Super Talent USB3 Express RC8 100GB Flash Drive Review – Windows To Go Tested and Certified

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

Our analysis today will be conducted with our Asus Z77 Premium Test Bench. Clicking on any pictures or benchmarks will bring up a more easily viewable high-resolution image.

In testing, our main goal is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASUS (P8Z77-V Premium), Intel (Core i7-3770K), Crucial (Ballistix), Corsair (H100) and Be Quiet (PSU/Fans) for supporting the build of our Z77 Premium Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for todays analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage.  We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another yet, at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture.  Much of the software is free and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the linked title.

SSD COMPRESSION AND TESTING FLUCTUATIONS

All SSDs (or in this case flash drives) are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. SandForce controlled SSDs and flash drives, as in the Super Talent USB3.0 Express RC8 100GB Flash Drive we are testing today, use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not. This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal DiskMark. The results seem to be lower than the listed specifications.

The results actually present a false portrayal of the drives ability when compared to other drives such as Samsung, Crucial or Intel. It is for this reason that all of our comparison testing is done through PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage HDD Suite simply provides evaluation results based on transfer speeds reached through typical user patterns. Vantage provides a better testing medium, in that, it sees through the typical synthetic benchmarks and provides us with true to life results of the drive.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 5.0.5

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the Super Talent RC8 is capable of TRIM as it is not grayed out, much like AAM.

11 comments

  1. Can I use this to test my HDD?

  2. Now I really need this.

  3. Hi

    Is it me or the Crystal DiskMark compressible results are not right, since the program appears not have finished? (the 4 boxes on the left say ‘Stop’ which means the program is still running)

  4. Great review. This is like reading a very good book. Thanks.

  5. Great review. But I think it would be better if you would compare it with spyrus and kingston workspace and hyperx

  6. Dependability is extremely low. I have rma’d 3 50GB RC8 since sept and have one on the desk right now that ran for a total of 4 days. Dang shame as this is one of the most amazing and fastest thumb drives ever made. SuperTalent support leaves a lot to be desired.
    Ron Burnes

  7. how much does it cossst

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