A few months ago I took a look at some Kingston USB sticks to see if there was much difference between them. Whilst there was the obvious speed difference between the USB2.0 and USB3.0 sticks, the two USB3.0 sticks had practically no difference between them at all.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that all USB3.0 sticks tend to run at the same speeds, but that isn't true. Different flash memory, different controllers and different software can all have an effect on transfer speeds.

Today I'm looking at two HyperX USB3.0 memory sticks - the HyperX FURY and the HyperX Datatraveler.

HyperX FURY

The HyperX FURY has an aggressive looking design in all black and is listed as having performance of up to 90MB/s read and 30MB/s write. It also comes with a five year warranty.

HyperX DataTraveler

The HyperX DataTraveler has a much brighter design with a nice reflective blue colour, but it doesn't just have great looks. According to its specifications, it can rech speeds of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write!

Strangely, neither of these drives are listed as "USB3.1 Gen1", but just as USB3.0, despite them being the same. This naming convention thing is driving me mad.

Anyway, speed testing!

 

As you can see, both drives greatly outperformed their supposed read rates, the HyperX FURY being 65MB/s faster than rated and the HyperX DataTraveler being 54MB/s faster. Writing was a different story however. Whilst the HyperX FURY was slightly faster than its rating by 3MB/s, the HyperX DataTraveler was 76.6MB/s slower! I tried this test a few times too and still never got higher than 59MB/s.

The question here is whether this is a fault of the drive or the use of a mechanical drive for the testing. Even so however, the DataTraveler is clearly the faster drive, although I would expect that for an extra £15.

Both of these drives are available from our website - you can view the full range of HyperX USB Drives here.

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