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Patriot 256GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive with Up To 400MB/sec Read, 300MB/s Write (PEF256GSR2USB)
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- Transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s read; up to 300MB/s write
- Durable durable slide to connect design to protect the drive.
- Rubber coated housing protects from drops, spills, and daily abuse.
- Compatible with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X
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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!
The drive is small enough to not interfere with adjacent USB ports, but large enough that it won't easily be lost.
It has a red LED activity light! A feature that used to be ubiquitous, but is now commonly left off of portable storage (however, it's something I still consider to be important).
My only gripe is the crappy sliding end protector. Instead of a removable cap, or a sliding USB connector, the forward part of the body slides back and forth to protect the USB plug. However, it does not have sufficient friction or detent to keep it in place and is pretty much useless. Put it in your pocket and when you take it out the cover will have slid back leaving the plug exposed (ironically, the detent in the open position holds well). It might as well not even be there. Fortunately, USB drives are pretty robust, so it's unlikely the crappy sliding cover will affect longevity. I still would prefer if it worked the way it was supposed to. I'd even prefer a removable cap to this (it really is useless).
The lanyard loop is also very small and made of plastic, so those of you who want to attach it to a keychain might find that an additional problem.
To me those gripes are a small price to pay for the performance, which is outstanding, but I did deduct one star since neither of those problems would have been hard to avoid. If Patriot could fix those two problems it would be a 5+ star device!
I have now had a chance to run Crystal DiskMark on this drive, and I must say the results were surprising. Sequential read/write were quite fast. Low-end SSD territory. Random reads were slow for a "high performance" drive (comparable to cheap USB 3.0 flash drives, and only a little faster than fast USB 2.0 drives). But it was the random writes that shocked me! They were horrible! Like 0.03MB/s or worse! That's sub <$10 USB 2.0 drive performance.
So, if you are going to use this drive with large files it should be great. If your intended use is for lots of very small files, then look elsewhere. Personally I use it for large media files, ISO images, and to boot a diagnostic operating system, and for that it's been working pretty well.
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