6529 Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 64GB External SuperSpeed USB Drive Review

The drive enclosure is held together by four screws at each corner which are cleverly hidden under the rubber feets of the drive.

The HyperX MAX 3.0 uses a 64GB solid state drive (SSD) connected to a SATA-to-USB3 bridge to achieve its impressive read and write transfer rates.

6531 Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 64GB External SuperSpeed USB Drive Review

Removing the SSD needed a little bit of prying as the NAND flash chips had good contact with a thick pad. The pad conducts heat from the SSD to the aluminium enclosure, as well as preventing the SSD itself from moving about when transporting the drive around.

 

6538 Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 64GB External SuperSpeed USB Drive Review

The drive uses a Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller, a Micron D9HSJ DRAM chip providing 128MB cache and 32nm Toshiba TH58NVG6D7FBAK2  NAND MLC flash chips which are 8GB in capacity each.

 

6545 Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 64GB External SuperSpeed USB Drive Review

A Genesis Logic GL3310 USB 3.0 to SATA 3Gb/s bridge controller is used to allow the SSD to interface via USB 3.0. This controller also supports USB 2.0 and SATA 1.5Gb/s.