Flash Memory drives have increased in popularity over
the last year and rightly so, they are immensely handy
little gadgets giving you the power to transfer files
from computer to computer by simple "plug and play"
functionality . Originally
however this ease of use was hampered by incredibly poor
read, write and access times, making anything but the
smallest of transfers a painfully slow experience.
OCZ have stepped into this sector with three high speed
USB2 drives, a 512MB, a 1GB and a 2GB. Today we are going
to be looking at the 512MB and the 2GB models. Both of
these are perfectly capable of handling file transfers,
or important tasks such as an offline email backup.
These units are incredibly diminutive at 2 5/8”
(L) x 5/8” (W). you can see below one of the Rally
drives next to a "typical" 64meg model.
OCZ are implementing dual channel technology
in these drives which allows data to be read and written
on 2 chips simultaneously, this in theory should speed
up the units. Ill be testing this thoroughly over the
course of the review.
With each drive you get a USB extender cable (female
to male) as well as a carrying strap.
Installing the drives just involves a simple insertion
into a USB 2 port, of course if you are using an older
machine with USB1.1 the speed of these devices will be
much slower, so it is advised you ensure your machine
is capable of USB2, if not you can purchase PCI cards
with onboard USB2.
OCZ certainly know how to produce a classy looking unit,
and compared to the standard (ugly) design of most flash
drives, the Rally is miles ahead, its understated yet
aesthetically pleasing, and yes it matches my customised
Alienware shuttle which ill be using for the testng so
OCZ get another point for that.
When the drives are writing or reading a blue LED on
the front flickers to show access, ive taken a short video
clip (both under 5 megabytes) to show you just how it
looks during operation.
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click image to watch QUICKTIME
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