Now that Microsoft has added flash drive support to the Xbox 360, I decided it might be fun to pick one up and see if it improves the performance of some of my games. I did some research and settled on the Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB USB flash drive.
- Up to 200X performance speed
- Durable water and shock resistant housing
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later
- Certified for Microsoft Vista Readyboost
- Lifetime Warranty
The performance of the Xporter XT is what drew me in. With reported speeds of 200X (compared to what? Patriot does not specify) I was curious to see what it could do.
For those that need it, the Xporter XT Boost is covered in a thick rubber coating. This offers great protection against drops and the shock that inevitably follows a drop.
Compatibility with various operating systems is not a problem for the Xporter XT Boost. This drive complies with the USB 2.0 standard and is therefore compatible with all operating systems that also comply, which happens to be almost all of them.
The fact that this drive is certified for Vista Readyboost means that it has already met Microsofts standards for performance and reliability, lets just hope it is fast enough for the Xbox 360.
When it comes to design, flash drives are probably the most boring items on the market. Most of them are small and rectangular, and the Xporter XT is no different. With dimensions of .43″ (D) x 2.9″ (W) x .75″ (H) it is actually quite large for a flash drive. I think a lot of this is because the entire device is wrapped in a thick rubber coating.
Patriot has decided to go with a bit of a rugged design for their Xporter XT drives and they say it helps prevent damage from drops and some have even had it survive accidental washings. Since this drive will be living in my Xbox 360 I really don’t need the rugged design.
Performance is the real reason that I chose this flash drive. With Patriots claim of a 200X performance boost I was hoping that it would boost the load times of the games I install on the drive.
To test the performance of the USB drive I used a small program called Disk Throughput Tester. This program tests both sequential read and write, and random read. I ran these tests multiple times to make sure the numbers I got were not anomalies. In addition to the Xporter XT I also tested a 16GB Sandisk Cruiser so I would have something to compare it to.
So lets take a look at the numbers, I will start with the Xporter XT. The Xporter XT has a read speed of 31.4MB/s and a write speed of 5.4MB/s. Next is the SanDisk Cruiser, it has a read speed of 25MB/s and a write speed of 9.3MB/s. The last image is a comparison of the two. The performance looks good for both drives. The Xporter XT is slightly faster with read speeds and in the Xbox 360 I think reads will be more important than writes.ore important.
Xporter XT Benchmark
SanDisk Crusier Benchmark
When I finally got around to plugging the Xporter XT into my Xbox 360 I actually discovered that it was too big to fit in the rear USB slot (I didn’t want it sticking out the front). I ended up having to remove the rubber coating so that it would fit. Fortunately, the rubber cover is a solid piece and with a little effort it slides on and off.
Once it was plugged in the Xbox 360 ran a performance test and then formatted the drive. After it was done I noticed the drive only showed up as having 14.4GB of free space. I did a little research and found out that the Xbox 360 reserves 512MB of storage for system use.
Patriot offers a lifetime warranty with the Xporter XT Boost. Now this is the kind of warranty I can really get behind, and it makes a lot of sense, with no moving parts it should last a lifetime.
Patriot also has lot of support options for those that need it. On their website you can get help via their forms, FAQs, or by contacting the company directly.
I am very happy with the performance of the Xporter XT Boost. The price is also good. I was able to pick up this drive from Newegg for only $43 with a $10 mail in rebate. It can also be found on Amazon for slightly more, $50, but it also has the same $10 mail in rebate. If you are looking for a great flash drive I highly recommend the Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB USB Flash drive.
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