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CES 2013: Corsair’s Voyager GT Turbo is Native USB 3.0 and Crazy Fast

Posted on January 11, 2013 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
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Earlier in the week, I talked a bit about Kingston’s “gen 3″ DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive, noting that it’s quite a bit faster than the previous-gen in the read MB/s department. Little did I realize, I had a press release sitting in my packed inbox from Corsair, touting its “native USB 3.0″ Voyager GT Turbo. Boy, do I regret missing this little gem until now, because it’s a beast where flash drives are concerned.

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Because Corsair was able to introduce a native USB 3.0 controller inside of the flash drive, the bottleneck introduced with a USB 3.0-to-SATA converter has been avoided. This design allows the Voyager GT Turbo to reach speeds of up to 260MB/s read and 235MB/s writes. We’re talking SATA 3Gbit/s SSD-level performance here from a drive no larger than previous generation thumb drives. We’ve seen flash drives this fast before, but nothing close to this convenient form-factor.

With this drive announcement comes a special treat: its pricing (a blessing around CES time). Corsair will be charging a bit of a premium on its Voyager GT Turbo – no doubt due to what I’m sure is a more expensive controller – pricing its 32GB model at $49.99, the 64GB at $89.99 and the top-end 128GB at $179.99. All drives carry a five-year warranty. Want one? You’ll have to wait about a month. Given this performance, it looks to be worth the wait.


  • http://twitter.com/TheFocusElf The Focus Elf

    That is such a sleek well done design. I’ve had these Kingston sticks for forever. I guess that is somewhat a testament to their durability? The definitely need replacing though. I don’t know if I saw a post here or elsewhere about the USB 3.0 standards being significantly improved in the coming year to compete with other tech. I’d hate to buy a thumb and then have the thumb upgraded to a new standard, I get beat up like that often enough with Apple products! =]

  • http://techgage.com/ Jamie Fletcher

    I need a new USB flash drive… this may very well fill that need. The price premium seems worth it, at least to me. It’ll make installing OS distros significantly faster.

  • http://techgage.com/ Brett Thomas

    This is definitely something I’d consider when purchasing my next flash drive…the price is right on target for what I’d be willing to pay for those speeds…which is nice! It’s not breaking any huge “new” ground, and that’s fine, but it’s the first point that you can get that speed in that package at that price…which is really when I start to sit up and take note.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      I totally agree. I copy things to a thumb drive for family members often, so to be able to copy to a thumb drive that’s at least 2x as fast is quite nice. Of course, you have to realize that unless you’re copying -from- an SSD, you could probably do with a more modest USB 3.0 drive since any mechanical drive would become a bottleneck well before the drive’s peak.

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