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#1 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:57 PM

USB drives are one of those things have a certain amount of commoditization to them now, most of us have several, some that we use and others that are long forgotten in desk drawers. But let's be clear about those USB drives and the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB drive. The latter is not a commodity, it's a high performance USB drive that acts more like a portable SSD than those sluggish USB drives of old. The HyperX 3.0 is even faster than Kingston's previous generation USB 3.0 drives; thanks to eight-channel architecture the HyperX can pump out transfer rates of up to 255 MB/s read and 135 MB/s write.

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#2 ChrisMcPole

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:51 PM

The best usb drive on the planet?

#3 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:00 PM

Well best thumbdrive we have reviewed so far ;)

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:21 PM

Well best thumbdrive we have reviewed so far ;)


Certainly. It's funny, other companies have recently released PR on fastest ever USB drives, but they're all four-channel. We'll see...consider USB 3.0 drives in the performance category part of SR's directive now to cover and review with vigor :)

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:15 PM

What kind of controller do these thumb drives have?

Are they designed like SSDs or something completely different? Any onboard RAM?

It's really cool seeing such high speeds from small/mobile drives. Finally moving on from the days of USB 2.0.

$280 for 128 GB is still a bit too expensive for my taste :)

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 06:00 PM

What kind of controller do these thumb drives have?

Are they designed like SSDs or something completely different? Any onboard RAM?

It's really cool seeing such high speeds from small/mobile drives. Finally moving on from the days of USB 2.0.

$280 for 128 GB is still a bit too expensive for my taste :)

Yeah, it is very cool to see the speeds of these little things.

I wonder if that price includes a free replacement for lost drives? :D Even if it is not meant for typical usb flash drive "duties", it is still pretty small...

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#7 Brian

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:12 AM

What kind of controller do these thumb drives have?

Are they designed like SSDs or something completely different? Any onboard RAM?

It's really cool seeing such high speeds from small/mobile drives. Finally moving on from the days of USB 2.0.

$280 for 128 GB is still a bit too expensive for my taste :)


Not sure, that kind of info is readily available. Probably not any or much onboard RAM. We'll ask and see if Kingston will tell us.

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#8 AFQ

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:41 PM

I am sorry I've to bump up an old thread.

I've a little question, hat exactly do you mean by 8 channel architecture that is used in this drive? Please explain it a bit.

#9 Brian

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:42 PM

Think of it similarly to the number of threads the processor can handle at once. 4 vs 8 is a big difference.

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