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Kingston Launches HyperX External USB 3.0 SSDs

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This SSD goes to SuperSpeed.

If you're packing a USB 3.0 PC, then you likely have the need for speed. SSDs are clearly on our list of things that make our computers go faster, but those are already sitting happily in our internal SATA interfaces.

Kingston has a solution for those wanting to make their USB 3.0 fly, and that is with the just-made-official HyperX MAX external SSD. We first laid eyes on this product in its early stages back in June of this year during our tour of the Kingston factory, but now the product is finished and ready to ship in December.

The HyperX MAX 3.0 has a read speed of up to 195MB/sec., and a write speed of up to 160MB/sec., when paired with a USB 3.0 compatible device. It is also fully compatible with USB 2.0 devices, but the speed defaults back to USB 2.0 capability.

During Kingston's internal testing, a 10GB movie file was transferred in 1 minute, 12 seconds to the HyperX MAX 3.0 from a USB 3.0 system. On a USB 2.0 port on the same system, however, the transfer time increased to 5 minutes, 52 seconds.

HyperX MAX 3.0 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities at $222, $365, and $743, respectively.

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    Anonymous , November 25, 2010 11:30 PM
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    why so expensive
    Why so serious?
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    amk09 , November 25, 2010 11:17 PM
    why so expensive :( 
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    Anonymous , November 25, 2010 11:30 PM
    Quote:
    why so expensive
    Why so serious?
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    apache_lives , November 25, 2010 11:54 PM
    hyper(e)X(pensive) is true, for a device you can just loose or drop, not at that price no thankyou
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    kscr7 , November 26, 2010 12:24 AM
    omg
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    Ragnar-Kon , November 26, 2010 1:04 AM
    $600 for the top end model I can see. I can even see sort-of-kind-of see $650 since it is one of the first USB 3.0 SSD external-only drives, and you gotta add on the Kingston HyperX tax anyway. But $743? Really?

    I think I'll just stick with my old-fashion spinning hard disks for now.
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    dEAne , November 26, 2010 1:30 AM
    not bad but expensive though
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    beans4you , November 26, 2010 1:31 AM
    SICK! lets take advantage of this 3.0 already!
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    amstech , November 26, 2010 1:43 AM
    Why so expensive?
    Cause they are FAST. Real fast.
    I have an OCZ Agility 2 and it was worth every penny.

    WoW loads in seconds.
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    lotri , November 26, 2010 2:14 AM
    They're also brand-new. Price will drop over time, of course.
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    rohitbaran , November 26, 2010 2:45 AM
    lotriThey're also brand-new. Price will drop over time, of course.

    As if it has dropped on other SSDs.
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    maximus20895 , November 26, 2010 3:14 AM
    Recently, I read that in 2007 a 128GB SSD was around $4,500...
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    JOSHSKORN , November 26, 2010 4:05 AM
    Offer that same product with 8 times the capacity of the 256 (2TB) at $350 and you have yourselves a new customer. I guess I'll be waiting until 2013 for one of these. Maybe they'll have a USB 4.0 by then...just maybe. I haven't checked the roadmap, yet.
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    alyoshka , November 26, 2010 6:41 AM
    Nice.... will wait for the prices to drop...... if it can be stripped and used as a sataII or sata III why not.....
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    fancarolina , November 26, 2010 6:41 AM
    Why would someone buy this you could buy an external enclosure, a separate SSD that's faster and connect over ESATA? It would be faster cheaper and everyone already has SATA on their systems.
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    kikireeki , November 26, 2010 8:47 AM
    SSD as a portable drive! such a waste!
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    psaus , November 26, 2010 9:44 AM
    Normally I like Kingston's releases... this however is a complete pile and waste of money.
    In a very short time devices will be this fast, and the size of a normal USB stick... oh and regularly priced. Not extortionate.
    I'll spend my money on an internal SSD

    Oh, @amstech, would agree 100% if this wasn't on a USB interface. Apps won't install to this SSD.
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    nebun , November 26, 2010 1:33 PM
    slow
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    drwho1 , November 26, 2010 3:27 PM
    so for the price of 7 2TB and 1 1TB hard drive = 15TB you could have 256GB
    WoW! what a bargain! (sarcasm 101)
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    noblerabbit , November 26, 2010 4:12 PM
    Our Money is best spent on a NAS from Synology or QNAP,

    or just get a USB 3.0 Docking Station, with some speedy 2.5' 7200 RPM drives, and have some left over for an upgrade to Intel Sandy Bridge next quarter.

    Come to think of it, I was excited for USB 3.0 last year, but I realize, USB is more about convenience, and not so much for raw speed.

    Sorry Kingston, you are Genuine and all, but this is an overpriced gadget, just like your 64GB USB sticks.
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    Anonymous , November 26, 2010 8:44 PM
    Let´s wait. SSD is not harder to make than simple
    electronics for ovens or micro-ovens even.

    This is only marketing, they are trying to find out
    how much money they can get from this product that
    they found out we would like.

    I would like to see SSD priced 25% over HD-disks not
    more and SSD would return quickly for producers.
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