Test software for your PassMark USB 3.0 loopback plug
PassMark USB3Test ™
V2.0 (Build 1004)
Latest release date:
14 November 2016
Free with the purchase of a PassMark USB 3.0 loopback plug
(See sales page for USB 3.0 loopback plug pricing details)
Vista, Windows 7, 8 & 10.Linux is not supported.
128MB RAM, 1MB Disk space
USB3Test is an easy to use Windows based application that allows users to quickly check that all the USB ports on their PC are functioning correctly and allows them to determine the maximum speed of these ports (and hence whether they are configured as expected).
USB3Test is designed for use in conjunction with PassMark's USB 3.0 loopback plug and will test USB 3/0 ports at SuperSpeed (up to 5Gb/s) and will test USB 2.0 ports at High-speed (up to 480Mb/s) and Full-speed (up to 12Mb/s) rates.
USB3Test when used together with a USB 3.0 loopback plug has the following features:
- A loopback mode where a user controlled (start/stop) number of data packets may be looped for reliability testing.
- A benchmark mode where the maximum read and write speeds are determined for a user selected port. Ten packets are written out the USB port and ten packets are read from the USB 3.0 loopback plug.
- Selection from a list of USB ports that have PassMark USB 3.0 loopback plugs connected.
- Selection of plug's enumeration speed to test and benchmark USB port at USB3 and USB2 speeds.
- User selectable loopback data of user specified constant data, incrementing sequence data or random data.
- User selectable loopback verification or no verification.
- User selectable detection of physical and link layer transmission errors
- Saving of loopback and benchmark result data to a user specified file.
- The display of port information, such as, SuperSpeed (up to 5 Gb/s) HighSpeed (up to 480 Mb/s) or FullSpeed (up to 12Mb/s).
- The display of loopback results, such as the number of packets looped, number of verification failures and the number of recoverable errors (ie. re-transmission).
- The display of benchmark results, such as the result for each of the twenty packets sent/ received and the overall benchmarked result.
- A comprehensive help file.
The USB3Test utility can only be used with the PassMark USB 3.0 loop back plug.
Testing using the USB 3.0 loopback plug - software comparison
The USB 3.0 loopback plug may be used with either:
USB3Test V1.0 or above. Distributed with the USB 3.0 loopback plug and downloadable (see below).
BurnInTest V8.1 Professional or above.
A comparison of both software applications in respect of USB testing is shown below.
|BurnInTest V7.1 Pro
|SuperSpeed (USB3.0) HighSpeed (USB 2.0) or FullSpeed (USB 1.x) port indication||Yes||Yes|
|USB 3.0 loopback testing||Yes||Yes|
|USB 3.0 Benchmarking||Yes||Yes|
|Supports PassMark USB 3.0 loopback plug||Yes||Yes|
|Supports PassMark USB 2.0 loopback plug||No||Yes|
|Supports simultaneous testing of multiple USB ports||No||Yes|
|Support simultaneous testing of multiple PC components||No (USB only)||Yes|
|Scripting of test runs||No||Yes|
|Logging||Yes. Basic results||Yes. User selectable detail. Real time.|
|Error reporting||Yes. Verification errors, detection of low-level physical layer and link layer transmission errors.||Yes. Greater detail of error type reporting. User definable error classifications and text.|
|User configuration of loopback test data||Yes||No (Random data)|
|Windows 2003 Server, Vista, Window 7, 8 , 10 , 2008 Server support||Yes||Yes|
|Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, Linux, Mac support||No||No|
Screen shot: The main window
The above diagram shows the results display following a successful loopback test.
USB3Test application change history
v2.0.1004 Release date: 14th November 2016
- Disabled U1/U2 sleep modes entry during the test to prevent surge currents needed when power cycling the USB3 PHY transceiver. These surge currents lead to sudden drop in the plug's supply voltage and could result in 8b/10b decoding errors
- Enabled the reporting of 8b/10b physical layer error
v2.0.1003 Release date: 25th October 2016
- Improved error recovery mechanism to self-recover from send and receive failures
v2.0.1002 Release date: 30th August 2016
- Added more details to the test results in loopback and benchmark mode
v2.0.1001 Release date: 22nd August 2016
- Fixed a bug where a loopback failure could lead to failures in subsequent loopback tests
- Fixed a bug where changing connection type to 12MB/s wasn't changing the plug's speed (when plug is connected to USB2 ports)
- Fixed a bug where selecting a plug from the Device List was always forcing the plug to Loopback mode
v2.0.1000 Release date: 17th June 2016
- Enhanced benchmark result by increasing buffer size and queuing up to 64 transfers
- Loopback buffer size has increased from 32K bytes to 64K bytes to improve the loopback performance
- Transfer size has changed from 4M bytes to 2M bytes for bulk endpoints
- Transfer size has changed from fixed 4M bytes to 80*wBytesPerInterval for SuperSpeed, 128*MaximumPacketSize for High-speed and 64*MaximumPacketSize for Full-speed isochronous endpoints
- Isochronous endpoint number has fixed to endpoint No. 3
- Added feature to select the enumeration speed i.e. switching between SuperSpeed(5Gb/s), High-Speed(480Mb/s) and Full-Speed(12Mb/s) is possible via Test application
- Added low-level error reporting feature in Loopback test
- Added firmware version information to the log window
v1.0.1006 Release date: 15th March 2016
- Fixed a synchronisation issue in "read and write" test. Sometimes when running the "read and write" it displays maximum read speed of the previous test
- Data verfication disabled in benchmark mode due to incorrect throughput measurement in "read and write" test
v1..0.1005 Release date: 16th January 2015
- Fixed an enumeration issue reported when using loopback plugs via Texas Instruments TUSB8040A and ASMedia ASM1074 hubs; application was failing to enumerate loopback plugs properly and returning frequent errors during benchmark tests.
v1.0.1004 Release date: 22th November 2013
- Fixed some thread synchronisation issues that could affect the benchmark test. Sometimes when running the "read then write" test it could run similarly to the "read and write" test and the displayed the speed would be half what was expected.
- Fixed a possible crash when the plug was disconnected during the benchmark tests
v1.0.1003 Release date: 17th May 2013
- Changed behaviour so when switching to Bulk mode from Isoc the max burst len value is set back to 16 instead of remaining at 1 (this requires a re-enumeration)
- Fixed a bug that was preventing the benchmark test from running when multiple instances of USB3Test were open
- More logging information has been added when an error occurs
v1.0.1002 Release date: 26th February 2013
- Changed default burst length for bulk endpoint to 16
- Added a short delay when starting/stopping tests so LCD screen operations are not interrupted
- Fixed a bug where the voltage/speed display in USB3Test could stop updating
- Fixed a bug that was causing long lines in the log to overwrite the speed graph instead of being truncated
- Fixed a bug where the configuration dialog wasn't always re-enumerating plugs when required
- Fixed a bug where the configuration dialog was making changes to the current configuration even if cancelled
- Improved stability when running multiples copies of USB3Test, can now check if a plug is already open
- If the currently open USB plug is re-selected in the list it should no longer close, re-enumerate and re-open the connection to the plug
- Fixed a bug that was preventing plugs from being correctly identified and connected to in Windows XP
v1.0.1001 Release date: 18th February 2013
- Changed the way plugs are displayed in the drop down list, now their serial numbers will be displayed
- Changed verbose logging option to be off by default
- Improvements made to stability when running multiple copies of USB3Test at the same time
- Fixed a bug where if benchmark mode was selected before putting the loopback plug into isochronous mode the plug was not correctly set back to loopback mode
- Fixed a program lockup/crash when using the "Reset all" button
- Fixed a bug where "Reset all" left the power LED off
- Fixed a bug where the slider control for loopback load was not updating the displayed value
v1.0.1000 Release Date: 1st February 2013
- Initial release.