As some that venture into our amazing forums may be aware, I kicked off an experiment last month where I asked gerbils to nominate and then vote for something that I could review. I was open to nearly any suggestion, but I put a $100 cap on the expense involved to keep things reasonable.
I got some great suggestions and narrowed them down to seven options that I put in a poll. After a week of voting, we had our winner. It turned out that I’d signed myself up for a portable NAND grudge match. After stewing on exactly when that meant for a few weeks, I finally pulled the trigger on our contestants. Behold!
Here’s a list of what you’re looking at:
- ORICO 10-port USB 3.0 hub (plenty of room for everyone below)
- PNY Turbo 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive
- Patriot 64 GB Supersonic Rage Series USB 3.0 flash drive
- Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X1 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive
- SanDisk Ultra CZ48 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive
- Kingston Digital 64 GB 100 G3 USB 3.0 DataTraveler (too cool to be just a flash drive, I guess)
- Intel Optane Memory M10 16 GB
- ORICO Transparent NVMe M.2 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2 enclosure
The total for all the contenders ran past my $100 limit, but I just couldn’t shake the idea of portable Optane out of my mind. So, I cashed in my precious Amazon bucks and added the Optane drive and NVMe enclosure to my cart as well. I’ve wanted to try one of the ORICO transparent enclosures for a while anyway (yes, it’s silly, but I think they look cool).
Joining the newly bought hardware are some drives I had laying around that I thought would make interesting competition (or at least a good frame of reference). I figure turning a retired SSD into an external drive by way of an enclosure or adapter that costs about the same as a 64 GB flash drive is worth a closer look. Check it out the scraps below.
- ORICO external mSATA UASP SSD enclosure
- Kingston Digital 60 GB mS200 mSATA SSD (best I could do was link to the 120 GB drive)
- StarTech SATA to USB 3.1 UASP hard drive adapter
- Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
Now that I have all the pieces of the puzzle, I can finalize my plan for testing. I’m not going to predict how long this project will take but look for the results of what I come up with down the road. Oh, and don’t be shy with your suggestions.