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Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB USB 3 SSD (Toshiba HG2) Review

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Introduction and Internals

Introduction:

Today we'll take a look at the Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 USB External SSD.
Announced yesterday, this unit is meant for those who desire speedy external storage at capacities and speeds higher than those obtainable from simple thumb drives.

Kingston informed us the final product may have a slightly different shade of blue, as to better match the companies HyperX line of performance memory. That said, the finish, lettering, and build quality was top notch. The two halves of the enclosure fit so well that the seams were barely noticeable, making it seem as if it were one solid cylinder of extruded aluminum.

The access / power LED is located near the USB 3.0 port, on top face of the drive enclosure, and lights green when in use.

Internals:

Cracking open the housing we discover it is actually to halves, and is of cast aluminum construction.

We also note a standard 2.5" SATA SSD coupled to a USB 3.0 interface board.

Here we see the Toshiba HG2 controller (center), driving 128GB of 43nm Toshiba flash memory (right).

A Micron 128MB DDR module performs caching duties (left).

A Genesys Logic GL3310 SATA to USB 3.0 bridge controllerhandles the interfacing.

Everything laid out, ifixit style.

June 9, 2011 | 01:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

usb technology has certainly come a long way, but I never thought I'd see myself smoking a usb e cigarette... lol, it's an amazing thing

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