Patriot PEF4G200USB Xporter XT High Speed USB Flash DriveFormer staff writer - May 30, 2007
I will test the speed of this drive by comparing it to a generic 1GB drive that I bought for $15 at a local PC store. I will be using a program called Flash Drive Toolkit to test these drives. Flash Drive Toolkit is a relatively new program and totally new to OCC. As I do not have the full registered version, I cannot run all the tests included, some of which are limited only to reading data and not writing. Some of the things that are able to be done with this tool-kit are very handy indeed if you had the full version, such as backup and recovery.
I will then make three files on my desktop and write these files to the drives. I will check to see how long it takes to copy them to the drives for a real-world look at how they may compare. The files I will be using are 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB in size for the real-world test.
- Intel Conroe 6700 at 3.6 GHz
- Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
- OCZ EL DDR2-1000 Platinum XTC 4-5-4-15 (2 x 1GB)
- BFG GeForce 7600 gt oc
- OCZ GameXtreme 600 watt PSU
- Western Digital 250GB SATA
- Lite-On DVDRW LH-20A1P
- Windows XP Pro SP2
As you can see from this shot of the Flash Memory Toolkit, there is a lot of information that can be had from this program. In the error test screen-shots below, even though I could only do the read part of the test, the results will show the individual speeds of the flash drives that I tested.
These charts below represent the values that were recorded from the “Low Level Benchmark” showing you the “Average MB/s” and the “Average Speed( X )” respectively. In each case, higher values are better.
For the file benchmark, I will show the results from using a 5MB file which in this case did use the “read” and “write” capabilities of the benchmark. These results are in KB/s with higher results being better.
Here are the results from the real-world write tests of the files I had created on my desktop. The values in the graphs will be in seconds with less being better. As you will see below, the Patriot Xporter XT drive destroys the generic drive!
Yeah, this Patriot drive really moves the data! It is the new default drive that I will be using at my house.