Monster Among USB Drives – Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2 Tb
In our digital age, infrequently, but there are situations when it is urgent to transfer a huge amount of information, and where there is no access to the World Wide Web. And if you want to always, anywhere, have at your fingertips a collection of photographs, drawings, book illustrations that you have collected? And these are just some of the many situations when you need a reliable and at the same time portable drive. With the development of technology and the decline in the cost of flash memory, USB drives have become quite commonplace, but models with a large amount of data are still not very common. Until now, external hard drives were mainly used as such drives, but they have their drawbacks: large size, low reliability and relative fragility. In this regard, external SSD-drives with a USB interface have not gained wide popularity, therefore this, albeit small, market sector required a reliable and fast USB-drive with a large, if not huge, capacity. In January of this year, such a product from Kingston was introduced to the market and the general public. The new DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB drives are available in two models – 1 and 2 TB. In fact, they replaced other similar models – Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, which came in versions of 512 GB and 1 TB. It is worth noting an important fact: about in addition to increasing the volume, the main highlight of the Ultimate GT is support for the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard. This allows you to get a large amount of data and very high read and write speeds. At our disposal was a model of DataTraveler Ultimate GT with a capacity of 2 TB, which we will consider further.
Speed (USB 3.1 Gen 1): 300MB / s for reading, 200MB / s for writing
Size: 75.18 × 27 × 21.02 mm
Operating temperature: 0 ° C to 60 ° C
Storage Temperature: -20 ° C to 85 ° C
Warranty: 5 years and free technical support
What are the benefits of USB 3.1 Gen 1
The USB 3.0 standard is the third full version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB), which was later renamed to USB 3.1 Gen 1 without changing the specifications. This version, like the previous ones, provides ease of use and connection without the need for any computer settings, but at the same time it has a higher speed and optimization of power management. Ideally, USB 3.1 Gen 1 significantly increases the speed of work (up to ten times) and allows you to implement, most importantly, multi-stream data transfer. The maximum bandwidth of this version of the standard is up to 5 Gb / s (USB 2.0 – up to 480 Mb / s). But these are the maximum parameters. In reality, the transfer speed depends on the controller and the type of NAND flash memory used. USB 3.1 Gen 1 drives currently use various architecture and channel options. The larger the number of channels (multithreading), the higher the data rate. Accordingly, the most productive models get very high speeds from 300 MB / s, which is comparable to conventional SSD drives connected via SATA. It is also worth noting that all devices that support the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard are backward compatible, that is, they support previous versions of the standard. All this allows you to slightly increase the data transfer speed even for outdated computers.
As you know, most of the typical drives manufactured by Kingston and other manufacturers, supplied to the market in small blisters or cardboard boxes. But an exception was made for the DataTraveler Ultimate GT series models and the USB drive goes on sale in a stylish but strict tin box. On the front side there is nothing superfluous – the manufacturer company, name, device capacity, supported specification and, of course, very impressive speed characteristics are indicated.
On the back of the package the main features of the drive are indicated. Unfortunately, among the several languages in which it is reproduced, there is no Russian language. In addition, the serial number, country of manufacture and the fact that the device has a five-year Kingston warranty are also indicated.
The package does not look impressive, but everything that needs to be attached and stacked in separate compartments carved in a porous material that fills the entire volume of the tin box. Kingston company intelligently offers the user a special bag for carrying a USB drive and an extension cord, since the device’s dimensions are such that in many cases they will not allow the use of neighboring ports, since the flash drive’s case will block them.
The case itself is made of galvanized metal and has a shockproof design that protects this USB-drive from almost any life hardship. In this case, the metal case plays the role of heat sink during intensive work with the device. The connector is made in such a way that it can be "drowned" in the housing, half of which is retractable for this. Yes, due to the large volume, the case does not have small dimensions (relative to traditional small USB drives), but this is also good, since with such sizes the flash drive is not guaranteed to get lost in your pocket.
The model has a tangible weight of 60 g, despite the fact that ordinary flash drives weigh three times less. Its case is very unusual, and due to its wide sides, its installation may interfere with the use of other USB ports on the back of the PC. In this case, Kingston equipped its model with an additional USB cable, which allows you to connect the drive to any USB port on your computer.
In order to verify the specifications declared by the manufacturer, we conducted a small test of this drive. To measure the parameters, the OLDI Game 760 computer was used with the following configuration:
motherboard MSI H170 Gaming M3 (MS-7978);
Intel Core i7-6700K processor;
16 GB of RAM type DDR4-2133, operating in dual channel mode;
KINGSTON SKC400S37256G 256GB SSD
During the tests, the computer was running a 64-bit version of Windows 10 installed on an SSD drive. The studied Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2 Tb drive was connected to one of the ports (USB 3.1) of the system board, and the file system was formatted for the exFAT file system. Note that the drive comes with this particular file system, which supports a large amount of data on one partition.
For the synthetic test, the well-known CrystalDiskMark utility was used, which is used to measure the performance of various drives. The test results generally coincide with the declared, except for the reading mode, in which the speed was about 334 MB / s against the declared 300 MB / s. This is even more than you might expect.
In addition, in order to fully verify the correctness of the obtained results, in parallel with CrystalMark, we conducted tests using the FlashTest 4.0 utility developed by our test lab, with which, in our opinion, it is possible to obtain data close to actual operating conditions. This program, using function calls from the WinAPI library, copies data using standard Windows 7 and 8 tools, including displaying a standard window with a progress indicator on the screen. The test consists in first copying the test set of files from the PC hard drive to an external drive, during which the write speed is measured, and then in the opposite direction to measure the reading speed. The test data package for testing includes several hundred files of different sizes with a total volume of 17.87 GB, located in different folders.
Each of the tests was run three times, and before the next start, the computer was restarted, which eliminates the effect of data caching on the measurement results. Also, the Prefetch and Superfetch functions of the Windows operating system were forcibly blocked (through registry settings).
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2Tb
Write speed with
drive to system drive
System Drive Write Speed
According to the results of the FlashTest 4.0 test, the average value of the data transfer rate during copying from a memory card to a PC, that is, in read mode, was 190.2 MB / s; in the opposite direction (recording mode) – 96.2 MB / s. So everything fell into place, since tests close to actual operating conditions often show slightly different numbers than synthetic ones. Nevertheless, the results can be assessed as very good.
Using USB 3.1 Gen 1 allows the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2 Tb USB drive to deliver impressive speed performance with ease of connection and any computer configuration settings. In other words, Kingston has released a device that is truly useful and necessary, and in some cases irreplaceable. This drive is more than suitable as a remote hard drive for storing archives and transferring large files. Therefore, you should carefully consider the device offered by Kingston, which is sure to find its buyer. Unfortunately, the price of this drive in Russia is not yet known, but according to Amazon's trading platform, it is approximately $ 1,500.
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