As files keep getting larger, there is a need to keep increasing the size of devices to transfer these files. Today Patriot has brought us a 64 GB flash drive.
At one time, it was believed that the 1.44 megabytes of data that a floppy drive held was more than enough. Now we realize that this is not the case. Files keep on getting larger and there’s no sign of that slowing down. This has given rise to the need for larger and larger capacity storage devices such as flash drives. Today, the largest flash drive available at larger retailers is 64 GB. Patriot has sent us their crack at making a supurb 64 GB flash drive. Will it compare to other makers’ efforts in the field?
A plus for many people when it comes to flash drives is that they are much smaller than portable hard drives. Many times they only need a storage device on the fly. Portable hard drives are just too bulky to carry around all the time. Then comes the argument of space, but 64 GB this is no longer a issue.
One drawback that should seem obvious is its sheer storage space, and how it manages it. Generally, larger hard drives take longer to read and write information. Can these same concepts apply to a flash drive?
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|I M A G E C A P A B I L I T I E S
(Approximate number of images per card)
|Type of Camera||*File Size (MB)||128MB||256MB||512MB||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB|
|M U S I C C A P A B I L I T I E S
(Approximate number of minutes per card)
|CPU||Intel Q9550 @ 3.7 GHz|
|Motherboard||DFI X48 T3RS|
|Case||Tagan El Diablo Advance|
|Memory||G.Skill Pi 1333 @ 1454, 6-6-6-14|
|Video Card||Sapphire 4850 Dual Slot|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital SE16 640 GB|
|Cdrom Drive||Lite On IDE DVD Burner|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX1000W|
|Operating System Used||Microsoft Windows Vista 64 bit Ultimate|
|Type of Software Used During Testing||Sisoftware Sandra, HD Tach, HD Tune|
For each test I used a Corsair Voyager Mini and a Sandisk Cruizer Micro to provide a comparison between the Patriot and similar flash drives. This will also serve as a comparison between sizes of memory. The Corsair is a 4 GB drive and the Cruizer is a 1 GB drive. Each test was done twice to be sure that no random numbers where obtained. For HD Tune, I used the Benchmark tab. I then recorded the average read, latency, and burst speed.
HD Tune 3.1
The higher the burst speed the better, the lower the access the better, and the higher the read the better. The Corsair drive was the clear winner in the read and burst categories. It completely smashed the competition, but the Patriot had the lowest access time, thus evening out the field a bit. Despite its small size, the Sandisk did not pose a threat. In fact, it was beaten by a fair margin by the Patriot drive.
As with the last test, the higher the burst speed the better, the lower the access the better, and the higher the read the better. The Patriot was the clear winner here. It easily managed almost two times the performance over the Corsair drive.
The results were exactly the same in this test as the last one, except a 0.1 increase in burst speed on the Corsair drive. The Patriot drive is doing very well so far, especially for it being 16 times bigger than the Corsair drive and 64 times bigger than the Sandisk drive.
In this test the higher the score the better. Once again the Patriot drive wins out over the other drives. The Patriot went 2 for 3, quite an impressive streak. I was really disappointed in how bad the Sandisk performed. I was really expecting it to do the best since it has the least memory to manage, but this proved to be the opposite.
With access to faster internet there is even more need for massive amounts of space. Patriot attacks this need with their 64 GB flash drive. It does the job exceptionally, even being able to compete and in many cases beat other similar flash drives. This is a very amazing accomplishment for a flash drive that is so much bigger than the competition. The performance for the size was my only really real concern with this flash drive, but that concern was quickly shot down when I saw the test results.
The price is the only big downfall of this drive. With a MSRP of $150, you can buy a 1 TB hard drive for less than this. That is just the cost of portability. If you happen to not mind carrying around a hard drive, then I would suggest grabbing a hard drive and enclosure. You will get more space for your money. For the size this drive is simply an unbeatable storage solution.
Though it is a fair margin larger than other flash drives, its not overly large. If you are on the fence about buying one of these drives because of the size, then I suggest you get one. I was easily able to put it in my pocket. This drive really is a great all in one drive no matter what data you have to store, and you can be sure you will have enough speed and space.
+ Storage space
- Larger than others