Tuesday, September 14th 2010

Kingston Announces its First USB 3.0 Flash Drives: Data Traveller Ultimate Series

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping its first USB 3.0 Flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive takes advantage of the faster USB 3.0 specification that has up to ten times the data transfer rates of the current USB 2.0 specification.

The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a read speed of 80 MB/sec. and a write speed of 60MB/sec. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The combination of speed and size makes it ideal for data backup or fast transferring of large files including music, photos and videos. To ensure backwards compatibility, Kingston is also including a Y cable as some USB 2.0 ports require it to initialize USB 3.0 drives.
"USB 3.0 is the next major milestone in Flash memory for USB products and Kingston wants to have a solution in the marketplace for early adopters," said Andrew Ewing, USB business manager, Kingston. "The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is our first USB 3.0 Flash drive offering and is designed for enthusiasts who like to embrace new technology before it goes mainstream."

During internal testing, a 1 hour 44 minute movie (3.9GB) was written to the drive in 1 minute 13 seconds. Similarly, a 2 hour 23 minute DVD (4.4GB) transferred to the drive at a fast 1 minute 23 seconds(+).

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Features and Specifications:
  • Capacities*: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Requirements: system with USB 3.0 port
  • Backwards compatible**: with USB 2.0
  • Speed***: data transfer rates for USB 3.0 up to 80MB/sec. read and 60MB/sec. write;
  • USB 2.0: approximately 30MB/sec. read and 30MB/sec. write
  • Dimensions: 2.90" x 0.87" x 0.63" (73.70 mm x 22.20 mm x 16.10 mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32 degrees to 140 degrees F (0 degrees to 60 degrees C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4 degrees to 185 degrees F (-20 degrees to 85 degrees C)
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0

Part Number

Capacity and Features

MSRP (U.S. only).


16GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB Flash Drive

$ 89.00


32GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB Flash Drive

$ 138.00


64GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB Flash Drive

$ 270.00

(+) Test system: Gigabyte P55A-UD4P motherboard; Intel Core i5 670 processor; 8GB HyperX (KHX1600C9D3K2/4G) system memory; SSDNow V+ (SNVP325-S2/128GB); Windows 7 Professional x64

* Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston's Flash Memory Guide.

** Includes USB 2.0 Y cable. Some USB 2.0 ports may require the Y-cable to initialize the drive.
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8 Comments on Kingston Announces its First USB 3.0 Flash Drives: Data Traveller Ultimate Series

All is fine except butt ugly case. Why can't they make them like those slightly older Kingston DataTraveler DTI 8GB. Black color and slide connector. I still have it and it's really durable, very neutral looking and can be fit into tight spots. Not sure where to stick this fat f**k on some front panels or netbooks/notebooks with USB's packed close together...
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Wile E
Power User
The Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Drive 16GB is cheaper and looks better, and probably has the same internals.
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Well It's progress... Slow, Late, Still too expensive... but progress.
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Give 'em a break, guys. C'mon, this is Kingston, not just any brand! What? You thought the brand stamp comes for free too, didn't ya? :laugh: Gotta love the aluminum wrap over the cheap plastic mold ...
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Fishfaced Nincompoop
I still think the Sandisk Cruzer Micro has the best design of any memory stick.

I got the new model a couple of months ago, and the major flaw is that it did not come with the little ring and the hole for it was placed in such a way that it's impossible to get anything there. Do not like. :(

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Vanguard Beta Tester
Na I think the best looking drive is the Lexar drive. :D

But the Kingston drive looks as plain as the rest :ohwell: , but hey, If it does the job? Who cares!

By the way, does usb 3.0 work faster with Microsoft ready boost?
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Frick said:

That's the one I have and I admit I bought it on looks alone. Most of the Kingston ones I've seen look pathetic. Plus I didn't want one with a cap because I always loose it.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i think they look good.
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