Even faster than your average HDD

On this review, we are taking a look at the Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2. A USB 3.1 (Gen1) flash drive built for speed, capacity and reliability. It comes with 32-128 GB of capacity capable of reaching 180MB/s read and 50-70MB/s write speeds. Reliability comes with Kingston’s 5 year warranty, plus with a shock and water-resistant casing.

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 we got is the 128GB variant, bearing the part numbers DTEG2/128GB. Certainly not cheap at 75 USD, the DataTraveler Elite G2 is aimed for power users that requires speed and capacity on the go. Learn more from the official product page and get it at Amazon.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Capacity32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Dimensions59.37mm x 18.98mm x 10.8mm
Weight (max.)20g
Storage MediaFlash memory
Operating VoltageDC 5V
Operating Temperature0°C to 60°C
CertificatesCE, FCC
Warranty5-year warranty with free technical support
NoteCompatible with Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7.1 (SP1), Mac OS v. 10.9.x+, Linux v. 2.6.x+, Chrome™ OS
Package ContentsDTEG2/128GB

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:

The packaging is a hybrid blister pack we used to see from Kingston’s smaller devices. I’d like to see a larger 5 year warranty seal though.

There is nothing else bundled inside with of course, the exception of the drive.

DESIGN, LAYOUT AND CONNECTIVITY:

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 features a sleek zinc alloy body with a matching silky black coating. It is die-casted so you wont find any seams to nitpick, adding more allure to the drive’s professional looks.

Weighing in at 20 grams, there is a certain heft to the thumb size DataTraveler Elite G2. One gripe though is the translucent cap – you may only put it back on with the Kingston logo facing the front.

The DataTraveler Elite G2 features a USB 3.1 Gen1 interface. That said, it is basically a USB 3.0 device. Let’s head now onto the benchmarks!

TEST SETUP AND METHODOLOGY:

Our storage device reviews revolves around the use of various storage benchmark tools and real world benchmarks. Our setup fills up the test drive to at least 50% of its capacity. This is done so to negate the FOB (Fresh Out the Box) performance of the drive; ensuring that we are testing the drive near its expected usage. The drive is formatted under NTFS and is attached to its natively supported interface. This is to ensure the system is at its optimal testing state.

TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
PROCESSORIntel Core i5-6600K
MOTHERBOARDASUS Z170-A
CPU COOLERCryorig C1 Top Flow
MEMORY KITCrucial Ballistix Tactical @ 2666MHz 4x4GB Kit
GRAPHICS CARDASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6GB
INTERNAL STORAGE Crucial BX200 480GB
POWER SUPPLYCORSAIR RM850X 850W
DISPLAY27″ DELL U2715H + LG 43UF680T 4K UHD TV
OPERATING SYSTEMMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro

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THROUGHPUT PERFORMANCE:

Throughput performance measured in MB/s is measured with CrystalDiskMark. First up on the test is the Sequential read and write performance, measured with a block size of 1MB and a 1GB transfer size. This test is more in line with large file transfers; similar to watching a movie.

The second one is the Random 4K read and write performance, measured with a random block size of 4KB and a 1GB transfer size. This test is more in line with small file transfers; similar to transferring installation files and reading game data.

Sequential transfers rate is excellent both read and write – able to achieve 250.9 MB/s for the read and 99.6 MB/s for the write. Random 4K performance is decent a 22.51 MB/s for the read while we cannot say the same for the write. This will definitely put a dent on the drive’s performance with smaller file sizes when it comes to writing.

IOPS PERFORMANCE:

Input/Output Operations per Second is is measured with AS SSD. The Random 4K-64Thrd read and write benchmark is used for this test. Performance is measured with a random block size of 4KB, a 1GB transfer size and 64-thread IO requests. This tests the storage medium’s ability to use Native Command Queuing (NCQ) at higher Queue Depth. A Useful metric for server side applications.

IOPS performance shouldn’t be your major concern on any thumb drive but we tested it anyway just in case something’s up. No breath taking results here, let’s carry on.

ACCESS TIME PERFORMANCE:

The read and write latency is measured with AS SSD using a 512KB block size. Access Time is just as important as the throughput and IOPS performance of the drive; allowing us to peak into how fast or slow a storage medium can access a given data. Latency is measured in milliseconds.

Read latency is recorded at 0.466ms, while the write latency is at 4.671ms. This is already a good access time performance for a thumb drive.

REAL WORLD PERFORMANCE:

Our real world performance test consists of 3 file folders containing 6GB worth of text files, images and videos each. The files are copied within the drive using TeraCopy to evaluate the storage medium’s performance. File copy performance is measured in seconds.

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 featured excellent file copy performance for both images and videos, while we can’t say the same for the small files. Although the drive’s performance is excellent for sequential read and write, 4K write performance still matters.

WRAPPING IT UP:

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 with 128GB of flavor is a thumb drive with a $75 MSRP. A drive intended to function with reliability, speed and capacity; and it did not miss the mark.

Performance wise, we are looking at a thumb drive with a strong sequential performance, fit for large files like RAW images, HD or even 4K videos. Build quality on the other hand is also just fitting. We have a zinc alloy body thumb drive with a matching shock and water resistance. Nice features for the expected price.

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 is a proper thumb drive for the power user on the move. A fast and reliable drive able to store most of your requirements wherever you go.

  • GENERAL FILE TRANSFER PERFORMANCE
  • EXCELLENT SEQUENTIAL PERFORMANCE 
  • TOP NOTCH BUILD QUALITY
  • SHOCK AND WATER RESISTANT
  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY
  • 4K WRITE PERFORMANCE
  • ANNOYING CAP

Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 128GB
  • PERFORMANCE
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • FEATURES
  • AESTHETICS
  • VALUE
4.2

Summary

The Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 is a proper thumb drive for the power user on the move. A fast and reliable drive able to store most of your requirements wherever you go.