The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive is about one thing: speed. Consistently tested as one of the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drives on the market, it offers a finger-sized alternative to those considering smaller solid-state drives (SSDs) to back up their data. Its transfer rates are generally faster for large files (video, programs) than for multitudes of smaller files, which dip into the range of normal USB 3.0 drives. But Tweaktown.com does some additional detective work, finding that a small write latency is the cause of the issue, a problem that is exacerbated if the files to be tested are written and read from the same drive (as most small-file tests do). Once this is corrected, the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 regains its speed advantage, the site writes.
The real drawbacks of the drive center around its cutting-edge design: it is both more expensive (at an estimated $125) and larger than its less-speedy peers. Kingston does not list the drive as being MacOS-compatible, although other sales sites list it as compatible with Mac OS v.10.5.x and Linux verson 2.6.x.
Despite the relatively recent launch of this drive, many solid tech sites have weighed in, due to its claims of market-leading speed. Nearly all conduct tests of the drive's transfer speed. LegitReviews.com, the U.K.'s eTeknix.com, CravingTech.com, StorageReview.com, TechGage.com and Tweaktown.com all host detailed reviews. LegitReviews also posts a video describing the drive. No user review sites have enough feedback to provide critical mass on the drive yet.
LegitReviews.com tests the Kingston HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive, and hosts a video describing the drive's performance and feel. Their speed tests indicate that the HyperX's transfer speeds are actually faster than Kingston advertises, extraordinary for a USB 3.0 flash drive. "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," reviewer Nathan Kirsch writes, awarding the drive an Editor's Choice. The only drawback: its price tag.
Review: Kingston HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Review, Nathan Kirsch, Dec. 30, 2011
The U.K. site eTeknix.com gives the Kington HyperX DataTraveler USB flash drive an Extreme Performance Award, finding as other sites do that the flash drive frequently exceeds the speed claims made on the packaging. "Even looking at the quoted speeds makes you chuckle inside, as it seemed like a load of marketing hype," Andy Ruffell writes, "but the HyperX flash drive manages to live up to it and in some cases completely blitz past it."
Review: Kingston 64GB DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB Flash Drive Review, Andy Ruffell, Dec. 14, 2011
Michael Aulia gives the Kingston HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive a perfect 5-star rating, declaring it to be attractive, durable, and faster than advertised in his speed tests. Even the 64 GB size is huge, he attests, allowing him to pass a full copy of a video game download to a friend who didn't want to have to re-download 19 GB of files. He finds the heat generated by the drive to be lower than the previous generation's.
Review: Kingston HyperX 3.0 (USB 3) Flash Drive, Michael Aulia, Dec. 15, 2011
Brian Beeler of StorageReview.com puts the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive through a number of speed tests, comparing it to the Kingtston DataTraveler Ultimate Gen2. In every case but one, he finds the HyperX to be the speedier flash drive. For random write speeds of small- to medium-sized files, the Gen2 has a slight edge, but given that the HyperX drive is likely to be primarily used for large media files, he doesn't find that a drawback. He awards the DT HyperX 3.0 an Editor's Choice.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Review, Brian Beeler, Nov. 28, 2011
Rob Williams' review of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash review is one of the most thorough in terms of speed testing. He runs the drive through its paces on a number of theoretical and real-world tests, concluding that while no other USB drive can touch it in throughput, it is far from the best in overall operations per second. For copying a movie, it can't be beat, he said; but if you're copying a folder with thousands of small files, another drive may have better performance.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Review, Rob Williams, Dec. 30, 2011
Tweaktown.com's review of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive shows that it transfers data as quickly as some of the value-priced solid-state drives (SSDs) from an earlier roundup, "quite an accomplishment for a product that is less than three inches long," Chris Ramseyer writes. They trace the drive's trouble with transfer speeds for small files to the nature of the test itself, which reads and writes to the same drive. If the files are all written from another drive to the HyperX, the speeds are as advertised. Tweaktown award 91% out of 100% and give the drive a Must Have Best Features Award.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Thumb Drive Review, Chris Ramseyer, Feb. 3, 2012
PureOverClock.com is, as the name suggests, primarily concerned with the speed that the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive can offer. They run the thumb drive through a number of tests, finding that it aces the majority of them. "The DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 is astonishingly quick; this little drive smoked the tests on each benchmark run," Jake Mete writes, declaring the "eyewatering" speeds worth the price premium. He awards an Editor's Choice.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB, Jake Mete, Dec. 5, 2011
Swedish tech site Bjorn3D.com throws every speed test in the book at the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive, including testing it on a USB 2.0 port. In every case, the site finds exemplary performance, even when being throttled by the slower port speed. "This flash drive made our jaws drop," reviewer Aditya Gune writes, and the site awards the drive a Golden Bear Award (its top recommendation). Pros include speed, sturdiness and relative compactness; cons include a small drop in transfer rates on small files and the decreased speed over USB 2.0 ports.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB, Aditya Gune, Dec. 27, 2011
KitGuru.com's reviewer awards 9 stars out of 10 to the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive, putting it through a number of benchmark and real-world tests. "The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64 GB has literally redefined the USB Flash drive sector, producing sequential performance results which would compete head to head against last generation performance based Solid State drives," the site writes, giving the drive a Must Have designation.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64 GB Review, "Zardon", Nov. 24, 2011
Softpedia.com praises the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive's performance on benchmark and real-world data transfer tests, but notes that its blazing speed drops when faced with large numbers of small files. That said, that particular challenge is unlikely for most users of the USB thumb drive, and the site finds the drive fast, great looking, and worthy of a look for its 5-year warranty. The price is high, the site notes.
Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Sorin Nita, Jan. 16, 2012