Comments about Patriot 512GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive with Up to 400MB/sec Read, 300MB/s Write (PEF512GSR2USB)

Patriot 512GB Supersonic Rage 2 Series USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive with Up to 400MB/sec Read, 300MB/s Write (PEF512GSR2USB)
Transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s Read; up to 300MB/s Write
Durable slide to connect design to protect the Drive.
Rubber coated housing protects from drops, spills, and daily abuse.
Backwards compatible with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB 1.0
Compatible with legacy and current versions of Windows, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, osx, and later

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+
Comments:
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!

When I first received this drive, I reformatted it NTFS and later ext4. Both of those are journalling file systems, and this drive does not work well in that mode. I got terrible performance, particularly with small files. At one point I installed Linux on it, only to find that an older medium-performance drive booted 8 (count-em 8) times faster than this drive.

Because it has such high ratings, I thought I would experiment with it. I then formatted it exFat, and found it to be very fast, as advertised. Apparently it does very poorly with a journalled file system. It does very well with a non-journaled file system. I tried exFat cluster sizes from 4KB to 128KB. It transferred considerably faster with larger cluster sizes, but there was no clear point where it dropped significantly. I finally settled on 64KB clusters as the sweet spot between size efficiency and speed. This means that every file (even a 1-byte) file burns 64K on disk. So this is a good size for photos, audio and video files, which most people store on Flash drives.

Formatted exFAT 64KB, I was able to write typical media files at speeds from 50 to 130 MB/s, and read media files at speeds from 100 to 300 MB/s, with small files on the low end and large files on the high end.

If you have a lot of small files, or if you prefer to format your flash drive with NTFS or ext4, I suggest you buy a different drive. This drive is abysmal in that service.

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.

My Patriot 512GB drive, formatted out of the package as FAT32, capacity is 469GB of useable space.

I have not completed speed/file size testing with a drive/disk utility (Crystal Disk Mark, HD Tune Pro, ATTO) yet and will update that shortly with pics.

Speed observed depends on the USB port type you use it with (red USB 3.1, blue USB 3.0, black USB 2.0), and also file size. Smaller files transfer slower.

Typically, in a blue USB 3.0 port, you should see 20MB/sec speeds on small, 3-5MB (smaller jpeg pictures or MP3) files.

On larger files, such as what i typically use, over 1GB in size, on blue USB 3.0, 235MB/sec and up seems typical so far.

On tiny system files, small Word/Excel files, speeds well below 5MB/sec is normal, no matter if its a black USB 2.0, blue USB 3.0, or red USB 3.1 port.

On USB 3.1, large files, i have seen 320+MB/sec sustained, this is on native USB 3.1 (typiCally RED and labelled SS) ports on a modern motherboard.

Small size files take longer to transfer, larger files take less time on speedier ports.

Thats as simple and succinct as i can explain USB type variants and file size variances based on speed.

Now on to the drive itself...

The black parts are covered in a rubberized coating, similar to rubberized coatings found on the interiors of BMW's that scratch, knick, and get sticky over time.

The extension/moveable part i dont expect to hold up. The USB port itself is open and exposed, and entirely plastic, as with all portable USB drives supplied without caps.

The lanyard/keyring hole is perhaps 1.5mm at its widest, and on a rather thin area, so unsuitable for lanyard/keyring usage.

While it performs admirably, it belongs in a drawer or a safe pocket while not in use...

Overall, its small, fast, but fragile. Price is great. I wish they made a capped metal version close to this price and in this capacity.

I use it mostly for OS disk backups, mass file transfers, or project migration between systems.

This is the best usb Flash I ever had. It is early, but I am giving it a work out and its now the only flash I use for moving videos around, I Love It ! I waited for the price to come down, and wasted more money on much slower flashes. Now I have to give the slow flashes away. Fine with me. I have a couple of the older Patriot flashes (64g) and couldn't believe how fast they are, so I was dying to get this newer one. This one is Faster, I Love It so far. There were some comments that they had long term problems with this one, but I had to get it, Hope I get Lucky,

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!

This drive is very fast, never had flash drive this quick. Granted I've never spent alot on one either.
This is connected to computer with samsung 512gb 860 pro ssd. File transfer size is 5.5GB. Usb 3.0. Its reading the flash drive (drive to ssd) at 1.27gb/s I'm not kidding like 4secs to move 5.5gb to ssd. Now writing 5.5gb to ssd isnt as fast I'm seeing speeds of 127mb/s write speeds.

Idc what anyone says that's fast, real fast for flash drive. I couldn't believe its read speeds.

If you need fast flash drive for a acceptable price, get this you wont be disappointed specially if you need drive that reads fast... my mind is still blown by 1.27gb/s.

In my first review I said : "This USB flash drive is a joke - read/write speed 30/30 MBps. Specs announced by the manufacturer are completely wrong. Avoid this product if you can."

In fact I have a problem with my laptop where the last USB 3.0 drivers from the laptop manufacturer weren't properly installed. After upgrade my USB 3.0 drivers, I could unleach the potential of this USB drive which run actually exactly as described by Patriot (read-write : 400 MB/s - 200 MB/s). The speed is not stable but it's really good considering the price of this flash drive.

My patriot USB 3.0 flah drive is formatted in exFat and run very fast now. I installed games inside and run them directly from the USB. They load pretty fast.

Name:
E-Mail:
  • bowtiesmilelaughingblushsmileyrelaxedsmirk
    heart_eyeskissing_heartkissing_closed_eyesflushedrelievedsatisfiedgrin
    winkstuck_out_tongue_winking_eyestuck_out_tongue_closed_eyesgrinningkissingstuck_out_tonguesleeping
    worriedfrowninganguishedopen_mouthgrimacingconfusedhushed
    expressionlessunamusedsweat_smilesweatdisappointed_relievedwearypensive
    disappointedconfoundedfearfulcold_sweatperseverecrysob
    joyastonishedscreamtired_faceangryragetriumph
    sleepyyummasksunglassesdizzy_faceimpsmiling_imp
    neutral_faceno_mouthinnocent
Security: *
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
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
The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 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 custom retractable USB housing, the Supersonic Rage XT provides a unique all-in-one slide to connect design for best
Gain the performance advantage with the Supersonic Boost XT. Supporting USB 3.0, the new standard in USB flash storage, the Supersonic Boost XT provides superior transfer speeds over USB 2.0 with performance of up to 150MB/s. This extra performance makes the Supersonic Boost XT the perfect choice
The Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive brings the speed and performance of USB 3.0 at an affordable price. Featuring a stylish cap-less design that hides the USB 3.0 connector when not in use, the Supersonic Xpress works like a pen to reveal the USB connector. Transfer data in a flash with
Gain the performance advantage with the Supersonic Boost XT. Supporting USB 3.0, the new standard in USB flash storage; the Supersonic Boost XT provides superior transfer speeds over USB 2.0 with performance of up to 90 MB/s. This extra performance makes the Supersonic Boost XT the perfect choice
The Patriot Memory Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 flash drive delivers unprecedented performance in a stylish form factor with storage capacities up to 128GB. A durable aluminum enclosure enables shock resistance up to 15Gs to ensure greater protection of your data. USB 3.0 technology enables the
Gain the performance advantage with the Supersonic Boost XT. Supporting USB 3.0, the new standard in USB flash storage; the Supersonic Boost XT provides superior transfer speeds over USB 2.0 with performance of up to 90 MB/s. This extra performance makes the Supersonic Boost XT the perfect choice
Gain the performance advantage with the Supersonic Boost XT. Supporting USB 3.0, the new standard in USB flash storage; the Supersonic Boost XT provides superior transfer speeds over USB 2.0 with performance of up to 90 MB/s. This extra performance makes the Supersonic Boost XT the perfect choice