OCZ Rally2 Turbo 8GB Flash Drive
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-03-2008
Provided by: OCZ Technology
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Testing and Conclusions

MSI X38 Platinum (BIOS 1.3)
intel Core2 Quad Q6600 : CoolIT Eliminator
VisionTek Radeon HD3870
Aeneon 2x1GB DDR3-1333 8-8-8-15, 1.5V
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic : Logitech X-530
WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad 750W Crossfire Edition
Lite-On 20x DVDR/W SATA
Lian-Li PC-A17


All tests were conducted on complete system idle and a fresh drive format. Tests included the HD Tach Long Bench, HD Tune, and the SiSoft Sandra Physical Disk Test, which is a bit more general than the Removable Storage Test. CPU usage was not included because it is negligible with today's equipment and all results were less than two percent. Keep in mind when reading these tests that the advertised read speed is up to 35 MB/s.




Conclusions


The OCZ Rally2 Turbo flash drive certainly does put out some speedy results, which are consistent from the first bit to the last one on the drive. Speed is the Rally2 Turbo's main selling point, which certainly seems like a good choice. The drive is also small and has a sleek, aluminum casing, both good things. If you're not in the market solely for performance, though, it seems like this might not be the drive for you.

Other than its zippy performance, there isn't so much that really sets the Rally2 out from the crowd of 4GB and 8GB drives out there. Other drives, competitively priced with the Rally2, come with pre-loaded security software, shaped like Disney characters, or protected against extreme conditions. And, as unfortunate as it may seem, the majority of consumers out there are looking for gimmicks like these (though security is a little more practical than gimmicky).

It's also a bit hard for me to understand why OCZ didn't allow any place to put the USB cap. This actually seems to be a trend in their flash drives, and they seem so stubborn with this straight rectangle design that on the ATV drives they decided to include a keychain on the back of the drive with a small fitting just for the cap, instead of just reshaping the back portion of the drive to fit the cap. This and the un-punched hole for the lanyard are only minor issues, though.

All in all, the OCZ Rally2 Turbo is a great flash drive with good performance and a solid construction. Despite some minor setbacks, it's a dependable thumb drive, and at about $40.00 USD online, it's a fine deal. The OCZ Rally2 Turbo 8GB earns the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.




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