We're less concerned than ever about the lack of native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support on motherboards, in part because it's coming, but also because third-party USB 3.0 chips are getting the job done without jacking up consumer costs. It's getting tough to buy a modern motherboard or computer system without USB 3.0 ports anymore -- not that you'd want to -- and it's time for device makers to step up to the plate. Coming up to bat is Corsair, which hit a solid triple by announcing the availability of USB 3.0 versions of its Flash Voyager GT, Flash Voyager, and Flash Survivor product lines.
The Flash Voyager GT leads the pack in terms of performance with up to 135MB/s read and up to 83MB/s write speeds. These drives look the same as their USB 2.0 brethren with a water-resistant rubber housing and rounded edges.
Corsair's Flash Voyager sports a redesigned body style that's shorter than before (73mm versus 100mm) and slightly slimmer (22mm versus 26mm). It has the same rubber housing as the GT version and tops out at up to 70MB/s read and 19MB/s write speeds.
Finally, the USB 3.0 Flash Survivor ships in the same anodized aircraft-grade aluminum housing as the USB 2.0 version, is waterproof to 200 meters, and its solid-state electronics are shock and vibration-resistant, just like before. As for speed, Corsair only said it benefits from "the added boost of USB 3.0" but didn't drop any hard numbers.