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Patriot 128GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive with Up To 400MB/sec Read, 200MB/s Write (PEF128GSR2USB)
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- Transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s read; up to 200MB/s write
- Durable durable slide to connect design to protect the drive.
- Rubber coated housing protects from drops, spills, and daily abuse.
- Compatible with the latest and legacy versions of Windows, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, OSX and later
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The Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 is the perfect solution for those looking for both an ultra-portable form factor and the high performance transfer speeds of USB 3.0. Designed with a rubberized housing, the Supersonic Rage 2 provides excellent protection against wear and tear. With read and write speeds of up to 400MB/s (Read) and 300MB/s (Write), the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 uses high quality MLC NAND coupled with a state of the art IC controller for excellent performance when working with large file transfers. Utilizing USB 3.0 technology enables the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB 3.0 to outperform USB 2.0 flash drives by up to 10x - a large 2GB file can transfer in mere seconds. Available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB, the Supersonic Rage 2 offers plug and play compatibility with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later. Backed by Patriot's award winning customer support, the Supersonic Rage 2 carries a 5-year warranty.
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The jumps to higher resolutions and larger file sizes brought demand for higher performing devices. The struggle was balancing a reasonable price to what the product has to offer. New standards of USB evolve and release in time, bringing new USB device counterparts to compliment them.
The Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 offers a little more than expected after testing, and at half the price of the Kingston Hyper X Savage. After my experience with the Rage 2, it became a no brainer. They can both do the same thing, but the Rage 2 had a little more under the hood (while it did drag in some areas) than the Hyper X. The Hyper X $80-100 price tag for the same 128GB makes me question how good Kingston thinks their product really is (if that sounds challenging, it is meant to). It feels like an alcohol mark up with the Rage 2 being closer in price to a 128GB SSD (and with fairly comparable performance).
On the surface the Rage 2 boasts 400/200 Seq Read and Write speeds. Usually in my dealings with Sequential Read/Write speed labeling we see more of a theoretical rounding of the numbers. An OCZ Trion 150 SSD for example, boasts 550R/520W, and this is the top of the 2.5 non NVME Read/Write speeds for an SSD. I have one of these and I clocked it with Crystal Disk more realistically at 490/440. These are still good numbers. Toshiba did not lie about its ‘max capabilities’ since it is near the ceiling as is, but my point is usually you expect the numbers to be lower, and rounded up for advertising purposes.
THAT BEING SAID: The Rage 2 clocked on Crystal Disk @ 402 Read, and an astounding 372 write. This is far greater than as advertised on the sequential write portion, and just above as advertised on the read portion. Now, this is applicable using 3.1 Gen 1. If you attempt to get these speeds via a HUB, over a distance, or in a non 3.1 SS 10/GBs interface you will not achieve this.
Cool, so what does this mean for people? If you want a high performing media USB for a reasonably awesome price, the Rage 2 is that. I installed games onto it after formatting it to NTFS, creating a root steam folder, saving the games to it. I experienced low-moderate load times in games (better than my FireCuda SSHD) and now had some of my games OFF PC and on their own well performing, uncluttered drive.
This can be useful for you as well if you have a gaming laptop with a 3.1 USB or go to a buddy’s house and want to port your games with you. Some tweaking of a directory will need to be performed but it is simple and quick. Saving and watching large UHD+ files is easy, and with enough space for some movies it is great for taking with you on flights or trips so that you have a media library on the go. Most of the media should stream off of the USB fine even with 3.0 USB interface.
I did a simple heat test with my fingers after playing some games off of it for a while, there was no need to test further after touching it. It was just barely warmer than room temperature… Notably warmer but not like ‘oh wow that is getting warm/hot’ It stayed very cool. Impressive. My Silicon Power 3.0 USB drive heats up like an oven when moving video files back and forth, but the Rage 2 stayed super cool under stress loads. Whatever Patriot did to accomplish this, kudos. While I don’t think they used a specific plastic or coating, it is well encapsulated and this may add to assisting in cooling.
Idealistically it is designed to complement the 3.1 type A ports if you are looking to do things such as game from USB. It’s a neat and fun toy to have and may be perfect for you. If you are someone that just needs a portable drive for small everyday things, save a few extra bucks. This USB is a solid product packed with features (unseen by most not looking) that for the price are pretty stellar. Not all USB drives are created equal…or sold equal… and it is apparent with what Patriot was able to accomplish here.
Where the drives falls behind is the random Read/Write testing. I can honestly say it was fairly predictable that it would. Low random speeds can impact performance, but as far as I was able to determine, nothing noteworthy in real time.
Other features of the drive are its compact slider, adding to its self discretion desired by most. The drive has a micro loop to place it on a keychain or lanyard (not included). The small size and look I prefer over the large in your face, overly branded Kingston Hyper X Savage. The cherry on top is a five year warranty that tells me Patriot is confident in the Rage 2, and conveys confidence to me. I will likely outgrow this drive before its end of days are met.
I would recommend this drive, if anything I described above is what you are interested in. This type of USB drive is not only super affordable for what it has to offer (even for the every user) but gives the more enthusiastic a fun new device to add to their arsenal. I hope this was somewhat helpful! Good luck!
I want to emphasize, I'm not running with the highest-end computer in existence (it's 5.5 years old) but I was still able to get >300MBps read and write speeds with this drive. Color me impressed.
What about copying smaller files? I copied 5,422 music files totaling 31.31 GB. This took a while longer. ~46 min. For an effective write speed of ~11.4 MBps. Copying many, small files is always slower than fewer, large files. Copying those same files from the drive took ~17.5 min. For an effective speed of ~29.8 MBps. Nowhere near the speeds of the large files, but still reasonable.
I'll try these transfers from my Windows box and update this comment with those results. I'm curious to know whether there's a difference from either the OS or the hardware.
I purchased this drive after suffering through sub-4 MBps write speeds with a 128GB PNY USB 2.0 drive. I left a negative review there, because those speeds are awful, even for USB 2.0. Writing a 10.12GB file with the PNY drive took 37.5 minutes, whereas this Patriot did it in 31 seconds. This drive was 37 minutes faster, for that one case. Mind-blowing.
It's important for me to consider how long it would take to fill the entire drive. Filling the 128GB PNY drive would take over 7.5 hours with large video files. Filling up this 128GB Patriot with large video files would only take around 6.5 minutes. That difference is staggering.
I would recommend this drive to anyone who has a USB 3 drive who doesn't want to wait forever while writing or reading files.
Fasted flash drive I've ever had or used!
Did a clean install of Windows 10 ISO using this flash drive and installed in less them 3 minutes.
Put it in. Got up and opened a hard drive docking station I bought, and sat back down, and BAM! it was done. Had to be less then 3 minutes.
Decide to bench mark it.
Read speed 283.26 MB/s
Write speed 348.73 MB/s
You be the judge.