|Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Alex Schepeljanski of Alex Intelligent Software develops the free AS SSD Benchmark utility for testing storage devices. The AS SSD Benchmark tests sequential read and write speeds, input/output operational performance, and response times. Because this software receives frequent updates, Benchmark Reviews recommends that you compare results only within the same version family.
From our very first test it is apparent that Patriot focused its energies on making this eight channel controller in the Supersonic Magnum as fast as possible during sequential operations. The Patriot Supersonic Magnum reached an astounding 281MB/s in our sequential read and 148MB/s the sequential write test. These numbers are extremely impressive for a flash drive especially since many modern mechanical drives still cannot break 200MB/s in sequential tests. Less impressive are 4K random read speeds of 6.05MB/s and an abysmal write speed of 0.52MB/s proving that Patriot Supersonic Magnum is still not replacement for a dedicated SATAIII SSD.
In the graph below I compare two SATA 2.0 SSD's, the Corsair Reactor 60GB and the Patriot Inferno 60GB to the Patriot Supersonic Magnum. The Magnum handily beats the two SATAII competitors with 22% better performance than Reactor 60GB provides in sequential reads and 43% more throughput in writes. Things get a bit dicey when we start looking our 4K random reads and writes. The Inferno SSD with its Sandforce based controller demolishes the Magnum in 4K reads and writes providing around 100x the performance. Generally reads and writes to a flash drives are not highly random so for typical use this should not pose a problem, but if the user plans on running applications or booting operating systems off of Magnum they could see some performance issues.
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews tests transfer rates using ATTO Disk Benchmark.