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SuperTalent breaks USB flash-drive records. 300MB/s read with USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

by Tarinder Sandhu on 8 January 2010, 16:06

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With USB 3.0 gaining in momentum, it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer showcased a USB flash drive with the super-fast interface.

Current large-capacity USB drives are hamstrung by the USB 2.0 conduit, which tops out at around 30MB/s, intimating that it would take around over an hour to fill a 64GB stick.

USB 3.0 removes the interface bottleneck, and SuperTalent showcased the USB 3.0-totin' RAIDDrive at CES 2010.

Available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, and putting speed very much to the fore, the RAIDDrive uses parallel, internal RAID0 to increase throughput.

SuperTalent reckons that the rather large RAIDDrive, now available for $600 for the 128GB model, is capable of reading sequential data at 300MB/s and writing at 170MB/s, and we took a look at it in action.

Here's CrystalDiskMark's results. A second version is to be made available within a month, promising slightly higher sequential speeds but a 10x improvement in 4K random read/writes.

It's interesting to see USB 3.0 breathing new life into large-capacity USB sticks, and SuperTalent's model certainly is speedy.

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these pen drives will be perfect for migrating my mass spectrometry data, beats doing it on chunky big eSATA drives.

300MB/s.. that's just 30-40s per file… I had to wait HOURS to do my current transfers
That's brilliant, just wish I had it at this moment in time, how much I hate watching that little green transfering bar while the missus is moaning to go out.. zzz
ST: uhh, sorry we maxed out your bus within a few months of release.
Pretty impressive. Wouldn't you need 2 SSDs in RAID 0 to even supply data that fast (or another one of these sticks)?