Feeds
80%
Kingston HyperX Max

Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive

SSD on the go

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Performance tests

However, CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests suggested rather less ambitious figures regarding the capabilities of the HyperX Max. Despite falling short of Kingston’s claimed performance, the HyperX Max is still quite an impressive piece of hardware, managing to make more out of the USB 3.0 interface than any other device I have tested so far.

Benchmark Tests

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Results

Kingston HyperX Max

Throughput in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

In fact, compared to its closest rival, Iomega’s SSD Flash drive, the HyperX Max is on par in most fields, but zooms ahead when it comes down to write performance. Also included in the benchmarking comparison is LaCie’s Rugged 3.0 drive, as it is the fastest HDD-based, USB 3.0 portable drive I have tested. Unsurprisingly, the SSDs have a huge throughput advantage, especially in terms of random I/O operations.

Apart from performance, the Kingston also beats the Iomega on price at £220 for 128GB HyperX Max compared to the £325 for the SSD Flash.

Whilst I would normally be tempted to recommend a solid state drive almost regardless of price, the HyperX Max lags quite a way behind SSDs designed to replace Sata internal hard drives by around 100MB/s. With that drop in performance, it's hard to recommend spending the money on the higher-capacity models. Nevertheless, this external drive certainly outperforms its HDD-based counterparts.

The essential guide to IT transformation

Next page: Speed limits

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?