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Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive is Super Fast

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RAIDDrive means speedy business.

USB 3.0 is fast. It's ten times faster than our current USB 2.0 and it's been given the marketing name of "Superspeed."

Are you ready for Superspeed? If you have a USB 3.0 controller in your system, you can take advantage of Super Talent's RAIDDrive, which claims to be the world’s first USB 3.0 flash drive.

It's fast with transfer speeds of up to 200MB/sec. in a USB 3.0 port, but can reach transfer speeds of up to 320MB/sec. if a separate UAS Protocol driver for the USB 3.0 port is applied. It’s roomy too, as it comes in 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities.

"The USB 3.0 RAIDDrive uses patented multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology for optimal NAND flash performance. This product underscores Super Talent's continued leadership in USB drives. We have developed the world's first mobile USB 3.0 flash drive. It delivers phenomenal performance and it incorporates our own patented technology," said C.H. Lee, chief operating officer of Super Talent.

Super Talent has yet to specify a price, but we'll know for how much when they release this December. Expect the 128 GB version to be at least $350.

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    ravewulf , November 4, 2009 7:48 PM
    Superspeed? I want LUDICROUS SPEED! (you just know that's the next name they're going to use)

    But seriously, that is an awesome drive. (and the market naming stuff is rather ridiculous, the should just use USB 3.0)
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    icepick314 , November 4, 2009 7:22 PM
    now there's viable option to run an OS from a thumbdrive...

    NIIIICE
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    zoridon , November 4, 2009 7:17 PM
    A fast usb based operating system is finally within my reach.
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    zoridon , November 4, 2009 7:17 PM
    A fast usb based operating system is finally within my reach.
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    kittle , November 4, 2009 7:19 PM
    interesting looking.
    but I smell a lawsuit somwhere in their future: http://www.superspeed.com/
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    icepick314 , November 4, 2009 7:22 PM
    now there's viable option to run an OS from a thumbdrive...

    NIIIICE
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    ravewulf , November 4, 2009 7:48 PM
    Superspeed? I want LUDICROUS SPEED! (you just know that's the next name they're going to use)

    But seriously, that is an awesome drive. (and the market naming stuff is rather ridiculous, the should just use USB 3.0)
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    ereuter71 , November 4, 2009 7:52 PM
    It will be interesting to see what speeds are actually achieved with this drive. I think the NAND read/write speed, particularly write, is currently the bottleneck even in USB 2 flash drives. The cheap NAND and controllers they use in most flash drives is lucky if they can write at 20 MB/s, which is well within USB 2 speeds.
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    masterasia , November 4, 2009 8:07 PM
    Within a year, prices would have fallen 70%
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    brando56894 , November 4, 2009 8:30 PM
    That is pretty sweet I was looking to get a new flash drive since I lost both of mine, and just by that speculated price the 32gb should be around $90 which isnt bad.
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    curnel_D , November 4, 2009 8:40 PM
    Drag0nR1derIs this a news article or an advert?

    It would be an advert if they were providing links directly to supertalent's online store to purchase them. Quit whining.
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    crazymech , November 4, 2009 8:42 PM
    Question: 4kb speeds?

    Sequential is all fine, but give me random read/write :) 
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    fuser , November 4, 2009 8:48 PM
    kittleinteresting looking.but I smell a lawsuit somwhere in their future: http://www.superspeed.com/


    'SuperSpeed' was chosen by the USB standards body. I'm sure they did their due diligence before selecting it.
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    Honis , November 4, 2009 9:18 PM
    Great, can't wait for a real review!
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    insaneclowngod , November 4, 2009 9:51 PM
    fuser'SuperSpeed' was chosen by the USB standards body. I'm sure they did their due diligence before selecting it.


    +1
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    Major7up , November 4, 2009 10:10 PM
    Oooh tasty! It will be interesting to see competing USB 3.0 devices and see how they compare!
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    monicas , November 4, 2009 10:14 PM
    This looks very promising and can actually become very useful. The way I look at it is that with SSD's now becoming so cheap it makes perfect sense to simply carry your HD with you from PC to PC. Simply plug it in using USB 3.0 and go. Albeit an SSD isn't exactly portable, but it does offer the read write speeds to perfectly match up to the new USB specs.

    Monica S
    Los Angeles Computer Repair
    http://www.sebecomputercare.com
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    Onyx2291 , November 4, 2009 10:20 PM
    Can't wait until these go into full swing. Backing up my 100+GB files on an external hard drive at 16mb/s really makes me want it.
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    jacobdrj , November 4, 2009 10:24 PM
    I want the SATA standard and the USB standard to find common ground/merge. No reason for 2 competing standards. 1 single backwards compatible all encompassing serial standard that provides speed and power should be implemented, at least until fiber optic/powered stuff becomes affordable (which Intel is working on).
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    Gin Fushicho , November 4, 2009 11:00 PM
    Its awesome... but not very many people use 3.0 , so I dont see the point right now.
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    njalterio , November 4, 2009 11:48 PM
    I wonder if external video cards will be possible with USB 3.0...or maybe 4.0?
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