We decided to compare the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB pen drive against OCZ's slightly older but still current model Rally2 4GB pen drive as well as an older Sony Vaio Microvault 2GB pen drive (USM2GJ-B to be exact), which we had kicking around.
Each drive was freshly formatted before testing, using its default settings (file system and default allocation size). Likewise, all testing was completed with no other USB devices plugged into the test system, besides keyboard and mouse.
As we mentioned earlier, Patriot's Xporter Magnum 64GB drive uses MLC flash memory, which doesn't typically suffer any read speed slowdowns, but can suffer sometimes when it comes to writing. OCZ's Rally2 uses faster and more expensive SLC flash memory - it will be interesting to see how both compare as each use dual-channel technology. We are not sure on the exact details with the Sony 2GB drive.
We used both HD Speed (for read and burst) and CrystalDiskMark (for write) to perform the testing. Ideally we would have used HD Tune Pro for all testing, but that software requires partitions to be removed and we couldn't remove the partition on the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB pen drive, no matter what we tried.
- Average Read Speeds
In our first test which focuses on read speed, we can see that the new Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB is well out in front of the OCZ Rally2 and completely killed the older Sony pen drive.
This is a good indication of the performance increase you can see by investing some dollars in buying the latest pen drives on the market.
- Sequential Write Speeds
In this test we used CrystalDiskMark for writing testing. Even though the OCZ Rally2 pen drive is probably almost two years old now, it managed to beat the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB here. We put this down to the fact that the OCZ drive is using SLC flash versus the Patriot drive, which is using cheaper MLC flash memory.
Since SLC is considerably more expensive than MLC, this type of result should turn out being typical for these very large pen drives. But as SLC is too costly for the average consumer, it's not really an ideal choice.
- Read Burst Speeds
More or less just for interest sakes, we ran some read burst speed tests and these results pretty much mirror the average read speed tests we saw above.