Lexar Tough 128GB Jumpdrive 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, and 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 in the graph below.

Lexar Tough mp3 test from ram to usb

Copying
file from RAM to USB

Lexar Tough mp3 test from usb to ram

Copying
files from USB to RAM

Lexar Tough mp3 graph results

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough mp3 old graph results

Here
are some previous results, which are only for reference purposes.

The write result in this test was a little
slower than what I would have liked, but the read result was very good.

Pictures

For the next test I will copy 3377 assorted
picture files with a total size of 2.56GB, so let’s see how the drive performs.

Lexar Tough pictures test RAM to USB

Copying
files from RAM to USB

Lexar Tough pictures test usb to ram

Copying
files from USB to RAM

Lexar Tough pictures graph result

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough pictures old graph results

Here
are some previous results, which are only for reference purposes.

Moving on to various small and large files
and again the write result is not looking very good. On the other hand, the
read result is very good.

Movie

Before I finish my tests I’ll copy an MKV
file and an SRT file, a very common task that most of us do to transfer movies.
The two files have a total size of 3.46GB

Lexar Tough MKV test RAM to USB

Copying
from RAM to USB

Lexar Tough mkv test usb to ram

Copying
from USB to RAM

 

Lexar Tough mkv graph results

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough mkv graph results

Here
are some previous results, which are only for reference purposes.

Large files is where you can get the
maximum out of the Lexar Jumpdrive Tough, write speed close to 80MB/sec and
read speed at 150MB/sec.

ISO

Closing my four main tests, I will copy an
ISO file with a size of 7927MB, from the RAMDisk to the destination and vice
versa.

Lexar Tough iso test RAM to USB

Copying
from RAM to USB

Lexar Tough iso test usb to ram

Copying
from USB to RAM

Lexar Tough iso graph results

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Once again, we can see that the Lexar
Jumpdrive Tough really likes larger files.

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 a daily
basis, and the result of this test will not have a very big impact on my rating
of the tested drive, but it’s a good way to separate the men from the boys and
fun to do, even if it takes a lot of time.

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

Lexar Tough 128GB Jumpdrive review

Lexar Tough smal text test RAM to USB

Copying
from RAM to USB

Lexar Tough smal text test usb to ram

Copying
from USB to RAM

 

Lexar Tough smal text graph results

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough smal text old graph results

Here
are some previous results, which are only for reference purposes.

We saw from my previous tests that the
Lexar Jumpdrive Tough did not like small files, and in this test, the write
result was disappointing. Taking more than 3000 seconds to write the files to
the flash drive is too long. So if for some reason you are planning on writing
a lot of small files to this drive then you will need to have a lot of
patience.

The read result however was very good.


Anvil’s Benchmark (100% incompressible)

Below you will find a graph showing the
performance of the Lexar C20c against all the other USB3 flash drives that I
have tested. All the drives were connected to the Intel USB3 ports.

Lexar Tough Anvils test

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough Anvils graph results

The
result for the Lexar Tough USB3.1 GEN 1

Lexar Tough old anvils graph results

Here
are some previous results, which are only for reference purposes.

Looking at the result in the Anvil’s Benchmark
we can see that the drive could reach a max read speed of 136MB/Sec and also
64MB/Sec for the write speed. A result that is very good and also close to the
numbers that Lexar shows on their website.


Compatibility with all the equipment that I
used with the drive was without any issues.

Lexar Tough compatibility list

Now let’s close this review…