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Limited and pricey for first few weeks

Many technology enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting products supporting the USB 3.0 interface, which has a raw throughput of 5 Gbps. This is ten times that of the older USB 2.0 interface (USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with the older USB 2.0 interface). The ubiquity of USB led to the replacement of floppy drives and Zip disks by USB flash drives.

Super Talent announced the first USB 3.0 flash drives in November. The RAIDDrive USB 3.0 series uses patented “multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology” for optimal NAND flash performance. It will transfer data at 200 MB/s using a USB 3.0 port,  but it can reach up to 320MB/s using a UAS Protocol driver. However, it will top out around 35 MB/s in older USB 2.0 ports due to interface limitations and even slower in USB 1.1 ports. It uses USB 3.0 chips supplied by NEC.

DailyTech has learned that Super Talent will start shipping the first batch of drives out this week, with availability next week. The company is still ramping up production, so only a few thousand will be available initially. Interest is reportedly strong, with many units pre-sold already.

The first motherboards supporting USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA hit the market last month, so there is already a steadily growing market. Most of the early adopters of the new USB 3.0 flash drives are expected to be professionals who rely on their data and carry around large amounts of it.

Only 64GB versions will be available at first, priced around the $400 mark. Although this seems pricey, the first 1GB USB 2.0 drives hit the market five years ago around the $300 mark and were readily gobbled up by enthusiasts. Pricing is not expected to drop for the next couple of months, as NAND flash prices remain high after doubling in the last six months.

Update: We have received unofficial retail pricing information from Super Talent.

Part Number


Unofficial Pricing


32GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



64GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



128GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



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I remember...
By Leper Messiah on 12/8/2009 10:37:24 AM , Rating: 3
back in 2003 I bought a 256MB flash drive for 65 bucks or something and it was so awesome. Didn't have to rely on floppy disks for stuff at school, its something that people now take for granted, but man back in the day floppy disks were a pain in the ass.

RE: I remember...
By KingstonU on 12/8/2009 11:35:47 AM , Rating: 2
I remember 1GB was perfect cause it could fit the largest single file I might have dealings with (a 700MB AVI movie) :P Spent $120 on a 1GB Jump Drive USB 2.0, well worth it. Still have it and it's faster then my newest 4GB Cruzer. Hardly use any of them now that I'm out of school though.

RE: I remember...
By Souka on 12/8/2009 11:46:56 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 1GB Memina Pocket Rocket I use all the time... this drive handles small files well and is fast.

Probably paid, errr expensed, $200 back in 2004?

RE: I remember...
By 325hhee on 12/9/2009 3:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
I remember when I paid $100 for a 3.5 floppy drive, the disks were much smaller, and much sturdier than the 5.25 floppies. Man those were a night mare to transport, they were very fragile, and very easy to scratch.

Tech has come a long way since the punch cards, and the reel to reel tapes.

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