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New Super Talent Flash Drives Use 32 MB Cache

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Super Talent release four new USB 3.0 flash drives, two of which utilizes a 32 MB cache buffer for a nice speed boost.

Tuesday Super Talent said that it began shipments of its new USB 3.0-based Express RAM Cache drives. According to the company, the new line comes packed with a DRAM caching system that will boost small block random performance by up to 300-percent.

Arriving in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities, the two drives measure 87.5 x 25 x 8-mm, uses the obvious SuperSpeed USB interface, and sports a brushed aluminum enclosure. It also claims to offer 10 years of data retention, 32 MB of DRAM cache, and comes with a Turbo Driver that's compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (both 32 and 64-bit).

"No longer are we talking about a 10x performance increase over USB 2, now we are talking about a real world experience that is up to 110x what our customers have experienced before," said Super Talent COO, C.H. Lee. "Adding RAM Cache to our USB 3.0 Express Drive line-up raises the bar we have establish with our first three USB 3.0 products and reiterates our commitment and leadership in the USB 3.0 space."

The 32 GB model will cost $129, whereas the 64 GB version will cost a meatier $209. Super Talent also released two additional drives--the 16 GB USB 3.0 Express Drive for $59, and the 32 GB USB 3.0 Express Drive for $99. All four drives can be purchased online here.

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    czar1020 , September 9, 2010 12:36 AM
    If the speed is there i might grab myself one
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    mianmian , September 9, 2010 12:37 AM
    I think not a big improvement for real use. Benchmark plz.
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    victorintelr , September 9, 2010 12:43 AM
    I could try to get one of those now and be ahead of technology, though I wonder, How many Colleges/universities, non-computer savvy friends, etc. have already a laptop / desktop with USB 3.0. And I rather see benchmarks first that prove the boost of USB 2.0 before spending >129 dollars on an USB...Still capacity is pretty impresive.
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    tipoo , September 9, 2010 1:04 AM
    Interesting...I'd love to see this tested with Readyboost, seems to be a perfect match for it.
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    rand_79 , September 9, 2010 1:27 AM
    too bad windoze wont boot off(install to) a usb drive? or did they fix that?
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    Gin Fushicho , September 9, 2010 1:52 AM
    Yeah, for that price, benchmarks please.
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    eddieroolz , September 9, 2010 2:27 AM
    Good advance in technology. I'll wait until it filters down though.
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    dEAne , September 9, 2010 3:09 AM
    Nice one.
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    Scott2010au , September 9, 2010 9:40 AM
    I'd love to see this tested with Readyboost, seems to be a perfect match for it.
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    whiz , September 9, 2010 12:50 PM
    tipooInteresting...I'd love to see this tested with Readyboost, seems to be a perfect match for it.


    If you're going to shell out $100 for a USB flash drive for READY BOOST, you might as well spend that money and pop in some RAM instead.
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    eccentric909 , September 9, 2010 1:18 PM
    Not much cheaper than a decent SSD (heck, you might even be able to find a SSD cheaper than the 64GB version)... Yeah, they're thumb drives and portable, but I'd rather upgrade my system's "speed" with a SSD, rather than a thumb drive using ready boost.
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    marsax73 , September 9, 2010 1:20 PM
    whizIf you're going to shell out $100 for a USB flash drive for READY BOOST, you might as well spend that money and pop in some RAM instead.


    EXACTLY! 4 gigs of DDR3 memory is going for $100 on Newegg. Besides, do you need anymore than 4-6 gigs of memory at this point?
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    Stifle , September 9, 2010 1:50 PM
    Looks pretty classy. My only reservation is the fact that 2 out of the 3 supertalent products I have owned failed rather quickly... They don't get my vote for reliability/quality
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    Bill_VA1 , September 9, 2010 7:57 PM
    Please test this, along with others like it (i.e. A-DATA AN005-16G-CGY). I'm about to build a killer machine with two SSDs in RAID 0 and this would seem to be ideal for a ReadyBoost drive.
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 9:24 PM
    Good for hosting an OS on?
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    Grr8xtc , September 9, 2010 11:21 PM
    ProDigit80Good for hosting an OS on?


    cant use a usb drive for ready boost if you are using ssd's
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    Grr8xtc , September 9, 2010 11:24 PM
    bill_va1Please test this, along with others like it (i.e. A-DATA AN005-16G-CGY). I'm about to build a killer machine with two SSDs in RAID 0 and this would seem to be ideal for a ReadyBoost drive.


    cant use a usb drive for ready boost if you are using ssd's

    cant you edit posts? quoted the wrong person...
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2010 1:03 AM
    Why all USB stick do not have write protection switch ?