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I was wondering, why are vendors over hyping USB 3.0 so much now.

They are advertising it as 'amazingly fast' @ 3,200 MBPS, but the thing is, the fastest hard drive I have ever seen, was a £350 256GB Sata 6Gbps SSD, which, might as well go inside the case as a boot drive. The storage drive will the be used for external, and these, I have never seen hit 150MBPS let alone 3,200MBps. What's with the hype?

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asked Feb 16 '11 at 17:06

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Tim Fontana

As we know, USB has been around forever and currently manufacturers and hard drive makers have geared their drives toward this market.

All new things are hyped to get people to invest capital now and allow justification of keeping the technology alive. You can't achive those speeds now, but who's to say that in 5 years time they won't be? This, in a time when usb 2.0 will seem as slow and as much of a relic as usb 1.0 does now. Although USB 2.0 will continue to play a vital role for connecting slow peripherals such as HCI devices, printers and other devices that need USB 2.0 power, but not usb 3.0 speed.

You have to think outside of now. Think long term.

answered Feb 16 '11 at 18:40

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You have to first create a new technology to then create products compatible with it. There is for example a LaCie external hard drive that supports USB 3 and has impressive speeds..

answered Feb 16 '11 at 17:14

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It's just because consumers are more accustom to USB and they are deterred by things like firewire.

answered Feb 17 '11 at 00:28

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Additional transfer speed is nothing to scoff at, especially if you are transferring large files. For storage, backup, and high speed data transfer, USB 3.0 will be a well needed upgrade. Hardware manufacturers still have to catch up, but with potential for 3K+ MBps transfer, backups will be far less of a chore with the next gen hardware that really brings the speed to life.

answered Feb 17 '11 at 00:57

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