We all know that high capacity hard drives are becoming really available and value SSDs is dropping in price. So you can migrate or grow your gaming library no problem but here at Harbor conducts we’re looking for the next hot thing when it comes to gaming and storage. So today we’re gaming off a USB, this is a 128 Gigabyte Hyperx savage USB Drive with 1st gen USB 3.1 interface it’s Gen one so we are limited to USB 3 port no theoretical maximum speed of five gigabits per second. Don’t get confused by the USB 3.1 gen2 one because you could literally just use this as a USB 3.0 because USB 3.1 gen 1 is a manufacturer’s specifications label and nothing more I’m pretty sure Kingston designed.
This savage for gamers in mind with its bold and angular bread body also keeping a very slim profile which is very important for surrounding us be clearance and for reference here’s another Hyperx drive that is also a hundred twenty eight gigabytes but with a larger profile causing a few issues in the past with blocking some nearby USB ports speed-wise. The HyperX averages between a hard disk and an SSD with very promising reading the write speeds but I am worried about very low 4K speeds but we’ll see how that impacts on performance. So now comes the fun part let’s test this sucker first we need to format the drive to NTFS then install steam on the actual drive and it was actually quite worrying because of the length the installation time.
A speed-up version of that I then transferred some of my current played games onto the HyperX average and luckily the discovery files portion was quick enough but the allocation of the disk space. The rest of the installation was considerably slower than expected with a few weird freezes on steam that luckily resolved by itself. Now that we have some games on the savage let’s play some games are just for reference Iran 3Dmark just in case and noticed no significantly lower score. Next I jumped in to see us go loading into an offline map took 61 seconds on the USB and 55 seconds on my SSD so not a significant difference there however at random times I experienced freezes after doing the buying. Or occasional hiccups during the match’s well gaming offer us be four competitive online may not be the best option. However for games like transistor fortunately the only drawback are the slightly longer loading times into the game but without any sort of freezes and I think maybe that’s because the game is very small without any heavy graphics assets.
So it’s one hundred percent playable no lag or freezes whatsoever squad is also my recent favorite playing online with a 72 player map gave no glitches whatsoever with normal loading times. Now what about larger and more graphically intense games so rise of the Tomb Raider installed fairly quickly actually at two minutes and 21 seconds compared to and this is the and played flawlessly loading times are normal no glitches in game so that’s awesome. This leads us into the conclusion gaming often USB may not be such a consistent experience as you may expect not sure why we experience all the steps of glitches and freezes and CS go. However no freezes or glitches in whatsoever in any of the other games that I played but that is definitely something to keep in mind and also don’t forget that the gaming on such a USB Drive is definitely a luxury considering the price per gigabyte. So if you want maximum speed internal as the is your friend but the reality of having your gaming library on such a tiny USB stick is pretty awesome. Especially if you happen to game on multiple machines all the time with this method not occupying on any of your intern storage I also found a really good use for the drive as a cash dry for video editing. So I can offload those previews that the rendered on to the savage USB without filling up any of the storage on the actual machine and experiencing a zero slowdowns on the USB itself and so the exciting part of this USB advancement is not really USB 3.1 gen2.
Literally just USB 3.0 speeds but when we’re entering USB 3.1 gen2 then we’re going to double the USB 3.1 maximum throughput theoretical throughput so again get the 10 gigabits per second and that’s really exciting for content creators to utilize. You know we’ll use be sticks just like this for consecration on the goal or having to offload some of that data onto a USB stick and not exactly sure if there’s going to be any benefits for gaming however most likely any of those hiccups that I experienced in CSGO. It might potentially be solved with a fast drive and that is all I have to say but have you ever gained on the USB stick.