Patriot 64GB Xporter Magnum USB Flash Drive

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So does size or speed matter? When it comes to USB drives I mean of course! USB Drives are getting larger and larger in capacity, it’s to the point where you can carry the capacity of several DVDs on one of them. With that capacity increase though the speed usually suffers, at least in the first generation of products that come out, at least that’s from what I’ve seen in my experiences anyway.

Today for review I’ve got a 64gb USB drive, the Patriot Xporter Magnum. There’s no doubt it’s got a lot of storage space, but the question of course is how fast is it compared to other drives? And, well I really can’t answer that question though because I have no other 64gb drives to compare it to, but I do have a whole bunch of others on hand for comparison, so I’ll do my best to show you how it compares to them.

So read on to learn more about the Xporter…



No video today, it’s just a USB drive, I think that’s a bit too small to do a video of. The Xporter comes in the dreaded sealed plastic clamshell package.

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With it you get a short USB extension cable and a lanyard:

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The Patriot Xporter Magnum is a metal housed drive so it should be able to withstand a bit of abuse, the cap does come off though and it’s not attached to anything so there is the possibility of losing it.<

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Specifications:

Patriot 64GB Xporter Magnum USB Flash Drive

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The Patriot Extreme Performance Xporter Magnum USB drive is the perfect solution to transport your important data wherever you go. Optimized for fast transfer rates, the Magnum offers an ultra-fast 210x read speed; the fastest in the market. Magnum also boasts Microsoft’s  certification, Certified for Windows Vista. The certification guarantees maximum compatibility, including Vista’s Readyboost feature. With the Patriot Exporter Magnum USB drive, users can transport their data with ease

Features
* Hi Speed USB 2.0 Compatible (backwards compatible to USB 1.1)
* Easy plug and play functionality
* Portable and lightweight (19.5 grams)
* Driverless in Windows ME/2K/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.x, OS X Linux with USB storage support
* Certified for Windows Vista
* Lifetime Warranty

Before we get into testing here’s a comparison shot of the Xporter with a few other drives to give you an idea of size:

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As you can see it’s about the same size as the others, a bit fatter, but I’d say average compared to the ‘standard’ sized drives.

So for testing I put the Xporter up against the drive you saw in the picture above, they’re 4gb and 8gb drives. I used SiSoft Sandra 2009 Removable Storage Benchmark and I used DiskBench as well for testing.

First up is SiSoft Sandra:

(high is better for both)

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As you can see according to these tests the Xporter isn’t that great of a performer, but here’s a closer look at the 256MB files test of the Removable Storage benchmark:

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Here we can see things are a bit more even, sort of, at least for read performance.

Next up I’ve got DiskBench. This program will tell us in actual seconds how long it takes to do something, in this case I’m using a 350MB .AVI Video file for the testing. In the following graph you’ll see the time it takes to Copy From, Copy To and Read From the USB Drives.

Obviously lower times are better.

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Here we can see again they’re fairly evenly matched except for that Copy To time where it goes a bit higher than the OCZ and Lexar drives, still though performance is not bad at all.

Here’s the actual transfer rates for the test, higher is better of course.

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Conclusion:
The Patriot Xporter Magnum 64gb USB drive is a nicely made product that seems durable and should last for quite some time and it’s got some good speeds overall.

If I had a choice between the large capacity or the higher speed, I’d happily choose the larger capacity any day.

If you’re looking for a large capacity USB drive then I’d definitely give this one a look as it’s well made and it’s got some decent speeds.

Pros:
Fairly fast
Large capacity
Very well made

Cons:
Not the fastest in some areas of transfer

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • james braselton

    HI THERE CAN I USE USB FLASH DRIVE TOO INCREASE STORAGE OF THE 13 INCH MACBOOK 2 64 GB USB PORTS WOULD INCREASE CAPACITY TOO 256 GB OR I CAN GAT A DELL WITH A 256 GB SSD AND 8 GB OF RAM AT CALLED THE M1330 WICH WILL RUN ONLY ABOUT $2,000 TOO $2,100 DELLS 256 GB SSD IS ONLY $400 NOOT $900 LIKE APPLE

  • Brian

    Thanks for this review. One part that confuses me is how fast drives normally are. Patriot sells the magnum you reviewed. I just bought an Exporter Razzo and compared the package with another larger Patriot drive. The larger (physically – not amt of memory), more expensive drive claimed super speeds and said 180x. However, it was more than twice the cost of the Razzo, even though they’re both 32Gb. The Razzo doesn’t advertise the speed. Why? Must be slower, but how much. I really wish they’d come up with some fair standard, but for now, we’re stuck with our own tests.
    Please keep it up.

  • kristofer

    Hey Brian, Thanks… it’s people like you that make all the work worthwhile really, it’s nice to know I can help someone..

  • Scott

    I can say I bought this drive and so far I am happy with it.
    With the most compatable file system FS32 running on the drve I took it to the max.
    With the file size 2gb limit I decided to copy my vmware widows image to the drive plus anothe 20 gb of movies. It never over heated, stayed connected and was faster then my old Kingston data travler 4gb key.

    With it’s metal case I won’t have to worry about the cap cracking from being in my pocket every day after 6 months like my old Kingston. Of course the life time warenty is also ni e, but I hope I never have to use it.

    Over all I am very pleased with this key.

  • Striker63

    Your review could not have come at a better time. I have an IPod Classic 160, and with my 40 Movies and a few hundred Music CD’s, and around 100 Music Videos, plus my Photos and Contact list, I was beating up my small 80 Gig Hard Drive on my Computer. I wound up buying two 32 Gig Flash Voyager Drives to off load my Hard Drive. After reading your review, I wound up buying two of the Patriots, just could not pass it up at around $95 dollars each, for me it was a bargain. (Amazon had them for $115, discount of 5% each, plus opening a Visa card gave me another $30 off, with free shipping). I did a loading comparison with the 32 Gig Voyager against the 64 Gig Patriot and the Patriot was almost a Third quicker than the Voyager. I tested this against a load of 20 Movies to each drive. I don’t abuse these drives and they will stay brand new for quite awhile, since I am retired and travel with my IPod 160 and one USB Drive. Thanks for the info.

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  • yaser jamshid

    it is very fantastic and high performance and i hope to have one of that

  • Dre

    Can I use the Patriot 64GB Xporter Magnum USB Flash Drive on my Windows 7 Ultimate without any major problems.

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