Performance

As you'd expect there is some measurable overhead compared to the SSDNow V+100 thanks to the USB 3.0 translation layer. Sequential read/write performance is a bit faster than the OCZ Enyo, although small file random writes are slower.

Sequential Write Performance (128KB)

Sequential Read Performance (128KB)

Random Write Performance (4KB, 8GB LBA Space)

Random Read Performance (4KB)

Final Words

For an external drive I'd say the focus should be primarily on sequential write performance as well as performance resiliency, both of which put the HyperX MAX 3.0 at an advantage. I'm really curious about the long term performance of the new T6UG1XBG controller/firmware and as a result I've started deploying drives based on it in my work systems.

Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 Lineup
  64GB 128GB 256GB
Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 SHX100U3/64G SHX100U3/128GB SHX100U3/256GB

Kingston isn't announcing pricing yet, however you can expect it to be offered at some premium over the SSDNow V+100. A 128GB V+100 currently etails for around $280, so I'd expect a 128GB HyperX MAX 3.0 to go for above $300. That would put it in the same pricerange as the OCZ Enyo, but as I mentioned above, perhaps better suited to most external drive usage models thanks to its greater performance resiliency.

 

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  • vailr - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    What was meant was: booting AND running Windows directly from an external USB hard drive (or SSD device). Not possible, due to Microsoft specifically disabling such a scenario. Reply
  • jordanclock - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    You are very mistaken. Microsoft even offers a tool to put any Windows disc image onto a USB and make it bootable. My last three Windows installs were done from a USB drive, as a matter of fact. It's simply a matter of finding a motherboard with USB-boot, but that is really not even an issue. Reply
  • jordanclock - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    Ignore my comment. I was the one that was mistaken.

    Running Windows from an external drive is possible, but not easily done and very hackish.
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  • SandmanWN - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    hackish??? its a MS utility........ Reply
  • jordanclock - Thursday, November 25, 2010 - link

    To make an installation USB, yes. It's a Microsoft utility. To make a bootable installation of Windows is hackish. We're talking about running Windows (Not just the installer) from a USB drive. Currently there is no support this feature and as far as I know, XP was the last Windows that made this even remotely easy. Reply
  • SandmanWN - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    Actually the utility for 7 is out now. Still don't get how following a set of directions from the manufacturer of the product is hacking. Just don't understand the fantasy land some people live in. Reply
  • name99 - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    What's the power usage? In particular, does it run (especially when doing a lot of writes) off a single USB2 connection?

    Kingston's previous drives have been over the edge of what can be supported off a single USB connector, and then you have the hassle of having to use a double-headed cable, maybe you don't have two slots free. Given that USB provides higher power than USB2, I could well believe that this thing does not run acceptably off a single USB2 connection (or a marginal connection, like in a hub).

    Power of this sort is something Ars really should be tracking for every one of these devices. It is a sodding irritating fact of life right now that many many (IMHO crappy and unscrupulous) device manufacturers are shipping products that simply are not robust in their power requirements --- they require two USB connectors, or are so close to the edge off a single connector that 50% of the time they don't work --- with no indication on the box of this. Users like us rely on reviewers like Ars to let us know of these issues.
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  • Chloiber - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    It does/should. 2.5" external HDDs need way more power to start spinning. This does work on most PCs.

    I myself got a (custom made) external SuperTalent UltraDrive GX on USB 2.0 (please, don't ask why I got this ;) and it works with just the USB connection on all my PCs. Even on the one which had it's problems with external 2.5" HDDs.
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  • ProDigit - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    I thought USB 3 was supposed to be backwards compatible with USB2.0?

    If you ask me a USB2.0 to mini-usb cable should plug in the device (the only issue 'might' be the power requirements.
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  • jordanclock - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - link

    USB3 has a different form factor. There are additional pins and additional power sent over the cable. Reply

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