the semi-official stick of SimonaStick.com has been the Patriot XPorter USB2.0 8 gig stick because of its performance, cost, and funky look. its big blocky rubber body with a lifetime warranty only costs $14 and is faster than the Corsair Flash Voyager. the Voyager used to be the fastest until Corsair changed its controller chip last summer to a slower one
cost is an important consideration to me because i tend to look at things through the eyes of a teacher and want to endorse something that i think is a good value (and fun too) =)
in the last year, the prices for USB3.0 sticks have come down to reasonable levels and last march i tested an 8 gig USB3.0 stick by Super Talent. it was a little faster on big files but WAY slower on small files than the funky XPorter. keep in mind that i’m testing these on USB2.0 machines so there’s no way to reach the theoretical speeds that USB3.0 promises but they still can be faster than a 2.0 stick. the slow “write” speeds of small files kept the Super Talent from becoming the new sim-on-a-stick stick (a stick stick? plus it was not very funky)
today i received a possible contender – the Corsair Survivor - a truly oversized monster of a stick which is touted as being “adventure proof” because when i sit like a lump at my pc i may need a crushproof stick that is waterproof to 200 metres and withstands g-forces up to 40 Gs! (guess i must be an Extreme OpenSim user!) =D
this stick was on the US Amazon site for $33 from Nu Image but now it’s not currently available =(
the price is more than i’d like but it is a 16 gig stick versus the Patriot 8 gig but it only has a five year warranty. realistically, five years is fine but it’s neat that the Patriot is warranted for life (including free cap replacement)
apart from its total geeky look and huge size, how did this stick perform? will it be the new sim-on-a-stick stick for the soon-to-come OpenSim 0.7.2 version of SoaS?
using CrystalDiskMark i ran the same benchmark on the Corsair Survivor as i had on the Patriot XPorter and you can see, despite being on a USB2.0 machine, that the Survivor runs faster. small file write times are what matter for running sim-on-a-stick
does this mean you should run out and buy a Corsair Survivor?
nope. the speed of the Patriot allows OpenSim to run just fine and i have never had an issue with it. but . . . i’ll be using the Survivor for a few weeks to see if i notice any difference and also to get attention at work with this trash can sized stick! (what me try to get attention? never!) =)