The new SuperTalent RAIDDrive Superspeed USB 3.0 is the first USB 3.0 drive that we have seen that comes in the familiar thumbdrive form factor.  It is a little larger than you might expect at 95 x 34 x 15.4mm (3.7″ x 1.3″ x 0.6″) when you compare it to a previous SuperTalent USB 2.0 drive at 61 x 23 x 9 mm (2.4″ x 0.9″ x 0.3″).  This lends credence to the claims that USB 3.0 drives need some sort of heatsink. They will also cost you a bit more, the smallest of the drives is 32GB and will run you $250.  The big question is the performance, especially with the custom driver that turns the thumbdrive into a RAID-0 array.  That question is answered in the review at Benchmark Reviews.

“SuperSpeed USB-3.0 delivers a very dramatic improvement over the older USB-2 protocol. Bandwidth speed has increased from 480 Mb/s to 5000 Mb/s, and file transfer rates as fast as 400 MB/s are now possible; making SuperSpeed USB-3.0 very competitive with the Serial-ATA interface. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Super Talent RAIDDrive ST3U64SRK SuperSpeed USB-3.0 flash drive, a product with up to 128GB of capacity which utilizes two SSD controllers in a RAID-0 array. The Super Talent USB-3.0 RAIDDrive is capable of 320 MB/s according to specifications, making it the fastest USB flash drive on the market.”

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