Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 120GB review

This is the fastest USB drive we have ever tested - as long as you have USB 3.0 support

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  • Great speed
  • Decent capacity


  • Price

A couple of months back we checked out one of Kingston's chunky USB 3.0 data sticks, the DataTraveler Ultimate 64GB. We found it lightning-quick and surprisingly affordable. In fact, it was so good it garnered one of our Gold Awards.

And then we come to the Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 120GB. This DataTraveler stablemate operates under a different brand name, associating it more with Kingston's performance RAM than with its other USB sticks.

Combined with the relatively new interface and shiny outer-skin this has allowed Kingston to charge almost £200 for this 120GB hard drive. But then this flash memory-based drive has the performance to almost justify it.

Even in USB 2.0 mode it's performing at the very limits of that geriatric interface, but in its native USB 3.0 mode it's a performance monster.

Copying a 1GB file in just over 10 seconds makes it twice as fast again as the USB 3.0 DataTraveler. The average read speed of 174MB/s too is almost matching that 2x speed boost over the data stick. We were able to copy our entire 32GB gaming test suite in a little under five minutes, and that shows exactly where this device is going to plough a furrow for itself.

This isn't for the average punter, someone who's going to shunt about the odd file, but the professional video-editor or photographer. Someone who needs the capability of moving lots of large-scale files around, and on the move.

The only real downside for the HyperX MAX, then, is that USB 3.0 still doesn't have the ubiquity of the older interface. That said, this is going to be the fastest 120GB USB 2.0 drive out there too.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Drive
Product FamilyHyperX MAX 3.0
Brand NameKingston
Storage Capacity128 GB
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Green CompliantYes
Height12 mm
Width73.5 mm
Length118.6 mm
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product ModelSHX100U3/128G
Product Name128GB HyperX MAX 3.0 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Product LineHyperX MAX 3.0
Manufacturer Part NumberSHX100U3/128G
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

HyperX MAX 3.0 is an external USB 3.0 drive designed to make file transfer and back up faster and easier. Its durable casing and solid-state Flash components make the drive damage-resistant. It's ideal for professional photographers and videographers, who can quickly and easily back up their high-resolution images and video, or anyone on the go.

Enthusiasts and performance users can transfer large files (e.g., HD video, RAW images, AutoCAD files) faster, as HyperX MAX 3.0 utilizes USB 3.0 speed and is up to ten times faster than USB 2.0.

Packaged Quantity1
Package Contents
  • 64GB HyperX MAX 3.0 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • USB 3.0 micro-B Plug to USB 3.0 Standard-A Cable
Limited Warranty3 Year