The testbench was composed from the following hardware:
CPU: Intel I7 Retail @ stock
Motherboard: Foxconn BloodRage with G42 BIOS
RAM: 3x2GB Patriot PVT36G1600LLK 1600MHz
Video: Sparkle GTX 470 with stock and OMNI A.L.C.
Power Supply: Nexus RX-8500 850W modular
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.11 & Patriot TorqX 64GB SSD
Case: Thermaltake Armor+ LCS, stock cooling
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
The Patriot 16GB Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 Flash Drive comes formatted NTFS:
To determine the flash drive read speeds, the HD Tune 4.60 utility was used:
HD Tune File Benchmark 64MB
HD Tune File Benchmark 512MB
Summary Graph (Read Performance)
To measure the real life performance, I have used the Total Commander application to copy to the flash drive and from the flash drive the same file and recorded the transfer speeds, when they have stabilized.
Summary Graph (Real-life performance)