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Adata 8GB USB 3.0 High Speed Flash Drive -£9.98 *Collect Instore* @ Saver Store

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This seems not bad price for an 8GB USB *3.0* flash drive. They are claiming read speeds up to 68 MB/sec and write speeds of 30 MB/sec. Looking closer at the spec it might be more like 52 MB/se…
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6y, 4d agoFound 6 years, 4 days ago
This seems not bad price for an 8GB USB *3.0* flash drive.

They are claiming read speeds up to 68 MB/sec and write speeds of 30 MB/sec. Looking closer at the spec it might be more like 52 MB/sec read 11 MB/sec write for uncached access.

Still, pretty nippy if you will read from it mostly.
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#1
Nice price shame its so long
#2

Fire up the Power of USB 3.0
The S102 has read speeds of up to 68 MB per second, and write speeds of up to 30MB, which is much more efficient than traditional USB 2.0 speeds. With nearly twice the read performance, you will ride the cutting-edge technology in all data transfer applications.
Note: For built-in USB 3.0 slots, the actual transmission speed will vary according to the platform, software, and technical differences. (Test results shown are based on a 32 GB product)

Data transmission
Read speed 52 MB/s
Write speed 11 MB/s

so are they basically saying, buy this and you might srtike lucky and get 30mb/s

- if your pc spec is powerful enough ?
or
- what ?
#3
USB 2 is capped by 35Mb/sec. Only way you can get 52MB/sec is if you have single large file on this drive. Multiple files would probably bring read speed to a crawl.

I would not pay any attention to UBS 3 interface. If this drive can deliver 30MB/sec read this is an excellent buy. My high end OCZ key does not reach 30MB, and I paid much more for it.
Hot deal.
#4
Personally I'd prefer a better-known make that can handle 30MB/s speeds over USB2 - none of my machines have USB3, nor will they for some time to come.
#5
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.
#6
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


what about the am3 boards that are already usb3 compatible? how does it work?
#7
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


what about the am3 boards that are already usb3 compatible? how does it work?


Currently they use 3rd party controller chips, so it's tends to get saved for mid/high end boards. When it becomes a part of the native chipset it will end up on all boards.
#8
GAVINLEWISHUKD
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


what about the am3 boards that are already usb3 compatible? how does it work?


Currently they use 3rd party controller chips, so it's tends to get saved for mid/high end boards. When it becomes a part of the native chipset it will end up on all boards.


I see what you mean now, ta.

I'm wondering whether it's worth spending a bit extra for an am3 board with usb3. still not sure. could always change the board later on I suppose.
#9
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


what about the am3 boards that are already usb3 compatible? how does it work?


Currently they use 3rd party controller chips, so it's tends to get saved for mid/high end boards. When it becomes a part of the native chipset it will end up on all boards.


I see what you mean now, ta.

I'm wondering whether it's worth spending a bit extra for an am3 board with usb3. still not sure. could always change the board later on I suppose.



Well I wouldn't buy a AM3 board at the moment as AM3+ boards will be available very soon that will accept Athlon II, Phenom II and the new Bulldozer processors. Alternatively you will be looking at a FM1 board for the new Llano APU or fusion processor as AMD like to call it.
#10
MrHonky
They are claiming read speeds up to 68 MB/sec and write speeds of 30 MB/sec.

That is for the whole range of this model and the 16 and 32GB versions have faster writes but this is rated for only 11MB writes so a bit unbalanced in performance terms.
#11
GAVINLEWISHUKD
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
zorbathegeek
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


what about the am3 boards that are already usb3 compatible? how does it work?


Currently they use 3rd party controller chips, so it's tends to get saved for mid/high end boards. When it becomes a part of the native chipset it will end up on all boards.


I see what you mean now, ta.

I'm wondering whether it's worth spending a bit extra for an am3 board with usb3. still not sure. could always change the board later on I suppose.



Well I wouldn't buy a AM3 board at the moment as AM3+ boards will be available very soon that will accept Athlon II, Phenom II and the new Bulldozer processors. Alternatively you will be looking at a FM1 board for the new Llano APU or fusion processor as AMD like to call it.


Righty ho. I'll hang on then. Not built one in years, i can wait!
#12
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yes not a huge amount of support in mainstream markets yet for USB3, but this will all change as it gets integrated into the chipsets and it looks like it will be AMD first with it's Hudson D-3 & M-3 in the next few months. Will be sticking with my USB2 sticks for now.


Not sure I follow your logic there. If you mean you'll stick with USB 2.0 sticks you've already got fine, but for anyone who needs a new stick, surely it makes sense to get one that's USB 3 ready (at least if like this one they're at a similar price to USB 2 sticks).

For what it's worth, I did need a new 8GB stick so I bought one of these (after a techie friend of mine mentioned that even running on USB 2 the USB 3 stick should be faster than a USB 2 stick). I've just done a comparison with my Kingston DataTraveler G3 4GB USB 2 stick by downloading a 1.13GB folder of photos from my 2003 vintage USB 2 desktop.

The Adata took 3 mins 56 seconds

The Kingston took 8 mins 17 seconds.

Not perhaps the most vigourous or scientific test but it seems to show a pretty clear advantage for the USB 3 ready stick.



Edited By: CannyJack on Apr 09, 2011 05:36: Improved clarity
#13
I expect USB 2 sticks to get cheaper - and then disappear - as USB 3 devices come in. Although, lord knows, you can still find USB 1.1 devices on sale in bad stores - admittedly, rarely memory.

In this case, however, I'm wondering whether "USB 3 ready" and "compatible with USB 3 and USB 2 ports" means that it is, in fact, a USB 2 memory stick that happens to have the text "USB 3" printed on the side.

It looks to me like someone trying to avoid making the specific definite statement that would be a lie. It may not be that, but it looks like that.

The test might be that Microsoft Windows would display a message, "This device will work faster in a USB 3 port", like it does for a USB 2 device in a USB 1.1 port, even (I think) if you don't -have- a USB 2 port for it to be faster in. Or in this case, don't have a USB 3 port. I haven't seen that yet.

It may be actually still a fairly good thumbdrive (if you have a long thumb), and still not quite what you think.

Then again, it also may only store the last 1 GB of data stored on it and flush the rest whilst -pretending- to store it. There are such things. Trust-but-verify.
#14
rjacarnegie
I expect USB 2 sticks to get cheaper - and then disappear - as USB 3 devices come in. Although, lord knows, you can still find USB 1.1 devices on sale in bad stores - admittedly, rarely memory.

In this case, however, I'm wondering whether "USB 3 ready" and "compatible with USB 3 and USB 2 ports" means that it is, in fact, a USB 2 memory stick that happens to have the text "USB 3" printed on the side.

It looks to me like someone trying to avoid making the specific definite statement that would be a lie. It may not be that, but it looks like that.

The test might be that Microsoft Windows would display a message, "This device will work faster in a USB 3 port", like it does for a USB 2 device in a USB 1.1 port, even (I think) if you don't -have- a USB 2 port for it to be faster in. Or in this case, don't have a USB 3 port. I haven't seen that yet.

It may be actually still a fairly good thumbdrive (if you have a long thumb), and still not quite what you think.

Then again, it also may only store the last 1 GB of data stored on it and flush the rest whilst -pretending- to store it. There are such things. Trust-but-verify.



I've got one of these and it is very definitely USB 3 and a lot faster than USB 2 (see my previous post for a time comparison).


As for
USB Ready
I used that term in my previous post to reflect that fact that most of us don't yet have USB 3 equiped computers. USB 3 will become more widespread so it makes sense when buying a new USB stick to get a USB 3 stick where they are available in the same price bracket as similar sized USB 2 sticks.

Looking back at the posted deal I couldn't see USB Ready used on the website..

As for USB 2 sticks getting much cheaper, I'm doubt whether the prices will fall much further. I think they'll just disappear as USB 3 becomes more common.

"Trust but verify". See the test I've already posted. That involved more than 1GB of data and subsequent use of the stick hasn't deleted anything.
#15
rjacarnegie
I expect USB 2 sticks to get cheaper - and then disappear - as USB 3 devices come in. Although, lord knows, you can still find USB 1.1 devices on sale in bad stores - admittedly, rarely memory.

In this case, however, I'm wondering whether "USB 3 ready" and "compatible with USB 3 and USB 2 ports" means that it is, in fact, a USB 2 memory stick that happens to have the text "USB 3" printed on the side.

It looks to me like someone trying to avoid making the specific definite statement that would be a lie. It may not be that, but it looks like that.

The test might be that Microsoft Windows would display a message, "This device will work faster in a USB 3 port", like it does for a USB 2 device in a USB 1.1 port, even (I think) if you don't -have- a USB 2 port for it to be faster in. Or in this case, don't have a USB 3 port. I haven't seen that yet.

It may be actually still a fairly good thumbdrive (if you have a long thumb), and still not quite what you think.

Then again, it also may only store the last 1 GB of data stored on it and flush the rest whilst -pretending- to store it. There are such things. Trust-but-verify.

huh? scaremongering or random?
adata are huge memory producers/sellers
savastore is a large established company.

now you are saying they might be performing some underhanded fraud with fake capacities and stickering? get real.


cannyjack,
the speed test doesn't really show anything s both times were painfully slow which is to be expected from a large amount of small files.
for better comparison with other drives you should test with h2testw or crystaldisk or something to find max/average speeds.


Edited By: brilly on May 21, 2011 07:48
#16
brilly


cannyjack,
the speed test doesn't really show anything s both times were painfully slow which is to be expected from a large amount of small files.
for better comparison with other drives you should test with h2testw or crystaldisk or something to find max/average speeds.



Hi Brilly,

I realised that my test doesn't show a lot (hence my comments), but surely the fact that the ADATA USB 3 drive downloaded the same data in less than half the time the USB 2 DataTraveler took is at least a reasonable indication that the ADATA USB 3 drive is substantially faster?

Grateful for the advice about h2testW or crystaldisk but what are they and how would one go about getting them? Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide. - CannyJack
#17
rjacarnegie


It may be actually still a fairly good thumbdrive (if you have a long thumb)...


Actually the fact that the ADATA is longer than most Flash (or Thumb) Drives has come in very handy. When used in a rear mounted USB slot surrounded by other connectors, the extra length and strong, slightly textured aluminium case mean that it is very easy to extract. Some of my other drives can be a real nightmare!
#18
CannyJack
brilly


cannyjack,
the speed test doesn't really show anything s both times were painfully slow which is to be expected from a large amount of small files.
for better comparison with other drives you should test with h2testw or crystaldisk or something to find max/average speeds.



Hi Brilly,

I realised that my test doesn't show a lot (hence my comments), but surely the fact that the ADATA USB 3 drive downloaded the same data in less than half the time the USB 2 DataTraveler took is at least a reasonable indication that the ADATA USB 3 drive is substantially faster?

Grateful for the advice about h2testW or crystaldisk but what are they and how would one go about getting them? Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide. - CannyJack

yeah its shows the usb3 drive was faster than that usb2 drive but as there is massive variation in speeds of drives it may still be slow.

http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/h2testw-14-gold-standard-in-detecting-usb-counterfeit-drives/
for the h2testw, search page for 'direct download' and its there near the bottom.

crystaldisk erm here http://en.sourceforge.jp/projects/crystaldiskmark/wiki/FrontPage

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