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Corsair Flash Voyager GT 128GB Flash Drive(海盗船)

发布时间:2010-02-28 02:36:00 浏览次数:2163次 类别:专业评测
  

海盗船Corsair Flash Voyager GT 128GB 亚马逊标价$460.99美元,读取速度非常稳定,在30M/S。胜过金士顿U盘。以下为国外详细资料。

Design & Usability Corsair comes from humble beginnings in the DRAM memory industry and branched out at a later date to hardware including, but not limited to, flash memory and power supplies. Initially their Voyager USB Flash drive product-line was marketed as a generic USB flash storage solution at affordable prices for the masses and subsequently they released a newer 'performance enhanced' series of the Voyager product-line dubbed the Flash Voyager GT. Initially, the GT line started at 4GB and later expanded to the rugged Flash Survivor. Today's review will focus solely on the Voyager GT 128GB that represents a significant departure from the original design. The USB flash drives phenomenal size measures up to 4" (100mm) in length (quite normal for a flash drive) and 1.5" (38mm) wide (nearly twice as wide as my Kingston DT200) with a thickness of 0.67" (17mm). Along with the size, the weight, 3.52 oz. (100g), is other-worldly in comparison to other flash drives (Kingston Datatraveler 150 32GB weighs only approximately 0.88 oz. or 25g). Of course the size and weight are both caveats of bringing 128GB of extremely portable storage via the USB interface to your desktop/notebook.

Check out the size of this mammoth-sized GT compared with the regular Flash Voyager. Included in the packaging is the hefty drive itself, a black signature Corsair branded lanyard and a USB extension cable for those people who need to be able to put the drive within easy reach especially considering it's rather bulky size which could be a real issue for readers wanting to use it in a more corporate environment where computers often feature recessed front USB ports that don't fit bulky drives.

The Flash Voyager GT 128GB isn't very suitable for laptop use as you can see in this picture above. The Flash Voyager GT 128GB is built with Cosair's signature rubber coating colored red and black which is shock absorbent and helps if you're feeling adventurous and accidentally drop the drive from quite some height, although I would hold on to this drive dearly given it's high MSRP. Featuring a cool blue activity LED at the back to indicate USB drive activity and a hole to fit the included lanyard.


  

The Voyager GT's USB connector is protected by a cap which can be removed and fitted to the rear of the drive, unfortunately both cap and lanyard cannot be simultaneously attached making it a bit awkward to recommend for on-the-move since you'd ideally want both lanyard and cap to be fixed to the drive even though Corsair does have a very generous replacement policy for their Voyager's caps.

Carrying the Voyager GT around in your pocket does become a tiny nuisance when it comes to the bulky size and the weight of the drive. This drive just doesn't really fit the USB flash drive profile of portability, even with Corsair's marketing-line of "75% smaller than a typical portable hard disk drive" when newer generation portable USB hard drives come in capacities up to 500GB and only end up being really twice as big as the Voyager GT.

For a $500 flash drive, the Flash Voyager GT should come with at least a nice pouch for decent physical protection. The weight of the drive can also potentially damage USB ports and lead to corrupt data transfers for some users since I often found the drive would flex toward the ground and lose USB connectivity in the middle of a transfer. This is probably also one of the reasons that Corsair bundles the drive with a USB extension cord and to avoid having users rip out their USB ports on badly soldered motherboards.

As with nearly all of Corsairs USB Flash drives, they claim the rubber housing capable of protecting against water via a special sealed construction. What would really have been useful for a drive of this caliber is an Ingress Rating to put some proof behind the claim since nearly all flash drives are protected against water via hermetically sealed components which will keep on working once the electronic components are dried out. Unfortunately the addition of ratings and certifications on this level costs the manufacturer more money that just isn't justifiable when the average consumer isn't willing to pay even more on top of the already extortionate pricing.

One improvement I would wish for, considering the amazing high price, is a integrated on-board capacity indicator similar to the Lexar JumpDrive Mercury Flash Drive to show how much space is already being used on the drive prior to actually attaching the drive to a USB port.

The drive comes preformatted with a FAT32 file allocation table for maximum compatibility on different operating systems ranging from Linux to Windows and a total of 130,796,355,584 bytes (121 GB) free space available to the user with only a minor amount of space reserved for a PDF detailing the amazing performance looming ahead for my benchmark testing.

No software is included with the drive. You really get what you pay for, lots and lots of copious storage capacity at drop-dead speeds and no annoying application compatibility to worry about. Unfortunately this drive also features no hardware-based encryption (unlike Ironkey) to secure your data and since losing more data would also scale linear with the capacity of the drive, the use of a large capacity drive would proportionally increase the risk of losing more your business critical data or personal data if the drive were to be lost or misplaced since you would most likely store more data on it than if you had only a 32GB USB flash drive. Fortunately free open-source encryption tools (e.g. TrueCrypt) are available for the exact purpose of securing your data while on the move. So let's move on to the durability and compatibility testing to really see what you're paying for.


  

Durability & Compatibility Using the USB-IF's USBCV testing suite I tested the drive with both Chapter 9 and Mass Storage Class USB protocol compliance, both of which the Voyager GT 128GB passed with flying colors. Users should not experience any strange and abnormal behavior based on these results since the drive appears to conform fully to the USB-IF's USB specification.

I followed up the USB protocol testing with some real-world reliability testing given that Corsair quote an operating temperature range of 0ºC to 70ºC and a shock resistance of 1500G's followed finally by some under-water immersion.

To test the shock resistance, I literally bounced the drive off the wall a number of times with the rubber cap fitted. Fortunately the drive survived the brutal impact to continue on its path of temperature testing so I ran it through my thermal chamber from 0ºC to 50ºC for fear of the rubber casing melting. After approximately an hour in the temperature chamber I extracted the drive without any physical damage and in an operational condition.

Lastly I attempted to put some proof to the pudding behind Corsair's water-proof statement and submerged it in tap water for a whole night. After letting the drive dry off I then proceeded and tested it without any hick-ups in functionality. I can proudly say that this drive will most likely survive water submersion even over extended periods of time since the unit itself is fairly well-sealed especially with the cap fitted.

Performance All benchmarking was performed on a Core 2 Duo E6600 processor built into a ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi motherboard with a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition graphics card featuring a Intel-based USB host controller (ICH8 South Bridge) and the Flash Voyager GT 128GB flash drive directly connected to the host computer's USB port. The operating used was Microsoft's Windows Vista 64-bit including Service Pack 1.

Starting off with HDTune, early results show read speeds reaching up to a maximum of 31.7MB/s, an access time of 0.6 ms and Burst Data Rate of 25.0MB/s. Using the Kingston Datatraveler 150 32GB as my closest competitor within arm's reach you can really start seeing the impact of Flash Voyager GT's dual-channel flash implementation across this gigantic drive. Kingston's own DT150 only scored a maximum read speed of 30.1MB/s, an enormous access time of 1.0 ms and a quite considerably slower Burst Data Rate of 22.7MB/s.

HDTune Benchmark: Flash Voyager GT 128GB on the left; Kingston Data Traveler 150 Utilizing SiSoft Sandra 2009 to get some synthetic results for performance I see the Corsair Voyager reaching a maximum performance of 31MB/s on read operations for 64MB files and a maximum write performance of 21.33MB/s for 256MB files making this a very attractive drive for users looking to archive large music, photo or video files. Write performance compared to the Kingston DataTraveler 150 32GB shows a near-double performance for all file sizes which should ensure you spend less time writing and more time reading data from the drive compared to any other USB flash drive thereby maximizing your productivity. If ever there was an argument for businesses to spend a lot of money on a flash drive, this is it.


  

IT administrators running portable operating systems from the Flash Voyager GT may also find a niche for this drive as an on-the-fly administrative tool capable of storing user profiles, tools, operating systems and portable applications. My real-world results were measured using Microsoft's own Robocopy tool to measure performance for both read and write operations on a 640MB ISO image file. The read speeds matched my previous Robocopy and HDTune results with a score of 30.9MB/s, very close to Corsair's own estimate of 32MB/s. The write speeds, however, did not fare as well and I only managed to record a maximum of 20.7 MB/s, well below Corsair's estimate of 28MB/s. Compared to the Kingston DataTraveler 150 32GB the read speeds are on-par while the write speed on the Corsair Flash Voyager GT 128GB clearly beats the Kingston DT150 back into the stone-age.

Recap As the largest capacity and fastest performing USB flash drive to ever step into EverythingUSB's test-bench, the sheer cost of the drive stops me from recommending it to the average consumer unless the before-stated average consumer is less average and more rich. I can certainly see a niche market for these size of drives using a USB interface but feel overall that manufacturers are flogging a dead horse with large capacity flash drives built around the USB 2.0 interface when they should really be concentrating on either the up-coming USB 3.0 or the already current and fully supported eSATA interface. Price and size aside, this drive is certainly a great performer and should please any owner willing to put up with the heavy weight and slightly bulky size.

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