Super Talent 8GB and 32GB Flash Drives - Performance and Final Thoughts

Article Index
Super Talent 8GB and 32GB Flash Drives
32GB Special Limited Ed. Pico Gold
Performance and Final Thoughts

Performance Testing:

We kept things pretty basic for the testing portion of this review.  We ran ATTO, Crystal DiskMark and IOMeter on these drives to see how they compare.  They should be pretty close because they have the same listed specifications.  The results are below, so see for yourself.

 ATTO - Read
ATTO - Read
ATTO - Write
ATTO - Write
   
 ATTO - 8GB
ATTO - 8GB
 ATTO - 32GB
ATTO - 32GB

 

According to the ATTO read test, the 8GB Pico Mini edges out the 32GB Gold-Plated Pico C drive in all of the data sizes.  The write tests favor the 32GB drive once we start writing files larger than 16KB however.  Either way, both drives manage to read faster than 30MB/sec and the 32GB drive manages to write over 20MB/sec.


Crystal DiskMark shows that the 32GB drive is faster reading large files, but the Pico Mini takes a slight lead on smaller files.   In this test, the Pico C 32GB drive actually takes the cake in all of the write tests.

 Crystal - Read
Crystal - Read
 Crystal - Write
Crystal - Write
   
 Crystal - 8GB
Crystal - 8GB
Crystal - 32GB
Crystal - 32GB

 

IOMeter is pretty much split down the middle and it's pretty hard to declare an overall winner.

IOMeter

 

Final Thoughts:

Super Talent is certainly not new to Flash USB drives and the Pico Mini and Pico C Gold are prime examples of what you can do when you refine your products.  The Pico Mini is very, very small and yet offers capacities up to 16GB.  With a retail price of ~$18USD for an 8GB drive, this is one of the most affordable small drives around.  The Pico C Gold takes everything up a level - size, looks, and capacity, but it does so without raising the price/GB of storage very much at all.  The Pico Mini costs  $2.25 / GB and the 32GB gold-plated Pico C will set you back $2.50 / GB.  For better looks, four times the capacity and virtually the same performance, I highly recommend the Pico C Gold.  The only thing that would make this drive better is engraved, stamped or etched branding and capacity information.

Pros:

  • One piece drives with no caps to lose
  • Both are very small 
  • Excellent read and write speeds overall
  • Waterproof and durable
  • Both offer great value

 

Cons:

  • Gold drive scratches up and loses sleekness

  BCCRating

 Top Pick - Gold!

Just like the Pico C Gold, both of these drives score high in the value and performance department and earn our top award.  I'd like to thank Super Talent for sending these drives over for us to take a look at.  If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the forums at the "Comments" link below.