Performance TEST RES ULTS
These drives are tough, but are they fast?
Along with rugged design, you’ll still want good performance for backing up your important files. The Freecom Tough Drive and G-Tech G-Drive ev ATC both use fast, 7200rpm drives with a USB 3.0 interface, and manage a dead-heat on performance. When backing up smaller files, they have average write and read speeds of 120MB/sec and 140MB/sec respectively. They were head-tohead with the BlackMagic video test too, both peaking at 450MB/sec and 710MB/sec for write and read.
The StoreJet 100 produced write and read speeds of 92.6MB/sec and 131.6MB/sec with smaller files, while the MiniStation Extreme dropped to 66.7MB/sec and 113.6MB/sec. However, both drives picked up on the BlackMagic video test, and managed to match the scores of the Freecom and G-Tech drives.
But, the standout here is LaCie’s Rugged RAID. Its RAID 0 option and Thunderbolt interface achieved write and read scores of 200MB/sec and 227.3Mb/sec with smaller files, although it was in line with its nonRAID rivals for the BlackMagic test.