Kingston launches HyperX MAX USB 3.0 SSD - Kingston

Kingston has launched the HyperX MAX 3.0 external storage device, expanding its solid state drive offering with transfer speeds of "up to ten times faster" than USB 2.0.

The drive, which comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacity versions, is the latest addition to Kingston's HyperX range and is targeted at the enthusiast and professional market or anyone looking for storage that can be written to or accessed at extremely fast speeds.

The SSD has a read speed of 195MB/s and a write speed of 160MB/s when connected with a USB 3.0 compatible device. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, but speeds will obviously drop when running through a USB 2.0 port.

To demonstrate the superior speeds of the device, Kingston did some internal testing, which showed a transfer time of only 1 minute and 12 seconds for a 10GB movie file. Tests using USB 2.0 showed the time increase dramatically to 5 minutes and 52 seconds.

The SSD measures 2.89-inches by 4.67-inches by 0.47-inches. It consumes 4.5 Watts of power, has an operating temperature of 0 to 60 degrees Celsius, a storage temperature of -20 to 85 degrees Celsius, and is USB-IF SuperSpeed certified. It also features a three-year warranty.

The HyperX MAX 3.0 will be available in December. Prices will be £106.55 ($170), £188.05 ($300), and £376.05 ($600) respectively for the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models.