ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

Real world tests


In this set of tests I will try to emulate
as accurately as possible some real life usage of the drive, and since I don’t
have many other external USB3 2.5” drives to compare it against, I will use my
internal Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD and also the Silicon Power Armor A80
drive as a reference. Note that that the drive is 60% full, and it hasn’t been
defragged. This time I will be storing all my test files on a RAM disk so that
I can get the maximum performance in all my tests.

MP3

I will start my tests by performing a read/write
test of 259 mp3 files with a total size of 1.36GB from the RAM disk to the
destination hard drive, and also from the hard drive to the RAM disk. You can
see the results in the graph below.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

As we can see from the graph the ADATA
DashDrive Elite is a very fast drive for its size.

 

Pictures

Next I will copy 3377 assorted picture
files with a total size of 2.56GB from the RAM disk to the HDD and vice versa.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

I have repeated these tests a few more
times, and the result doesn’t change, so as we can see the drive shows that it
doesn’t like to handle small files, the result is acceptable.

 

Video

I will finish my tests by copying an MKV
file with the SRT file from the RAM disk to the HDD and also from the HDD to
the RAM disk, the total size of the two files is 3.46GB

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

As we can see the ADATA gives a very solid
performance for its size, an very impressive result from a drive that it’s only
8.9mm thick.


Compatibility

This is a simple test, in which I will plug
the ADATA DashDrive Elite into various devices, two PCs, one laptop and one
netbook, my mini Hi-Fi and my media player, and finally into two TVs to check
the compatibility. So let’s see if the ADATA DashDrive Elite works on all these
machines.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

As expected zero compatibility issues for
the ADATA DashDrive Elite.

Now let’s move on to the conclusion of
this review….