There's no shortage of USB 3.0 flash drives by now, but disappointingly many of them offer the same kind of write performance as USB 2.0 drives, something that makes them a fairly uninteresting purchase despite the faster read speeds. Kingston has alleviated that issues with its DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 flash drive which is offering some really fast speeds, but at a cost.

There's no shortage of USB 3.0 flash drives by now, but disappointingly many of them offer the same kind of write performance as USB 2.0 drives, something that makes them a fairly uninteresting purchase despite the faster read speeds. Kingston has alleviated that issues with its DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 flash drive which is offering some really fast speeds, but at a cost.

USB flash drives have become ubiquitous these days and smaller capacity drives are anything but a splurge. Sadly performance hasn't kept up as fast flash memory and fast controllers add cost and most companies have seemingly decided to keep things on the cheap rather than trying to offer faster performing devices. USB 3.0 was set to change this, but sadly the improvements have been fairly minor in most cases with high-end USB 2.0 drives offering similar write speeds to most USB 3.0 drives.

That said, products like Kingston's new DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 makes it all a bit more worthwhile, as the company is claiming read speeds of SSD level 225MB/s and write speeds of up to 135MB/s when the drive is attached over USB 3.0 whereas over USB 2.0 we should expect to see read/write speeds of 30MB/s. The drive comes in a metal enclosure wrapped in rubber and it has a for the product category impressive five year warranty.

However, there's one caveat, cost. Part of the reason for this is that the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 starts at 64GB a model that is listed at a whopping US$193 (S$250). Moving up in capacity we have a 128GB going for an eye watering US$377 (S$489) and finally there will be a 256GB model which has as yet to get a price, but we'd expect it to be priced way outside of what most people would be willing to spend on a USB 3.0 drive.

In fact, you could get one of Kingston's own 120GB HyperX SATA 6Gbps SSD's for a mere US$273 directly from Kingston and it would be cheaper to get a USB 3.0 enclosure for this than getting one of the new flash drives. So in as much as Kingston has managed to produce some really fast flash drives, if you can live with something a little bit larger, it would actually be more affordable to go down the external SSD route.

Source: Kingston