off the USB 3 front panel, with 1GB USB 2 Flash Voyager.

[zp src=”usb2-front.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

Second is USB 3 running off USB 3 front panel, with 16GB USB 3 Flash Voyager.

[zp src=”usb3-front.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

The third test is USB 2 running off USB 3 rear panel (on the motherboard), with 1GB USB 2 Flash Voyager.

[zp src=”usb2-rear.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

The fourth test is USB 3 running off USB 3 rear panel (on the motherboard)l, with 16GB USB 3 Flash Voyager.

[zp src=”usb3-rear.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

Those are some very solid numbers coming from USB 3. I was expecting to see in the 100MB/s, but solid 68MB/s is pretty good as well. It was good to see zero difference between my rear, onboard USB 3 as the front panel USB 3 though.

*UPDATED with write tests

USB 2 on the front panel USB3 slot :

[zp src=”usb2-atto.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

USB 3 on the front panel USB3 slot :

[zp src=”usb3-atto.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

USB3 on front panel USB2 slot :

[zp src=”usb3 on usb2-read.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

[zp src=”usb3 on usb2-bench32.png” album=”blog/corsair usb3/” width=”600″]

If you want some other tests run, let me know, I am more then happy to accommodate :).

8 replies on “USB 3 vs USB 2 – speed tests with corsair flash voyagers”

Thanks for tests, it answered my question: is it better “3.0 voyager” or “2.0 voyager GT”.

Voyager usb 3.0 is better even if one doesnt use 3.0 ports because 3.0 does maximum speed (of 2.0 port) connected to usb2.0 port.

please correct me (write an e mail if im wrong)

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