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Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 External USB 3.0 Preview

By Chris Ramseyer from Dec 1, 2010 @ 5:50 CST
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.


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