One of my first reviews for Viperlair was a 128MB USB (1.1) Flash drive. At the time, no one was even sure if flash drives would take off, but as we now know, flash drives are everywhere. It makes so much more sense than writing to a disk. It’s cheaper, more convenient, faster; in every way a USB Flash drive is better than writing to a CD/DVD.
Choice may be a good thing, but with the amount of choice we have when it comes to a USB Flash Drive, it can often be difficult to decide on what drive to get. have sent us over a flash drive we think you’ll like. It marks all the right boxes for design and capacity, and if the documentation is correct, it’ll also be a very quick drive too. Let’s check out the .
What You Get
The packaging for the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive is a nice simple hanger. It shows you the drive in a clear sealed section on the lower front and gives you the pertinent information and features at a glance. The rear is a little light on information on the device, but the space is taken up with multi-lingual information. Everything you need to know is there at a glance and you can see the drive.
Getting the drive out of the packet involved a pair of scissors but it wasn’t a difficult thing to do, unlike some packaging which makes you feel like a weakling/idiot … unless I’m just speaking of myself in which case that’s just what I’ve heard.
Considering it’s capacity, the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive is actually pretty compact. It measures just 2” (or 5cm) in length, and it’s cap-less design means this length is unchanged even when the USB is exposed.
Patriot have gone for a nice Red and Black theme which I really like. You can also see the top has a hole for a keyring or lanyard to be attached. As this is a cap-less drive, you won’t have to worry about losing anything detachable.
On one side of the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive we have the Patriot logo, and a Rage XT motif on the other. Also indicated is the capacity.
On the other side the Rage XT motif is replaced by the simple Patriot label.
To expose the USB port, you simply push the first half across to the second half of the drive, and the casing will slide back to reveal the USB port.
All in all, it’s visually and mechanically a really good design. It’s small, but not so small as to be easily lost, and the coloring is makes it both attractive and easy to spot.
Test Setup: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz, 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer Ram @ 1600MHz, MSI P55-GD65, Silicon Power M10 32GB + Western Digital 640GB, Custom CPU Watercooling, Hiper Type M 730w PSU, Cooler Master Cosmos S Case. All latest drivers as of January 2011 and the OS is Windows 7 64bit.
– A quick and easy test that anyone can do. We downloaded, installed and ran it on our test subject.
– Finalwire AIDA64, formerly Lavalys Everest is one of our favourite utilities. Not only can it display vital system information in multiple ways, it also has a few built in benchmarks, including a Disk Benchmark.
Read/Write Small Files Collection – A collection of random small files – music files (96.9MB), text documents (24.8MB), photos (20.5MB) and a video file (350MB) – totalling 518MB in size was transferred to the drive and back again, with the time recorded for writing to and reading from the device. The test was performed three times and averages recorded.
Read/Write Large File – The small files used in the above test were then zipped into a single file of 498MB and used to test read/write times.