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Corsair Voyager GT 32GB
The Corsair Flash Voyager family of USB drives is rugged, stylish and compact, making them ideal for transporting MP3s, digital images, presentations and more. Flash Voyager drives are fully Plug and Play with most operating systems and are backward compatible with USB 1.1. Their basic feature is their rubber casing, which offers an easy grip and make the drives water resistant.
The Corsair Flash Voyager family now comprises of two lines of products. The Flash Voyager GT is designed from the ground up for speed, optimizing transfer rates of both reads and writes. Flash Voyager now moves down into the price/performance segment and is available in capacities ranging up to 128GB.
The Flash Voyager GT product line are enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing boasting water-resistant properties. The Flash Voyager has been shown laundered, baked, frozen, boiled, dropped, and even run over by a SUV in many third party reviews. After all the punishment it receives, the drive continues to work.
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The Corsair FlashVoyager GT 32GB can be purchased in various online stores for about € 95~105. It's price is much higher than other 32GB USB sticks you can find on the market. Let's hope that the drive's performance will worth this extra spending.
The drive is shipped in a simple, hard plastic shell:
Corsair has included a USB cable extension in the package, in case you find it difficult to mount it in your USB port of your PC, due to its rubber exterior casing.
The drive looks sporty and rugged, and the black and red colors give casual look. The rubber sleeve exterior protects the USB flash drive from any possible damage. You can try yourself throwing the drive against the wall - it will remain intact!
This how the USB stick looks like after removing the protection cap:
The cap is not ’t attached to the body of the drive so make sure you won't loose it.
We put the Corsair Voyager 32GB GT USB drive under some benchmarks using the following PC setup:
Let's start the benchmarks. First we used the HD Tach v126.96.36.199 software. This is a popular low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device possible.
We ran the full bench benchmark, which tests every sector of the drive. Full bench uses varying zone sizes for different device sizes to minimize the number of zones benchmarked. The software provides graphics with the average reading/writing performance of the drive. Due to the fact that the default partition of the drive cannot be deleted, we couldn't perform the write test and measured the reading performance only. The result was pretty good at around 32.8MB/sec, reaching the limits of the USB 2.0 port:
The next benchmark we used was HD Tune Pro, another benchmark that measures the drive's read/write performance. The results confirmed our previous findings giving the drive an average reading speed of 31.2MB/sec:
Moving ahead, we used another utility mainly designed for testing the performance of SSD drives, the AS SSD Benchmark. A sequential read/write operation gave a 31.25MB/sec for the reading and 16.30MB/sec for writing:
The ATTO Disk Benchmark tool measures the storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. The software uses files ranging from 0.5MB and up to 8MB. As you can see in the window below, an 8MB file was written at 18.6MB/s and read at 32.8MB/s. Of course, the performance drops as the files used for the tests become smaller:
The Corsair Voyager GT 32GB flash drive offers a massive amount of storage in a small form and highly portable. The available capacity is enough to to hold up to 8.000 MP3 tracks (128Kbit). It's reading performance is actually only limited by USB 2.0 interface, reaching 32MB/sec, while writing is also fast at 17MB/sec (average). The drive is also extremely rugged making it unlikely to need a replacement, taking advantage of Corsair's 10-year warranty for the drive. However, its price is almost double than other 32GB flash drives.
So we have to do with a high quality, durable product with great performance/design but a high price as well. So the choice is yours.. but have in mind that competitive and more affordable 32GB drives won't offer you the performance we measured in our labs, and that's for sure.