Reviews Patriot 128GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive with Transfer Speeds Up to 400MB/sec (PEF128GSR2USB)

Patriot 128GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive with Transfer Speeds Up to 400MB/sec (PEF128GSR2USB)

The Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 is the perfect solution for those looking for both an ultra-portable form factor and the high performance transfer speeds of USB 3.0. Designed with a rubberized housing, the Supersonic Rage 2 provides excellent protection against wear and tear. With read and write speeds of up to 400MB/s (Read), the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 uses high quality MLC NAND coupled with a state of the art IC controller for excellent performance when working with large file transfers. Utilizing USB 3.0 technology enables the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB 3.0 to outperform USB 2.0 flash drives by up to 10x - a large 2GB file can transfer in mere seconds. Available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB, the Supersonic Rage 2 offers plug and play compatibility with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later. Backed by Patriot's award winning customer support, the Supersonic Rage 2 carries a 5-year warranty.


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When it comes to USB drives, we often time do not think too much about them. They were at one point a mere way to exchange information between rigs, or carry documents with us on a keychain from home to work. As time went on, they evolved in to transferable media styled applications that we can plug into TVs, and use to watch low resolution videos, as well as share pictures from, or use to play music media.
The jumps to higher resolutions and larger file sizes brought demand for higher performing devices. The struggle was balancing a reasonable price to what the product has to offer. New standards of USB evolve and release in time, bringing new USB device counterparts to compliment them.

The Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 offers a little more than expected after testing, and at half the price of the Kingston Hyper X Savage. After my experience with the Rage 2, it became a no brainer. They can both do the same thing, but the Rage 2 had a little more under the hood (while it did drag in some areas) than the Hyper X. The Hyper X $80-100 price tag for the same 128GB makes me question how good Kingston thinks their product really is (if that sounds challenging, it is meant to). It feels like an alcohol mark up with the Rage 2 being closer in price to a 128GB SSD (and with fairly comparable performance).

On the surface the Rage 2 boasts 400/200 Seq Read and Write speeds. Usually in my dealings with Sequential Read/Write speed labeling we see more of a theoretical rounding of the numbers. An OCZ Trion 150 SSD for example, boasts 550R/520W, and this is the top of the 2.5 non NVME Read/Write speeds for an SSD. I have one of these and I clocked it with Crystal Disk more realistically at 490/440. These are still good numbers. Toshiba did not lie about its ‘max capabilities’ since it is near the ceiling as is, but my point is usually you expect the numbers to be lower, and rounded up for advertising purposes.

THAT BEING SAID: The Rage 2 clocked on Crystal Disk @ 402 Read, and an astounding 372 write. This is far greater than as advertised on the sequential write portion, and just above as advertised on the read portion. Now, this is applicable using 3.1 Gen 1. If you attempt to get these speeds via a HUB, over a distance, or in a non 3.1 SS 10/GBs interface you will not achieve this.

Cool, so what does this mean for people? If you want a high performing media USB for a reasonably awesome price, the Rage 2 is that. I installed games onto it after formatting it to NTFS, creating a root steam folder, saving the games to it. I experienced low-moderate load times in games (better than my FireCuda SSHD) and now had some of my games OFF PC and on their own well performing, uncluttered drive.

This can be useful for you as well if you have a gaming laptop with a 3.1 USB or go to a buddy’s house and want to port your games with you. Some tweaking of a directory will need to be performed but it is simple and quick. Saving and watching large UHD+ files is easy, and with enough space for some movies it is great for taking with you on flights or trips so that you have a media library on the go. Most of the media should stream off of the USB fine even with 3.0 USB interface.

I did a simple heat test with my fingers after playing some games off of it for a while, there was no need to test further after touching it. It was just barely warmer than room temperature… Notably warmer but not like ‘oh wow that is getting warm/hot’ It stayed very cool. Impressive. My Silicon Power 3.0 USB drive heats up like an oven when moving video files back and forth, but the Rage 2 stayed super cool under stress loads. Whatever Patriot did to accomplish this, kudos. While I don’t think they used a specific plastic or coating, it is well encapsulated and this may add to assisting in cooling.

Idealistically it is designed to complement the 3.1 type A ports if you are looking to do things such as game from USB. It’s a neat and fun toy to have and may be perfect for you. If you are someone that just needs a portable drive for small everyday things, save a few extra bucks. This USB is a solid product packed with features (unseen by most not looking) that for the price are pretty stellar. Not all USB drives are created equal…or sold equal… and it is apparent with what Patriot was able to accomplish here.

Where the drives falls behind is the random Read/Write testing. I can honestly say it was fairly predictable that it would. Low random speeds can impact performance, but as far as I was able to determine, nothing noteworthy in real time.

Other features of the drive are its compact slider, adding to its self discretion desired by most. The drive has a micro loop to place it on a keychain or lanyard (not included). The small size and look I prefer over the large in your face, overly branded Kingston Hyper X Savage. The cherry on top is a five year warranty that tells me Patriot is confident in the Rage 2, and conveys confidence to me. I will likely outgrow this drive before its end of days are met.

I would recommend this drive, if anything I described above is what you are interested in. This type of USB drive is not only super affordable for what it has to offer (even for the every user) but gives the more enthusiastic a fun new device to add to their arsenal. I hope this was somewhat helpful! Good luck!

Love the read and write speeds on this drive. If you're considering a USB 2 drive to save a few bucks, you might reconsider. A good USB 3 drive, like this one, will save you hours and hours of time over the course of the drive. For some real-world testing, I copied 3 video files, totaling 22.81 GB. I used an NTFS partition, with Paragon NTFS on my 2012 Macbook Pro with an SSD. Writing to the drive took ~69s. That's ~330.6 MBps. Reading from the drive took ~76s. That's ~300.1 MBps.

I want to emphasize, I'm not running with the highest-end computer in existence (it's 5.5 years old) but I was still able to get >300MBps read and write speeds with this drive. Color me impressed.

What about copying smaller files? I copied 5,422 music files totaling 31.31 GB. This took a while longer. ~46 min. For an effective write speed of ~11.4 MBps. Copying many, small files is always slower than fewer, large files. Copying those same files from the drive took ~17.5 min. For an effective speed of ~29.8 MBps. Nowhere near the speeds of the large files, but still reasonable.

I'll try these transfers from my Windows box and update this comment with those results. I'm curious to know whether there's a difference from either the OS or the hardware.

I purchased this drive after suffering through sub-4 MBps write speeds with a 128GB PNY USB 2.0 drive. I left a negative review there, because those speeds are awful, even for USB 2.0. Writing a 10.12GB file with the PNY drive took 37.5 minutes, whereas this Patriot did it in 31 seconds. This drive was 37 minutes faster, for that one case. Mind-blowing.

It's important for me to consider how long it would take to fill the entire drive. Filling the 128GB PNY drive would take over 7.5 hours with large video files. Filling up this 128GB Patriot with large video files would only take around 6.5 minutes. That difference is staggering.

I would recommend this drive to anyone who has a USB 3 drive who doesn't want to wait forever while writing or reading files.

I just pulled this drive out of my pants pocket after being washed in a washing machine with detergent for 45 minutes and put into a dryer for over 1 hour. I mistakenly left the drive in my pants pocket and the THING STILL WORKS, not only did it survive, it literally works 100% no errors , every single file is still on it, I cannot believe it, I was ready to order a new one! I'm amazed! I used a tiny metal pick to remove lint from the port!

Outstanding product - exceeds expectation!

I am not paid to write a review and in fact write few reviews. Occasionally you receive a product that is just amazing.

Okay, on a 3.1 USB port this thumb drive peaked at over 1.3gb transfer rate (read rate) on a 3.3gb GoPro video. No joke, I blinked and the 3.3gb file was transferred.

So now I thought, lets try a bunch of GoPro video in a 12gb folder. Well not nearly as impressive, but still delivered a sustained 375 to 383mb transfer rate.

In sum, if you are looking for a thumb drive that truly delivers as advertised this is the one - no joke!!!!

Write speeds were a tad bit disappointing (as compared with the insane read speed), between 180 and 280mb, the larger the file the slower write speed.

This is a little slower than my Lexar P20. I use this to capture video directly in RAW format. I create 13Gb files in a few seconds when doing this (generally I do 6000 frames at approximately 55fps). This is plenty fast for this, and is USB3 (so you don't need fancy 3.1 or anything). When copying these large video files off the drive, it generally copies around 115Mbps, so it's fast, not the fastest, but fast enough for its cost and capacity. Overall satisfied, for the cost, $38!

Wow! I've never used a stick this fast. While it says up to 400MB yada yada yada, the real world consists of small files and odd setups that just take longer.

But still, I was getting 190MB on this one. I've used a LOT of usb sticks and rarely have ever gotten over 100MB, and once in a while in the 120's, and usually only peaks.

It wasn't 400MB with perfect lab files, but it was blazing fast and I'm very pleased. It never dropped below 150MB, I'll take that any day. I got 2 and they both performed identically. Tip Top!

This is the fastest drive I've ever owned. In initial testing, I was getting about 271 Mbps read and 256 Mbps on write. I'm happy so far -- I can copy my VMs between machines with ease. There are a few times when it seems to slow down during large transfers (even if the files are large, and there isn't anything else running on my PC), but I wasn't able to isolate that to the drive itself (so it may have been an error on Windows). Overall, I do recommend this drive.

Right now, this seems to be one of the most economical ways to get half a terabyte of solid-state storage in a compact USB stick. It is easy to use, and seems quite sturdy. There are no springs or buttons to fail; you pull out and push in the USB jack manually and it stays in place through friction. No operational problems and no "bloatware" preloaded on the stick.

Dang!

Fasted flash drive I've ever had or used!

Did a clean install of Windows 10 ISO using this flash drive and installed in less them 3 minutes.

Put it in. Got up and opened a hard drive docking station I bought, and sat back down, and BAM! it was done. Had to be less then 3 minutes.

1/17/18
Decide to bench mark it.
Read speed 283.26 MB/s
Write speed 348.73 MB/s
You be the judge.

TWM
This is a nice thumb drive. Very fast and a little big. I didn't like the slide cover as it doesn't click lock in place, meaning it just slides. When handling the USB jack does not stay covered. No big deal but if you have a cover shouldn't stay covered?
As drives go because it is fast it is good for someone who has larger transfers to do. I am sure it will work well for any application but fast is cool. If you plan to are use it for music storage other than loading a complete library into it, the rest of the time you can't use its speed. Just a thought.
I like it I and would get another.

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