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2010 Thumb Drive Roundup - 16 USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Drives Prodded and Tested

By Chris Ramseyer from Nov 1, 2010 @ 4:36 CDT
Manufacturer: TweakTown

Patriot Boost


Patriot Memory offers several drives under the Xporter category. The Boost is a full rubberized unit that is available in 4, 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Newegg lists the 4GB model at 12.99, 8GB at 17.99, 16GB at 35.99 and the 32GB drive at 68.99.




Here we see the retail packaging.




The rubber surface gives the Xporter Boost a lot of grip and the back of the drive holds the cap when in use.




The only down side is that you can't use the cap holder if you have the drive attached to a keychain or other attachment.




We tested the 32GB model for today's article.




The Boost maxed our USB 2.0 connection on the read speed, close to 35MB/s. The write speeds dipped down to around 12.5MB/s.


Patriot Magnum


The big daddy in Patriot's flash drive line up is the Magnum. With only two capacities available; 64 and 128GB, the Magnum is a large drive that is made to hold a lot of data.


Newegg lists the 64GB Magnum at 89.99 after a mail in rebate and the 128GB model at 209.99 after the same 50 Dollar rebate.




Here we see the retail package.




The Patriot Magnum doesn't come cheap, but it does come with a nice accessory package. Included is a lanyard and USB 2.0 extension cable.




The Magnum is an all-aluminum drive; even the cap is aluminum making this a very high quality unit.




We tested the amazingly large 128GB Magnum.




In our early tests we learned that the Patriot Magnum has a read speed of almost 32MB/s and is able to write at 18.5MB/s.


Patriot Rage


The Patriot Rage was featured in an article just recently. You can find the full review here. The Rage is available in four capacity sizes.


Newegg lists the 8GB model at 20.99, 16GB at 36.99, 32GB at 66.99 and the 64GB model at 139.99. Due to its quad channel design the Patriot Rage has the potential to be the fastest USB 2.0 drive in this round up. We will have to wait until all of the results are tallied to know for sure.




Here we see the retail packaging.




Patriot has designed the Rage to be a very small, yet fast thumb drive. Mighty Mouse would be proud.




The drive actually gets smaller when in use. The outside protective cover slides back to reveal the data connector.




In early testing we observed a read speed of 30MB/s and a write speed of around 25.5MB/s.


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