OCZ Rally2 Flash Drive Review Posted
Monday, 09 October 2006 10:28
I've posted my short
of OCZ's sleek and fast Rally2 flash drive. Check it out if you're looking for a new flash drive.
|Sneaker nets today primarily consist of USB thumb drives.
I like to think of them as the rightful successors of the floppy drive.
Faster, more reliable, scalable, and smaller, these devices use small memory
chips that retain their information even when power is removed. But
with flash technology improving every year, flash drives are now even better
than rewritable CD ROMs for transferring data from computer to computer.
So when my latest generic flash drive literally started falling apart, I
decided to try out OCZ's Rally2 series. OCZ achieves speeds rivaling
hard drives from 5 years ago should be more than adequate for the majority
of applications today. With sub millisecond random access time,
today's flash can actually be faster for some applications than a hard
drive. For a flash device, the Rally2 is speed demon. OCZ
achieves extraordinary high read and write speeds by basically making a
flash RAID. Incorporated in their slick chassis are actually dual
flash chips working in parallel to stream you the data fast.
|The Rally2 has the standard "anti theft" packaging that
makes you curse thieves everywhere. Fortunately I had some aluminum
tin snips that made quick work of the packaging. Inside I found to my
surprise a 3 foot long USB extension cable, a Win98 Driver and user manual
CD, lantern and the Rally2.
Personally I don't care much for the lantern as I carry mine around in my
pocket, but it is built for either preference. The three foot
extension cord is a nice touch and can come in handy, but it really needs to
be six foot long. Three feet sounds like a long distance, but if your
system is on the floor you may have problems putting the cable where you
|The thumb drive is enclosed in a nice sturdy feeling black
aluminum enclosure, which feels extremely solid and well built. It
fits nicely in the palm of the hand. It is heavy enough to know its
there, but light enough to not weigh down your pocket. The drive is
thin enough so that it won't block an adjacent port when plugged in.
The cap does not snap on, but glides on and off almost the perfect amount of
tension on the USB connector. You can pick up the thumb drive by the
cap and not have it fall apart, which is a nice feature since the drive is
symmetrical. The only downside to the cap is there is nowhere to put
it once you take it off, so unless you are careful with caps will be easy to
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I just decided to try testing with HD Tach v22.214.171.124 and some stop watched
data transfer tests.
|HD Tach returned a 25.0 MB/s transfer rate and a 61.0ms
random access time. The comparison chart just shows the maximum speeds
supported by each protocol.
|I transferred a 1,716,348 KB (1.7GB) DVD ISO file to
the drive and timed the reading and writing with my watch. Which
turns into a 9 megabyte write speed and a 21 megabyte read speed.
When writing or reading from the device the drive's orange LED blinks.
|| 185 seconds
|| 79 seconds
When replacing my USB thumb drive, I wanted a thumb drive which was
smaller, had a higher capacity, faster, and more durable. OCZ's Rally2
met all my requirements and in my opinion is one of the most stylish flash
drives around. If you're looking for quick upgrade to your sneaker
net, a gift for a geek, or just need want an easy way to back up your data,
you'd be hard pressed to find a better drive then the Rally2. You can
find the 1GB version for $25, the 2GB for $43 and the 4GB for $84.
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