Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive

Posted by on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:00am

patriot xporter rage xtPatriot has several flash drives available to the consumer. There is the Bolt, Magnum, Boost and several others, but today we will be taking a look at the Xporter Rage XT. The Rage XT is not just a tiny drive with large amount of storage capacity, but a multi-channel configuration that allows data to be transferred simultaneously to four different NAND modules at once. This allows for a quick transfer rate as well as better data security.

Introduction to the Patriot Xporter XT Rage

For the past few months it seems like when storage media is talked about, all that comes up in the conversation is solid state drives or USB 3.0. Granted, each is a great way to store data. One is simply fast and has no moving parts that will inevitably fail, the other is so new there isn’t really much even available for it outside of adapters or docks. There is another that we seem to have forgotten about: the flash drive. The flash drive, thumb drive, pen drive... whatever you want to call them it is still the easiest and fastest way to get data from point A to point B. Better yet, be able to do it without having to pay a lot of money for it.

Patriot has several flash drives available to the consumer. There is the Bolt, Magnum, Boost and several others, but today we will be taking a look at the Xporter Rage XT. The Rage XT is not just a tiny drive with large amount of storage capacity, but a multi-channel configuration that allows data to be transferred simultaneously to four different NAND modules at once. This allows for a quick transfer rate as well as better data security.

Patriot's take on the Xporter XT Rage

The Patriot Extreme Performance Xporter XT Rage is a USB Flash Drive with both performance and functionality. Featuring an innovative Quad Channel configuration, data is intelligently managed and transferred simultaneously to 4 NAND chips resulting in vastly enhanced performance, particularly write speeds: Rage improves on traditional USB 2.0 Flash Drives to offer up to 27MB/s read and 25MB/s write transfer speeds. Functionality and durability is designed in to the Rage with its rubber coating on the housing and retractable USB connector: the Rage is easier to hold and use, more durable to drops and daily abuse and the connector is protected when not in use. The Patriot Xporter Rage is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and carries a lifetime warranty.


Specifications

  • Quad Channel technology for fast read/write performance
  • up to 27MB/s Read
  • up to 25MB/s Write
  • Durable design extends the life of your drive
  • Rubber coated housing protects from drops, spills, daily abuse
  • Retractable design protects USB connector when drive not in use

Closer look

Patriot's Rage XT is a tiny little thing and looks pretty decent for a flash drive. Those looks don't just sit there like a statue either, they are functional as well. As you can see there is no cap to hide the USB connectior, by gripping the drive on each end, then pushing together or pulling apart will either expose or hide the USB connector. I really like this idea as I have lost many caps to flash drives over the years. When that happens it kind of make you not want to carry the drive anymore.

The Rage XT is made of a real durable plastic that sports a nice rubberized coating to help protect the drive from drops or other types of every day abuse. As we mentioned earlier, the drive is quite short, but that sacrifice in length comes at a... well, small cost. As a result the drive is a little thicker than most, which could like cause some clearance issues if your USB ports are close and you're trying to use both drives at the same time.


Testing

Before we get into the testing portion of the article I would like to show how Windows reads the drive, which as you can see all of the drive's available capacity is useable. At least by how drive makers label capacities.  

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 655K @ 4.2GHz at 1.4 volts
Ram: OCZ DDR3 1600 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD 5750 Crossfire
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Scythe Yasya
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Results

We placed the Patriot Xporter XT Rage up against the likes of one of my favorite flash drives, the 8GB Super Talent Fireball. The Fireball has proven itself to be one of the fastest drives on the market. 


Patriot Xporter XT Rage Sandra flash drive performance test


Super Talent Fireball Sandra flash drive performance test


Conclusion

One cannot help but to like the Patriot Xporter XT Rage, thanks in part to its very rugged exterior build up, but also its very small size. The drive can take drops from a fair distance and keep working like a charm, and it is smaller than most 32GB flash drives on the market whether closed or opened.

The speed performance of the Xporter XT is a catch 22 as transferring large files is very speedy. The transfer rate of smaller files is not as fast but reasonable. Chances are you will use such a flash drive to transport music maybe video and other larger files which is idea reason to have the Xporter XT Rage handy.

At $70 or so the Rage flash drive is quite competitively priced with other performance models, but about the same as a external 320GB to 500GB drive. Price-wise the advantage goes to the external drive, but that means you will have to suffer through the pain of having to carry around a much bulkier item, plus the USB cable. Not the case with the Patriot Xporter XT Rage. However, if you do not need this much space you can elect to get the 16GB model which goes for about $35.

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