Samsung’s Newest Flash Drives Reviewed

SAMSUNG USB 3.0 32GB FLASH DRIVE

Samsung made a special point of ensuring product durability when they created this flash drive and its hard metal exterior, accompanied by its thick metal loop, make it ideal to throw on a key chain.

Samsung 32GB Flash Drive

A quick look at the back further displays the quality of construction, along with the capacity of 32GB.

Samsung USB Flash Drive Back

Listed transfer speed specs for this drive is 130MB/s and we are aware that this pertains to the drives read performance.  Crystal DiskMark definitely surprised us…

Samsung 32GB Flash Drive Crystal DiskMark

Not only did the read speed exceed listed specs, but also, write transfer speeds of 91MB/s with 100% compressable data samples is excellent.  Let’s see how this appears testing with Samsung Magician software:

Samsung 32GB Flash Drive Samsung Magician Performance

Sequential read speeds appear a bit lower, alothouigh still above listed specs, and sequential writes are higher yet.

SAMSUNG USB 3.0 32GB FIT FLASH DRIVE

As much as Samsung might not like us mentioning this, their FIT is very similar to the SanDisk version we have been using for a few years now.  Its small size and decent capacity is great to store in camera bags. SanDisk’s version doesn’t compare to the Samsung FIT’s 130MB/s transfer speeds however.

Samsung USB3 FIT Flash Drive 2

Although the Fit’s read performance remains strong, we can see that write transfer speeds drop significantly with this version when testing with incompressible media:

Samsung 32GB FIT Flash Drive Crystal DiskMark

Taking a look at the Samsung Magician results though, we see similar string performance when testing in sequential data samples:

Samsung 32GB Flash Drive FIT Samsung Magician Performance

All in all, we feel that Samsung has made some wise decisions in these flash drive introductions.  As much as we can say of their performance and value, Samsung has added to that with their 5-Proof technology and 5 year warranty.

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Review Overview

Product Build
Product Durability (5-Proof Tech)
Performance
Pricing and Availability
Warranty

Speed, value and Warranty

Samsung's newest line of USB 3.0 flash drives appear to be a very strong contender in the flash drive storage segment.

User Rating: 2.06 ( 13 votes)

6 comments

  1. Looks nice, will get one! Some spell/format checking needed at section MSRP.

  2. I just a 32GB PQI Tiffy (Sold as Tiffany when reviewed by Tweaktown back in 2013) for $8.99 with a lifetime (FWTW) warranty and it is just as shiny. It has a IS903 controller and Samsung DDR Toggle NAND. Here are my readings:

    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 218.039 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 82.778 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 8.600 MB/s [ 2099.6 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.186 MB/s [ 45.4 IOPS]
    Sequential Read (T= 1) : 208.644 MB/s
    Sequential Write (T= 1) : 51.385 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 6.781 MB/s [ 1655.5 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.146 MB/s [ 35.6 IOPS]
    OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10240] (x64)
    PQI Tiffy 9-26-15

    So these things coming out over two years later do not impress.

  3. Concept is first-class however relies upon that which manufacturer’s product you’re going to reward. My experience about SD Memory Card is superb and their Flash drives are first-rate with much less high-priced package deal.

  4. You test the regular USB drive with “100% compressible data” and get 91.67MB/s write, while you test the Fit USB with “INcompressible media” and get 36.25MB/s write speed. How is that a fair comparison?

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