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Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 32GB USB3 review

Posted 31 May 2012 10:28 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

Review: Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 32GB USB3 Flash drive Reviewed by: Vroom Provided by: Kingston

Kingston is a name that doesn’t need any introduction. Kingston is the leading name when it comes to RAM, but also a leader in USB Drives and is now following the same path with their SSD drives. Over the last few years there was a major improvement in the capacity of most modern USB flash drives, and now a big proportion of USB flash drives have moved to USB3, with huge improvement over the outdated USB2.  

Kingston has provided me with their latest DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB3 flash drive. The drive is available in three capacities, starting from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. I will be taking a closer look at the 32GB DataTraveler Elite 3.0 flash drive in this review.  

Kingston company information

In 1987, Kingston® entered the market with a single product. Founders John Tu and David Sun addressed a severe shortage of surface-mount memory chips with a memory module that would serve to redefine industry standards for years to come. You can read the full history of Kingston by clicking here.

Drive Specifications

Now let’s start with the drive specifications.

As we can see the drive comes in three capacities, and most importantly it will be able to reach a write speed of 30MB/Sec on USB3 and read speed up to 70MB/Sec. The five year warranty is also a pleasant surprise.

Here is the compatibility list for the Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0

A closer look at the package and its contents

All the necessary info you need is provided on the front of the package, such as size, speed, and warranty.


Not much to see on the back, other than the compatibility list.

Front side

Rear side

As we can see the drive is simple and has three colours that break the typical monotony of average USB flash drives. However the DataTraveler Elite is very elegant. It opens using a sliding cover so there isn’t any cap to lose and below is a picture of the opened drive.

Test equipment

For this review I will be using the following system:

  • CPU: Intel i5 750 @ 3.4GHz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD4
  • RAM: 2 x 4GB Corsair Dominator
  • HDD1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (OS)
  • HDD2: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
  • Monitor: Fujitsu Siemens 22”
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional (64x)


Now let’s start the review by testing the performance with the FAT32 file system.... settings

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