Kingston HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive ReviewFri, Dec 30, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Free Capacity and Final Thoughts
When it comes to storage capacity, the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash drive has a free capacity of 59.6GB as shown above. Kingston states that some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. The drive comes formatted using the FAT32 file system.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
We’ve literally benchmarked and used hundreds of USB Flash drives over the years and we can say without a doubt that the Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 Flash Drive is the fastest that we have ever used. This drive is blazing fast and is certainly worthy of being part of the HyperX brand. Our testing showed that the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive was able to run at 246MB/s read and 161MB/s write in ATTO, which is once again well beyond the 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write speed ratings given by Kingston. It you want to have a portable USB drive that has insane sequential read/write speeds then this is it.
|Kingston Part Number||Description||Street Price|
|DTHX30/64GB||HyperX 64GB USB 3.0 Drive||$144.99|
|DTHX30/128GB||HyperX 128GB USB 3.0 drive||$277.61|
|DTHX30/256GB||HyperX 256GB USB 3.0 drive||$646.99|
All this performance does come at a cost though and that would be to your bank account. The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB drive that we reviewed today costs $144.99 shipped. While this is a pretty penny, the cost might be worth it if you crave performance. For example the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 64GB drive costs $110.74 shipped. We reviewed this drive back in August 2011 and found that it had 95MB/s read and 67MB/s write speeds. So, for an extra ~$34 you get nearly three times the performance and that is worth it for most people.
If you have a notebook or desktop PC that uses SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and want the fastest portable drive out there this is it. The days of moving files around using the USB 2.0 standard at 30-35MB/s are done and that is great news as our personal music and movie collections are starting to get tough to move around! The HyperX 3.0 is great for storing data and it’s the first Flash drive that we grab when backing up our steam gaming account or moving HD movies around.
To seal the deal all capacities of the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Flash drive come backed with a 5-year warranty in the event that something goes wrong and it needs to be replaced.
Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB is the fastest Flash drive that we have ever tested and the price premium is worth it for those that want speed.