Monday, August 23, 2010
Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM
"We've seen a few USB 3.0 external drives here at Maximum PC, and we do appreciate the long-overdue speed boost. It's nice to have file transfers limited by drive speed again, rather than the interface-the 33MB/s maximum was killing us. And while we appreciated the boost we got from USB 3.0 in WD's My Book 3.0 and the Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed enclosure, the former was only as fast as the mechanical drive within it and the latter couldn't even match the speeds of the drives it enclosed."
USB 3.0 hasn't quite become mainstream yet, but it is good to see manufacturers starting to produce devices that make full use of the extra bandwidth capacity that USB 3.0 brings us. As the technology is still new it is therfore quite expensive at $410 for this external 128Mb SSD drive, but with the drive being to read files at and average of 180MB/s and write files at 166MB/s compared with a USB 2.0 drive that reads at 33MB/s and write files at 30MB/s you can see the performance boost that USB 3.0 will give.