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Kingston launches USB 3 SSD

Kingston launches USB 3 SSD

The HyperX MAX 3.0 range promises speeds of up to 195MB/s on a USB 3 connection.

Memory giant Kingston has announced its latest SSD, and in an departure from the norm it's a USB 3-powered external device.

The HyperX MAX 3.0 features a 2.5in SSD in an aluminium casing, designed for carrying around large quantities of data without having to worry about impact damage, and its USB 3 connection is claimed to keeps things ticking over quite nicely.

According to the company's own figures, the drives reads at a speed of up to 195MB/s and writes at up to 160MB/s when connected via a USB 3 port. If you hook the SSD up to a USB 2 port, the device will still work - but you won't get anywhere near the full speed of the device.

As an example of the real-world improvement offered by the USB 3 interface, Kingston carried out internal testing which showed that a 10GB file copied to the HyperX MAX in 1 minute 12 seconds over USB 3 while taking almost 6 minutes over USB 2.

The HyperX MAX 3.0 series will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities - but the pricing means that they're a significant step above your average flash memory drive. The bottom-end model will retail in the US at $222, the 128GB at $365, and the top-end 256GB at a massive $746 - that's around £142, £233, and £477 respectively.

Sadly, Kingston has been less forthcoming on official UK pricing - but expect them to fetch a pretty penny when they land this side of the pond.

Do you think that this sort of device is a good idea, or do SSDs need to drop in price massively before they can be justifiable as a portable storage device? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Valinor 26th November 2010, 18:50 Quote
Yeah, slightly too much to spend on something which I'm meant to carry round in what is bound to be an unsecured manner.

Still, nice idea though. Wonder if they will make a "tough" version?
Ph4ZeD 26th November 2010, 19:23 Quote
Seems like a good idea but those prices are way inflated over even top spec SSDs.
mrbens 26th November 2010, 20:54 Quote
I hope these can be booted off so you could carry your installation of Windows around with you and use it on any USB3 PC or laptop wherever you are. May be useful in a few years time when USB3 is everywhere.

BTW you wrote: an departure
jamesislush 26th November 2010, 21:07 Quote
What a waste of money. Yeah, it's nice, but I don't see how you can justify that price for a device that will nearly always be used for just carrying aroung data. Understandable paying huge prices for SATA 3 SSD's which most people are going to use as a primary disk to install the OS on, but for just carrying data what's the point?
McSteel 26th November 2010, 23:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbens
I hope these can be booted off so you could carry your installation of Windows around with you and use it on any USB3 PC or laptop wherever you are. May be useful in a few years time when USB3 is everywhere.

BTW you wrote: an departure

And what a nice OS it would be, having drivers installed in it for 200 different pieces of hardware...
Gradius 27th November 2010, 12:44 Quote
Super expensive, BIG no thanks!
memeroot 27th November 2010, 17:40 Quote
if only because its safer than a HD then it could be worth it to some people

hot booting sounds great also :-)
nemo 28th November 2010, 17:47 Quote
The 64gb one is too small, the others are too expensive. No thanks
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