Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 64GB SSD Review

Attention all speed freaks – Kingston has introduced an external USB 3.0 capable Solid State Drive. Yes, you read correctly. The Kingston HyperX Max is “the need for speed” for those wanting a high-performance USB SSD. Plus having the advantage of higher reliability due to no moving components. Using this SSD, you are able to transfer large files (e.g., HD video, RAW images, AutoCAD files) faster since the HyperX Max utilizes USB 3.0, which, based on our testing in the review, is about 4 – 5x times faster than USB 2.0. Kingston claims the device is an SSD that performs with reading speeds of 195MB/s and a write of 160MB/s. However, in our review video, you can see it usually is around 125MB/s and 86 MB/s, respectively.

However, Product Feedback can confirm that in our real-life scenario test, we were able to transfer a 1.3GB file in as little as 18 seconds using the HyperX Max, whereas USB 2.0 took over 1 minute.

The following video review from Product Feedback goes into detail about the Kingston HyperX Max specs and its multiple features.

Kingston HyperX® MAX Features/Benefits:

USB-IF SuperSpeed-Certified

No additional power required; utilizes USB BUS power

Compliant with USB 3.0; compatible with USB 2.0

No driver required

Aluminium casing


Performance — high-speed data transfer and storage

Silent — runs silently with no moving parts

Shock-resistant — built with Flash components so no moving parts

Reliable — more durable than a traditional external hard drive

Standardized — complies with USB 3.0 specification standards

Compatible with USB 2.0

Easy — plug & play

Guaranteed — three-year warranty


Sequential Speed —

Read: up to 195MB/sec.

Write: up to 160MB/sec.

Capacities* — 64GB, 128GB and 256GB

Dimensions — 2.89″ x 4.67″ x 0.47″ (73.49mm x 118.60mm x 12.00mm)

Operating Shock — 1500G

Operating Temperature — 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)

Storage Temperature — -20°C to 85°C (-4°F to 185°F)

Power Consumption — 4.5W

Dual LED blue for USB 3.0, green for USB 2.0

Accessories Included: USB 3.0 Micro-B plug to USB 3.0 Standard-A cable

Compatibility Table:

Operating System File Transfer

Windows® 7 Yes

Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2) Yes

Windows XP (SP3) Yes

Kingston Part Numbers:

SHX100U3/64G, SHX100U3/128G, SHX100U3/256G

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