New Kingston thumb drive hits 100MB/s read speed

The ultimate fate of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt is still undecided, but one thing's for sure: hardware makers are cranking out a substantial number of USB 3.0 devices. The latest one of those devices is the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2, which Kingston introduced earlier today as its "fastest USB Flash drive."

While not particularly speedy by SSD standards, Kingston's new baby is more than a cut above your typical thumb drive. The official spec sheet quotes top read speeds of 100MB/s and top write speeds of 70MB/s. You'll need to hook up the drive to a blue-tinged SuperSpeed port to enjoy that kind of performance, of course—through a regular USB 2.0 port, Kingston says the new DataTraveler will only do about 30MB/s both ways.

The potential for higher performance doesn't come cheap. Kingston's cheapest DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 drive, which has a 16GB capacity, will set you back $77. The 32GB and 64GB models cost $116 and $213, respectively. That's a tad steep when you remember that, these days, a 64GB solid-state drive can be purchased for only $124.

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