Average Bench: 13% (379th of 639)

Based on 24,008 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 0951 PID 1666 Model: Kingston DataTraveler 3.0

This is one of the Kingston's newest flash drives and yet another drive from Kingston with no claimed read or write speeds on the official documentation, not an encouraging sign (Kingston have since quoted Read/Write speeds of 40/10 MB/s). With a sequential write speed of 9.9 MB/s and a random write of 0.046 MB/s This drive is actually slower at writing than a lot of USB 2.0 drives, it's seriously dog slow. I really don't understand why Kingston have released a flash drive with specs like this but then I guess they didn't write the speed in the specs for a reason! There is no reason to buy this drive, as there are far better USB 3.0 flash drives out there for approximately the same money. Kingston's own DTR30 is a far better drive for an extra five pounds. If you really don't want to spend more than £10 then the Verbatim Store n Go V3 is better for the money. [Jun '13 USBFlashPro]

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Poor: 5%Average: 13% Great: 24%

Terrible average bench

The Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 16GB averaged 87.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 6.66MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 61.1MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 16GB is just 18.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 16GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 9.48MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 0.16MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,008 samples)
Min Avg Max
17.2 Read 61.1 123
2.96 Write 12.6 30.8
1.88 Mixed 12.6 31.8
4.5 SusWrite 9.48 23.2
24% 23.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
1.6 4K Read 6.66 11.2
0 4K Write 0.16 0.8
0 4K Mixed 0.35 1.4
42.1% 2.39 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
7GB free, PID 1666
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 9.8 11 12 8.3 9.1 11 MB/s
Read 113
Write 6.9
Mixed 7
SusWrite 10.1
28% 34.4 MB/s
4K Read 9.7
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
36% 3.23 MB/s
4GB free, PID 1666
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 7.9 6.6 6.6 6.1 6 6 MB/s
Read 79.5
Write 9.3
Mixed 18.5
SusWrite 6.5
27% 28.5 MB/s
4K Read 7.9
4K Write 0.2
4K Mixed 1
70% 3.03 MB/s
9GB free, PID 1666
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 9.9 6.6 8.1 8.1 6.1 7.8 MB/s
Read 39.5
Write 17.5
Mixed 20
SusWrite 7.7
25% 21.2 MB/s
4K Read 6.3
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 1.3
98% 2.83 MB/s
7GB free, PID 1666
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.2 4.7 5.4 4.7 5.5 4.7 MB/s
Read 20.8
Write 5.2
Mixed 11.5
SusWrite 5
12% 10.6 MB/s
4K Read 5.4
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0.9
51% 2.1 MB/s
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 Comments

DT100G3 features a sleek, cost-effective design...

Capacities 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Compliant with USB 3.0 specifications
Dimensions 2.362" x 0.835" x 0.394" (60mm x 21.2mm x10mm)
Five-year warranty, free technical support

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4 months ago.

I wish I check review here before buy Kingston DataTraveler 100G3 Numerous stop/go during transfer.

Comment 

Usability on a Mac is off the cart bad. It's as slow as a regular USB 2 drive or slower. It's nearly impossible to make a bootable Mac Install drive from one. Mount times are very long, like 1 minute. Unmount is just as long. Do not buy this drive.—Sep '14

Comment 

The only thing going for this flash drive is the price. The write speed sucks. I have 2.0 Flash Drives that write faster than this Kingston. I used the freeware chkflsh (recommended) and I got a write speed of 8.38. Kingston should feel ashamed of that performance and calling this a 3.0. Not recommended unless your a buying it to download a file and give it away.—Jan '15


Poor

2 years ago.

very slow - Wish I had checked hear. Bought two for transferring large media files and its painfully slow. Is definitely not a USB 3.0 standard. Terrible DO NOT BUY.


Poor

2 years ago.

The speed/price ratio is pretty good. At this price range, it's full of cheap 2.0 usb drives.

Comment 

Ridiculously slow. So slow I thought it was defective.—Sep '14


Terrible

4 months ago.

Slow slow slow. A lot of stop and go during transfer


Average

7 months ago.

While copying smaller files (like a (15 kb) x 200) pendrive is ultra slow - 0b/s for about 1-2 sec for file. :/


Terrible

7 months ago.

Comment 

Price is good, form factor looks good. Not the fastest but it gets the job done. —Sep '14


Good

2 years ago.

----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 62.683 MB/s Sequential Write : 9.878 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 69.548 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 0.489 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 7.105 MB/s Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.046 MB/s Test : 500 MB ---------------------------------------


Good

17 months ago.

This thing is painfully slow. This is the last time I'm buying anything from Kingston.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Comment 

i bought it... and i'm regretting to get this piece of sh**.....—Sep '14


Excellent

18 months ago.

SAME AS ALL ABOVE, DO NOT BUY THIS


Terrible

10 months ago.

Really friggin terrible. What a waste of money


Terrible

13 months ago.

As others have said, it is so slow that I thought it was broken.


Good

4 years ago.

Scored it 8.6, 0.6 for the speed, 8.0 for the price

Comment 

Purchased one of these because the price was good. It was so slow that I searched to see if others had same problem. Slower than USB 2.0 for writing, somewhat faster for reading but very slow for a USB 3.0 device.—Sep '14


Good

2 years ago.

i don´t understand with kingston sell this piece of garbage.


Poor

4 years ago.

Same as some people here, so slow I thought it was defective. Pity I didn't look it up before I bought.


Excellent

1 month ago.

i never gonna buy a kingston product again!!!!!


Terrible

6 years ago.


Good

6 years ago.

Pretty poor speeds for a USB 3.0 drive ... CrystalDiskMark Benchmark Test Result 62.6/9.9 Sequential read/write speed 7.1/0.046 Random 4k read/write speed.


Average

2 years ago.

Gets the job done for cheap


Terrible

5 months ago.

Looks like there are two versions of the drive older one made in Taiwan and newer one in China and only the one made in Taiwan is good (~105 MB/s steady read testing with Victoria) while the one made in China is pretty abysmal (~36 MB/s steady read), both have the same product code (DT100G3/16GB) and AFAIK only way to identify them is to look at the writing on USB shield and avoid the newer product. Feels like a bait and switch, not cool Kingston...


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