Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB Drive Review

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Kingston have impressed us recently with many of their products, especially the low cost, high performance SSDNow V100 128GB SSD drive. Today we are looking at their new external storage solution called HyperX MAX 3.0 which utilises the latest USB 3.0 superspeed interface.

According to Kingston the HyperX Max 3.0 drives (MLC) can achieve speeds of up to 195 MB/s read and 160 MB/s write which will be tantalizingly desirable for demanding performance users on the move. The life expectancy of the drive is said to be 1,000,000 hours and it will support Windows Vista (SP1, SP2), Windows 7 and Windows XP (SP3). To get maximum performance you obviously need a USB 3.0 capable motherboard or expansion card, but it is fully backwards compatible. All models have a 3 year warranty with free 24/7 support.

Kingston will be offering models 64GB, 128GB and 256GB in size and we are looking today at the 128GB model.

Key selling points:

  • Impressive write speed of up to 160MB/sec.
  • Read speed up to 195 MB/s
  • SuperSpeed Certified USB 3.0 – 10x faster than the transfer speed of USB 2.0
  • Shock-Proof
  • No moving parts means no mechanical failures
  • Portable
  • Mobile design, USB port powered; no external power supply required
  • Dimensions: 73.49mm x 118.60 mm x 12.00 mm : 2.89” x 4.67” x 0.47”
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Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB Drive Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Garth
    November 22, 2010
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    Holy Snit batman, thats a performance USB drive and a half ! I need to gets me a USB 3 controller :(

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  • Samuel
    November 22, 2010
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    Damn, thats another great product from Kingston. Excellent drive, toshiba controller is proven too, good choice.

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  • Thomas
    November 22, 2010
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    This is a great idea, only problem is, people in work etc, will more than likely be stuck on USB 2 machines for eons. so unless you are just using it for single machine or offline backups, its expensive !

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  • Garry
    November 22, 2010
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    Well this is rather sexy innit? the usb 3 drives ive seen reviewed so far were lucky to hit 100MB so this is vastly superior. nice work Kingston.

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  • Ned
    November 22, 2010
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    USB 2.0 really does need replacing. ive an old 500gb USB 2.0 drive and its facking painful to back up files. I normally do it overnight when im kipping. Look forward to one of these, but it will be a while as I just bought a motherboard a few months ago.

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  • Tech Head
    November 22, 2010
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    Spend £15 on a USB 3.0 controller, best way to get usb 3 without forking out 150 quid again for a motherboard.

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  • Tri Color
    November 22, 2010
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    Awesome, im buying a 64gb for my documents. any rough time for retail? mid dec? start? dec 2011? lol

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  • Fluffychicken
    November 22, 2010
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    I think this is the first time ive really seen usb 3.0 external drives really shine with the performance. excellent performance results.

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  • Chaos
    November 22, 2010
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    massive gains over USB 2.0 very nice for an external drive

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