Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,627 Reviews & Articles | 45,134 News Posts

Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 External USB 3.0 Preview - The Internals

Kingston prepares to take portable storage to the next level by mixing SSD speed with USB 3.0 connectivity.

By: | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Dec 1, 2010 11:50 am
Manufacturer: Kingston

The Internals




With the enclosure separated we can take a look at the internals of the MAX 3.0.




As stated previously, the HyperX MAX 3.0 is a basic solid state drive with a SATA to USB bridge adapter.




The back of the actual SSD portion is even labeled the same way Kingston labels their SSDs.




Let's take a close up look at the mini USB 3.0 connector. These are held to the PCB by two outside solder points and the handful of pins that make up the power and USB connection. We haven't seen any of these PCBs fail, but we have seen two mini USB 3.0 ports fail, one after just a handful of uses.


In the past most of these types of connectors would have been pushed through the PCB and soldered on, at least the mounting points on the sides. With electronics getting smaller and smaller there simply isn't room for that anymore, so they are basically just soldered on with the manufacturer hoping that someone secures the connector some other way before it makes it into a retail product.




Thankfully Kingston managed to come up with a solution that keeps the mini-port from rocking back and forth and breaking its connection, something I can't say about two other USB 3.0 products we were testing.


Here we see that the aluminum case is deep enough that the connector fits inside the hole. This keeps the connector from rocking up and down from normal use. This is a much more secure method of building a device with this somewhat new connector.


PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.

Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.


Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Storage content at our Storage reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down