The long dark tea time of the flash may finally be over. Kingston is bringing a much needed speed increase to its line of flash drives with the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. It’s a USB 3.0 flash drive with 8-channel memory architecture giving it unprecedented read and write speeds in the Kingston camp with up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. The HyperX 3.0 is almost twice the rated speed of the recent DataTraveler Ultimate thanks to the extra data pipelines. But according to Kingston, the speedy flash drive isn’t SandForce powered.
These drives, available in 64, 128 and 256GB capacities may be outside of your back-to-school budget at roughly $200, $400 and $600 respectively. But to those of us that really make use of them for VMs, ISO mounting or Windows to Go (in near future), the extra speed is welcome. On more pedestrian drives, loading a 64GB of data could take days. The drives – backed by a generous 5-year warranty – are still on the large size and may take up 2 USB slots on your computer but they are still quite pocket-able. As long as you’ve got the extra pocket change to make this purchase, it’s likely to be a great fit.