Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

Real world tests


Benchmarks are great, as they can give a
very good view of how the drive can perform when it’s pushed to the maximum.
Unfortunately they only tell part of the story, the rest you have to find out
when you’re using the drive for everyday tasks.

I’ve therefore decided to perform three
simple tests that almost everyone does, so that I can get a better view of the
performance of the drive.  

For this test I will be moving all the test
files from a RAM disk to the tested USB drive, and vice versa, below you can see
the results.

MP3

I will start my tests by performing a
simple copy of 1.36GB of MP3s. You can see the results for the Corsair Voyager
GS in the graph below.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

The Corsair Voyager GS is the winner when
it comes to read performance, but writing is slow.

Pictures

For the next test I will copy 3377 assorted
picture files with a total size of 2.56GB.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

The same trend continues in this set of
tests and the Corsair Voyager is again the fastest drive when it comes to read
speeds, but falls behind in write performance.

 

Movie

I finished my tests by copying an MKV file
and an SRT file. The two files have a total size of 3.46GB

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

Big files, this is the sweet spot for the
Corsair Voyager GS, as we can see the flash drive didn’t hesitate and gives an
outstanding performance for both read and write speeds.

Small Text files

In one of my previous reviews I was asked by
a user to do a test with proper small files. So I went ahead and put 48128
files in one folder and ran some tests with a few of the latest USB flash
drives. I personally don’t feel that this kind of abuse will happen on daily
basis, but it’s a good way to separate the men from the boys.

First here is a screenshot to give you an
idea of the actual size of all these filesand further below you can view the
results from this test.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

As we can see from the graph in this
extreme test, it shows that almost every flash drive that I have tested doesn’t
like to handle that amount of small files, and the Corsair Voyager is no
exception to this rule.


Compatibility

This is a simple test, in which I will
simply plug the Corsair Voyager GS into various devices, two PCs, a laptop, a
netbook, one mini Hi-Fi, a media player, and two TVs, to check the
compatibility.

Let’s see if the Corsair Voyager GS has any
possible compatibility issues.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

No surprises here, the Corsair Voyager GS
worked fine on all of my test equipment.


Performance on older systems.

For those of you that are still using an
older machine, like I do on daily basis, here I will post the results of the Corsair
Voyager GS when it’s connected to an older PC that has no native Intel USB3
support. My Gigabyte P55A-UD4 motherboard uses an NEC chipset to provide two
USB3 ports, so let’s see how the Corsair Voyager GS performs on this old
system, and maybe you can compare it with the Z77 and see how much performance you
would lose.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

It’s clear that there is a difference in performance;
you will lose close to 50MB/Sec on read speed, but only a few MB on write
speed, with the FAT32 file system. Other than that the performance remains very
good.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

Again read performance is limited by the
NEC chipset, but write speed isn’t affected that much. Again we see that the
write performance is very high for sequential data is, and this could also
explain why the drive was able to give the outstanding results in the MKV test.

To it’s clear that the Corsair Voyager GS
has very good performance on this older system, and in daily use you probably wouldn’t
notice any loss of speed.


Anvils Benchmark (100% incompressible)

Below you will find a graph showing the
performance of the Corsair Voyager GS against all the other USB3 flash drives
that I have tested.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

We can clearly see that Corsair Voyager GS
is a very fast drive, and even with the write speed limited to 70MB/Sec, has no
problem reaching the second place in the chart when it comes to the total score
it achieves.


Conclusion.

Positive:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Outstanding read performance.
  • Scratch resistant
  • Metal chassis
  • Fingerprint resistant

Negative:

  • Slow write performance.

 

Summarize:

Quality is something that we have all come
to expect from Corsair, and the Voyager GS Corsair continues this trend. The
Voyager GS has excellent build quality, with a brushed, and scratched resistant
metal chassis, and that is a good thing to start with. But we need one more
ingredient to complete this recipe, and this is also very important, it’s called
performance.

The Corsair Voyager GS has a very
impressive performance, it can reach read speeds of up to 280MB/Sec, and that
makes it one of the fastest USB flash drives that I have tested so far. But I
personally would like to see a higher write speed. You can’t really say that
70MB/Sec is slow, but equally you can’t say that it is fast. The good point is
that the write speed is outstanding when it comes to writing large files.

Also you have a 5 year warranty, and those
five years should be more than enough to last until you upgrade to the next, faster,
Corsair flash drive.

The final sentence is:

 “Impressive looks, impressive build
quality, with outstanding read speeds"

 

For the excellent build quality and also
for the excellent read performance, I give the Corsair Voyager GS the Myce ‘Excellent’
award.

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review

Corsair Voyager GS USB3 64GB Review