Saturday, April 2, 2011

Flash Drives - Orico USB 3.0 Flash Drive Delivers SSD Like Performance, Exceeds 160MB/s Barrier

The advent of USB 3.0 has allowed peripheral manufacturers to reach some impressive transfer rates and Orico is taking full advantage of this technology in its latest series of flash drives, as these are able to reach read speeds in excess of 160MB/s, which makes this drive faster than some entry-level SSDs.


Not so well-known outside of Asia, Orico specializes in the manufacturing of laptops, desktops, computer peripherals and external storage solutions.

Its latest creation is called the UD3 and the company states this is the fastest solution of its type launched until now, and we tend to agree with that statement since this is the first time that we see this kind of performance from a USB flash drive.

According to the CrystalDiskMark images released by Orico, the UD3 is capable of reaching sequential read speeds of 163MB/z while its sequential write speed is rated at 150MB/s.


Furthermore, ATTO Disk Benchmark also seems to support these figures as the application reports that Orico's USB 3.0 solution can reach 164MB/s and 142MB/s read and write speeds, respectively.

The transfer rates drop when smaller block sizes are used, but the UD3 still manages to achieve a more than respectable 17MB/s read and 19MB/s write speeds when 4K block are used.

Although the performances are more than impressive, it's important to note that we don't know how the flash drive will perform after it has been used for a prolonged period of time, as it all depends on the NAND controller used by Orico.

The UD3 is housed by an aluminum enclosure which is available in various colors and its storage capacity ranges from 8GB to 128GB.

No details regarding pricing are available at this moment, but the UD3 flash drive isn't expected to make its way out of Asia anytime soon.

Kingston Digital 32 GB Hi-speed 3.0 Datatraveler Flash Drive DTU30/32 GB, White and Gray
Super Talent 32 GB USB 3.0 Express Drive ST3U32EDK
ADATA S102 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive AS102-32G-CGY (Titanium Grey)

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