updated 11:45 am EST, Mon November 22, 2010
Kingston unveils HyperX Max external USB 3.0 SSD
Kingston today entered the external solid-state drive arena with a new drive under the HyperX badge it normally reserves for RAM. The HyperX Max External USB 3.0 drive gives users a mid-range SSD that can transfer much faster than current rotating hard drives. At 195MB per second for peak reads and 160MB for writes, it can copy a single 10GB file in about 72 seconds, or about 4.9 times faster than the same drive on USB 2.0.
The storage is housed in an aluminum shell that Kingston claims is rugged, and despite the added speed can take power solely from the USB port. SSDs by their nature are quiet and functionally skip-proof. Any computer that recognizes USB storage should see the drive, although only a small number of computers and add-in cards currently support USB 3.0.
Versions of the HyperX Max with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of space will ship in December. Prices haven't been set.