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Active Media Products Rolls Out Aviator-2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External SSDs

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Active Media Products, manufacturer of SSDs and innovative USB drives, today launched the new Aviator-2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external 2.5-inch SSDs, which offer a 400% performance gain compared to USB 2.0 external HDDs.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer speeds up to 4.8Gbits/sec -- ten times faster than USB 2.0. Aviator-2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external SSDs take advantage of USB 3.0's massive bandwidth, delivering unprecedented performance in a mobile flash storage device. Measuring just over 3 x 5 inches, the Aviator-2 is slim enough to slip into a jacket pocket.

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Nice that it comes with a USB cable, maybe they all do, just not pictured. But I didn't know this:

USB 2.0 cables worked off of four lines – a pair for in/out data transfer, one line for power, and the last for grounding. USB 3.0 adds five new lines (the cable is noticeably thicker), but the new contacts sit parallel to the old ones on a different plane, as opposed to being adjacent to them.

Was browsing one local website and saw a blue USB 3.0 cable on the list, similar to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816140&cm_re=usb_3.0-_-12-816-140-_-Product

So how much of speed would you get with an older cable, max 480Mbps? USB 2.0 isn't maxing out it's specs not even close so USB 3.0 devices with older cables should still be faster?
 

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SSD that needs a power adapter = fail.
 

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$35 for the enclosure alone? awesome!

USB 2.0 will give you 2.0 speeds OnBoard. You need the extra wires for the extra power/speed.

USB 2.0 IS maxing out its specs, well and truly... its a half duplex standard, so when they say 480Mb, thats both directions - 240Mb (~30MB/s) each direction.

Xenos: where does it mention that an SSD needs a power adaptor?
A USB 2.0 power cable is included to meet the high power requirements of some HDDs, but the supplemental power is not needed with the Predator SSD installed