Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive Review

What do you get if you cross an SSD with a Flash Drive?

Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive

 

Introduction

Even though Corsair is one of the largest case, power supply, cooling system and peripheral manufacturers in the world, their full company name is still 'Corsair Memory'. A great number of you will be aware of their highly regarded ranges of RAM, such as the Vengeance Pro series, and the Dominator Platinum series. Of course, Corsair are also a huge name in SSD manufacturers, and they currently have seven different ranges of SSDs available. However, to cover all the bases with memory, Corsair also cover the highly competitive flash drive market in a very innovative way. Their Corsair Survivor memory stick is loved by many for its versatility, reliability and near indestructibility, and we think products like this go a long way to show just how innovative Corsair are in this hugely competitive market.

We now have another great example of this innovation with the Corsair Flash voyager GTX; packed with its own SSD controller, we're sure performance is going to be staggering.

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Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive  Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive

Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive  Corsair Voyager GTX Flash Drive

 

Testing

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Conclusion

The Voyager GTX comes in rather minimalistic packaging. We see plastic covering the flash drive itself which attaches it to a piece of card with the usual Corsair branding that we've become so accustomed to seeing. On the reverse of the card, we see a few benchmark figures along with a note about the impressive five year warranty, and a couple of minor usage instructions. We will say that in our tests, we weren't quite able to reproduce exactly what Corsair claimed the drive was capable of, but in different test setups a little difference can be expected.

The drive itself comes in a durable metal case with a metal lid. The older version of the Voyager was entirely rubber, and the newer version certainly seems far more professional. We're a little disappointed that the metal lid comes completely off, as we can see a great number of people losing it, especially if carried around on a key ring. However, the drive does look great, and if you're spending this sort of money on a high end flash drive, we do expect most people will take a little more care over it than usual.

The Corsair Voyager GTX flash drive uses a dedicated SSD grade controller in order to process data at a faster rate. The benefits this gives are certainly evident in the results. The IOPS scores from Anvil show the Voyager GTX to be leagues ahead of any other flash drive we've tested which we'll put down to the controller. This is a clear benefit and shows great innovation from Corsair to do this, and hopefully we'll see more flash drive manufacturers do this in the future.

We are also surprised that in implementing something like this, Corsair have managed to keep the prices low. The Voyager GTX comes in at around the same price as the SanDisk Extreme Pro we tested a few days ago, and although we did see that as a little pricey, we couldn't find anything that even came close to it in terms of performance. However, the Voyager GTX is unlike anything we've ever seen before as far as flash drives go, and comes close to rivalling SSDs even. The write speeds are on the whole a little slower than the SanDisk Extreme Pro, but even so, these speeds are still incredibly fast for a flash drive.

     

Thanks to Corsair for sending in the GTX, you can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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