High Capacity USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 Drives Reach Price Parity

At least one online retailer has started to sell USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 high capacity drives for almost the same price; 7dayshop.com is selling a pair of 32GB USB 2.0 drives for just under £24 while selling a single 64GB USB 3.0 drive for £1 extra.

Other than the gargantuan capacity (that's 59,000 1.44MB floppy drives) and the USB 3.0 compatibility (with read speeds of up to 80MB per second and write speeds of up to 35MB per second), the drive is a bog standard one with a swivel cover, a rubber feel, a red led on light, a keyring attachment and a per GB cost of less than 40p.

It will interesting to see how far the price of flash memory drive fall. We've seen that low capacity SSD drives (like the 60GB Sandisk Ultra SSD) can be had for £40. A depressed price structure means that manufacturers are likely to focus on high capacity drives (where margins are higher) and eliminate anything under 10GB, which means that 16GB drives could become the new entry level capacity.

That aside, it will be interesting to find out the level of performance that a pair of these drives can reach in RAID-0.

Source : 7dayshop