by Rob Williams on October 3, 2005 in External Storage
Thumb Drives are not usually the most exciting products on the market. It’s no doubt though, that they can be extremely useful when backing data up.. especially at a high speed. We are taking a look at the new OCZ Rally drive, which promises to leave the competitors in the dust.
As most are aware, OCZ is responsible for some of the fastest memory on the planet. It’s really no surprise that they decided to also get into the flash memory market, and then try to one-up their competition. What’s so special about their thumb drive? Just like our performance desktop memory, the Rally has Dual Channel chips inside. This works the same as it does for our desktops, it doubles the data throughput which is the reason for a speed increase.
When I received the Rally, I thought, “How fast can this thing go? How much transfer would USB2.0 even allow?” Well, we will soon find out. First let’s check out how great looking the drive is.
When compared to a Quarter, it’s obvious that this is an extremely small drive. The Rally comes in three flavors, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB, but they are all the same physical size. To help keep the data secure, the chassis is made of aluminum, and is black in color. Each end of the drive have plastic ends, and the back one will light up with a blue LED whenever it is plugged in and being used.
Extras that are included with the drive are a carrying strap, USB extension cable and also a keyring. You can just as easily wear this around your neck, in true geek style, or just simply keep it with your keys. Overall, the styling is clean and professional looking.