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Kingston 64GB Data Traveler HyperX 3.0

I recently met up with the Shuttle people regarding CES 2012 and they were kind enough to provide us with not only some info on what is next but also a review sample of Kingston’s new USB 3.0 flash drive – the Data Traveler HyperX 3.0. This is not their first USB 3.0 flash drive but as expected its fast as well as a bit on the big side. According to Kingston the reason for the size is its USB controller.

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 has read speeds of an amazing 225MB/sec and 135MB/sec for writes when using USB 3.0 and 30MB/sec for both read and write operating on a USB 2.0 connection.

In the past we have seen great results with Mushkin flash drives and this is the first Kingston drive we have taken a look at, but we expect to see more or around the same with Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. Let’s take a closer look at this new flash drive.

Product Name: Kingston 64GB DataTraveler HyperX 3.0

Author: Nicolas Villalobos

Provider: Kingston

Price: $149.99 (from newegg.com at time of review)

Capacities:1 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Dimensions: 2.952″ x 0.916″ x 0.626″
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F

Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F
Practical: Big durable casing
Speed: USB 3.0: 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write
USB 2.0: 30 MB/s read and 30MB/s write
8-Channel Architecture Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0 ReadyBoost Support
Warranty: All Kingston USB Drives are backed by a five-year warranty.

It comes in 64gb, 128gb and 256gb capacities. It almost makes me feel like I am purchasing a SSD Drive. Pricing matches as well as specs.

Now, recently I received a Mushkin Ventura Pro 32GB, which performs amazingly fast. The only real Specification differences other than size are that the Mushkin drive  has read speeds of 120MB/sec and 70MB/sec for writes when using USB 3.0 and 30MB/sec for both read and write operating on a USB 2.0 connection. 

Is the Kingston drive really 80%+ faster? Lets take a look.

USB 2.0 Test Comparison between Kingston and Mushkin Drive.

64GB USB2 32GB USB2

On USB 2.0 the read/write speed came in at 29.03/20.37 for the Kingston Drive and 29.10/19.58 for the Mushkin drive, not the 30 we expected, but that is pretty close for both drives.

USB 3.0 Test Comparison between Kingston and Mushkin Drive.

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On USB 3.0 the read/write speed came in at 153.0/114.9 for the Kingston Drive and 132.5/76.18 for the Mushkin drive, which we were very surprised to see. We ran the test 3 times and scores were about the same.

Now some concerns:

1. Both drives became warm to the touch when operating. It was not burning hot but noticeably warm.

2. The Kingston drive did out perform the Mushkin Drive but only by 14% read but killed the drive in writing speeds by 34% But is that enough to want to pay 149.99? The answer is yes if you want blazing fast writing speeds.

I would say this is as close as you can get to having an SSD Drive as a USB without having a bulky enclosure of course.

Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is definitely proof of what USB 3.0 can offer in the flash drive market segment. The drives speeds are amazing. So fast you might as well run your OS off the USB Flash Drive.

Who can truly benefit from USB 3.0 Speeds;

– Graphic Designers

– Animators

– Architects

– IT Professionals

-Or just about anyone who wants incredible speeds, in a solution small enough to fit in your pocket.

Overall this is the fastest USB drive we have seen to date, which is why we are proud to award this drive a 9 out of 10 Score, earning it our InsideIndustryNews Recommended Award.

 

Pros:RECOMMENDED copy

– Blazing fast read and write speeds

– Stylish looking Design

 

Cons:

– Bulky

– Expensive

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