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Super Talent RAM Cache USB 3.0 flash drive prices  (Source: Super Talent)
Ram Cache tech promises up to 300% performance improvement in some uses

With USB 3.0 ports becoming more common on desktop and laptop computers, the number of USB 3.0 storage devices and other gear coming to market is growing. One of the most prevalent areas that USB 3.0 is being embraced is in the storage market.

The new drives are the Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache drives. The drives are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The new DRAM caching system that the drives use promise to boost performance by up to 300%. The company claims to be the only firm offering a caching system on its USB 3.0 drives.

Super Talent COO CH Lee said, "We've made the first, fastest, hardware encrypted, and most affordable USB flash 3.0 flash drives, now with the Express RAM Cache, we are offering affordable cache support on USB 3.0."

Super Talent claims that in real world performance tests copying large files and writing large amounts of smaller files the caching system it uses significantly increases performance. The maker claims that adding the caching system speeds up the copy process of 40 MP3 files by 260% compared to a drive without the caching feature. The time savings increases as the file count goes up.

Lee said, "No longer are we talking about a 10x performance increase over USB 2.0, now we are talking about a real world experience that is up to 110x what our customers have experienced before. Adding RAM Cache to our USB 3.0 Express Drive line-up raises the bar we have established with our first three USB 3.0 products and reiterates our commitment and leadership in the USB 3.0 space."

The USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache Drive in 32GB capacity sells for $129, the 64GB version of the same drive is $209, and both versions are shipping. Super Talent also offers the USB 3.0 Express Drive in 16GB for $59 and in 32GB for $99. The 16GB version of this drive was first announced in February of 2010.



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RE: REALLY?
By Argon18 on 9/8/2010 10:56:07 AM , Rating: -1
Who plays 1080p media from USB? USB stinks for bulk storage. It's horrible. Firewire is better in every measurable way: Lower latency, 2.5x faster throughput, isochronous transfer support, and 3x more bus power. I guess we'll see if USB3 is better than the turd that was USB2. In the mean time, you can have my firewire drives when you pry them from my cold dead hands!!


RE: REALLY?
By amanojaku on 9/8/2010 11:28:30 AM , Rating: 5
You can rest easy with the knowledge that no sane person would steal your firewire drives. For starters, few people can plug the damn things in!


RE: REALLY?
By Solandri on 9/8/2010 12:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
Why limit yourself to just one? I just bought enclosures with USB and Firewire (and most recently eSATA) for my old laptop drives. Firewire hasn't been on my must-have list when buying a laptop, but 3 of my last 4 laptops have had it (I tend to buy mid-grade laptops rather than the low-end ones, maybe that's why). It does work a bit better than USB; albeit the difference is not big enough for me to go out of my way to limit myself to laptops which have it.


RE: REALLY?
By acer905 on 9/8/2010 12:33:26 PM , Rating: 1
... Firewire still exists... who knew.


RE: REALLY?
By marvdmartian on 9/9/2010 8:11:59 AM , Rating: 2
Evidently, Argon18 did.


RE: REALLY?
By hyvonen on 9/9/2010 4:06:28 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, I wanna see a thumb drive with a FireWire port


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