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Corsair Flash Voyager GTR 32GB Flash Drive Review

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Extreme Condition Tests

Extreme Condition Tests


Dryer Test


Corsair says that these drives are not only shock resistant but also water resistant so we wanted to put this claim to the test. Our test involves the simple little torture device we call a dryer with an assist by six hard rubber (with magic fingers) dryer balls. In the first run through we load the Flash Drive, six dryer balls and then a full load of wet clothes in on top of it all. Set it for time dry (about an hour) and walk away. If the drive survives this test we know that it can shrug off a fairly hard beating, water and extreme heat.

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When all was said and done the Voyager GTR didn’t even look phased by this test. Heck it came out cleaner then when it went in. Yes, the top popped off and ended up in the front pocket of a sweat shirt, but that simply meant we had one less thing to do before plugging in the drive and checking to make sure it worked. We have no worries about the GTR falling out of a pocket, landing in a puddle of water and dying as this seems to be an extremely durable drive.


Drop Test


To test exactly how rugged this drive was it was dropped from a height of approximately eleven feet. It hit side on and bounced a couple of times (while doing some pretty impressive spins) before coming to a tumbling halt. No major damage was visible on the case and the cap was still firmly attached. The drive worked just as well as it did before the test.
 
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Value

Value


The term “Value” is such an amorphous term that it truly has different meanings for different people. For some a hard drive is only as good as its performance potential, for others it is how quiet or durable it is; for others still it’s how effective it is for its cost. We here at HWC try to provide as many answers as possible for the term “Value”. Hopefully by this point in the review people looking at performance potential will have a fairly good idea of what its Value is. For the “best bang for the buck” crowd we have included a chart below showing how much a give drive costs per GB . No consideration has been made for performance, “durability” or any other extraneous factors; this is just raw performance vs. monetary cost. All prices are based on the lowest price found in our Price Comparison engine at the time of their initial review.

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When it comes to defining what is a good value, the old cost / size is a decent way of doing things. When you look at the Voyager GTR’s price and take in to account that this drive is not only fast but also sports a ton of storage space, it is actually a fairly good value. With that being said you are still going to have to shell out over a hundred bucks for it, which would buy you TEN of the Stro N Go’s. For our needs, 10 flash drive (even it would me more space) would hardly be of any value; whereas on large fast drive like this GTR is perfect.
 
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Conclusion

Conclusion


When we look back on the Corsair Voyager GTR and what it can do, it is next to impossible not to be thoroughly impressed. Not only does it look like a million bucks but it also performs like it is professional athlete being paid a million bucks and can take a beating better than Rocky Marciano’s sparring partner could.

This flash drive is easily one of the fastest if not the fastest thumb drive we have ever used, reviewed or even heard about. Granted, there are probably some extremely rare USB 3.0 drives that have it beat but available on these next-gen drives is next to nil. In both synthetic and real world testing the GTR simply destroyed the competition and even gave our lone USB-equipped solid state drive a run for its money. The fact that you can get all this speed in a package which is only slightly bigger than your average run of the mill flash drive is simply a testament to miniaturization. 32GB sitting in the palm of your hand is also sure to bring the geek in anyone out.

When it comes to the ascetics of the Corsair Voyager GTR we liked it as soon as we saw it but we also understand that beauty is all in the eye of the beholder. However, what really stood out was the fact that the soft rubber exterior is a great protector against literally anything you can throw at it. It really is the Flash Drive equivalent of a suit of amour, one that not only makes this drive virtually impervious to damage but one that looks great while doing it. However, with that said this rubber exterior does come at a price: psychical dimensions. There really is no getting around the fact that the GTR is one BIG flash drive. We may not have been as enthused by its size if Corsair hadn’t included the extension cable, but since they do there really is no reason to not like the rubber cladding surrounding it.

Unfortunately, all this engineering and performance does come with a more than hefty price tag, especially when you consider most people are more than happy to wait a few more seconds for file transfers if need be. Of course, with that being said it is not all that terrible either when you consider its price to GB ration. It really does depend on how YOU define a good value since the GTR may cost more than a cheap, disposable flash drive but it does have amazing performance which is backed up by an incredible 10-year warranty.

To be honest the only regret we have with the Voyager GTR is the fact that it is “only” a USB 2.0 drive. The quad channel architecture which it possesses cries out for a wide and fast bus, and the now somewhat outdated USB 2.0 standard really seems to be holding the GTR back from fully realizing its potential. In the end only you can decide if the GTR is worth the asking price. We personally think its power, durability, size and warranty make it the perfect fit for our needs.

For its innovative use of four channels (and this quad channel controller) we award the Corsair Voyager GTR 32GB our Dam Innovative award and for every other weapon it has in a formidable arsenal, this drive also wins our Dam Good award.

Pros:

- Great Read & Write Speed
- Quad Channel Architecture
- Amazingly durable construction
- Great looks
- Good Cost to Size ratio
- Good accessories list
- TEN year warranty (including free cap replacement)


Cons:

- Cost outlay is steep for a Flash Drive
- USB 2.0 seems to limit the potential of this drive
- May block adjoining USB ports without the included extension cable

 
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