For performance testing we used an AMD Phenom-setup with no native USB3-support. This is the kind of
system that is still very much capable of running any game or task thrown at it, but also a prime
candidate for an USB3 controller card. Benchmarking software was HD Tune.
For comparison data we used the same Verbatim USB3-controller card to test the Western Digital My Book
Essential 3 TB and Samsung M2 500 GB USB3-hard drives we've already reviewed before.
The hard drive inside this particular Verbatim-sample was Hitachi
CinemaStar 5K1000, which is a 5400 RPM storage drive with 8 MB cache and very low power consumption.
Smaller capacity drives have lower platter density than higher capacity ones, and also lower transfer
speeds. This also shows in the benchmark, as the 3 TB HDD inside the WD-drive has significantly higher
minimum transfer speed and also a bit faster average speed. The maximum is higher on the Verbatim, but not
by much. The Samsung M2 uses a 2,5" notebook drive and lags behind by 30 MB/s on average.
The access speeds over USB are never great, but also rarely too important due to the way external
drives are used. Anyway on this area the WD is again fastest with 12,7 ms average access time, and the
Verbatim leaves behind by 7 ms.
Back up-software included
Not the fastest USB3-drive out there
This was the first time we've had a Verbatim-product for a review and it's always interesting to see how
new brands stack against the other ones we've already reviewed. Verbatim does really well, the drive looks
very sleek, is quiet and comes with a controller card. It is not the fastest USB3.0 drive on the market,
but this is at least partially caused by the smaller capacity drive. For someoneone searching for an
USB3-drive and a controller card it's a good purchase.