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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



Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview
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CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.


Key Features:-


* Sequential reads/writes
* Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes
* Text copy
* Change dialog design
* internationalization (i18n)


Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 is not available to the public yet, but the Technical Preview does allow us to test 4K performance at queue depths of 4 and 32 in addition to 1. The current release Crystal Disk Mark only shows us QD 1.




You may feel a little cheated by the benchmark tests today; I feel a little cheated as well. Kingston configured the MAX 3.0 in a way that would not allow me to delete the partition, so I couldn't run some of our more popular benchmarks. I didn't want to take the chance of bricking our early sample, so only the tests that could be ran with a partition in place were ran.

In CDM we usually look at the 4K and 4K queue depth tests, but USB 3.0 does not offer NCQ. We still get to see how well a product handles 4K reads and writes. All of the drives listed are USB 3.0 and of the three the Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 has the slowest 4K read speed.




When it comes to writing data to the drive at 4K, the MAX 3.0 is the fastest out of our USB 3.0 stash. The MAX 3.0 is actually twice as fast as the OCZ Enyo.


Let's take a look at a real world test and see how these synthetic results pan out.


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