This year marked the beginning of a transition from SATA 3Gb/s to SATA 6Gb/s, with AMD already implementing this technology into their latest chipsets, and also from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. Both have the potential to help drive demand for SSD technology, but we feel the latter in particular is much more overdue, coming at a time when the aging USB 2.0 standard has become tremendously inefficient and is failing to meet today's demands for portable storage.
Although widespread adoption of USB 3.0 is still some way off, with the right motherboard it's possible to take advantage of newly released drives sporting the SuperSpeed interface -- a handful of which are based on speedy SSD technology. Of course when talking about any product and using the words SSD and USB 3.0 in the same sentence, it's fair to assume that it is going to be anything but affordable.
That's the case with the new OCZ Enyo, which costs $220 for just 64GB of storage, while the bigger 128GB and 256GB devices cost around $410 and $780 each. If mobility and speed is what you are looking for, however, the Enyo might be worth every penny with its claimed transfer rates of up to 260MB/s for reads and 200MB/s for writing data. We know OCZ has made it their business to be at the forefront of SSD technology, so let's find out if they can live up to their ambitions with this USB 3.0-compatible portable SSD.