|Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
Many enthusiasts are familiar with the FinalWire AIDA64 benchmark suite, but very few are aware of the Disk Benchmark tool available inside the program. The AIDA64 Disk Benchmark performs linear read and write bandwidth tests on each drive, and can be configured to use file chunk sizes up to 1MB (which speeds up testing and minimizes jitter in the waveform). Because of the full sector-by-sector nature of linear testing, Benchmark Reviews endorses this method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article. However, Hard Disk Drive products suffer a lower average bandwidth as the capacity draws linear read/write speed down into the inner-portion of the disk platter. AIDA64 Disk Benchmark does not require a partition to be present for testing, so all of our benchmarks are completed prior to drive formatting.
Our linear test shows great performance across the board with no drops in performance, showing an average speed of 290.3MB/s, which is 40MB/s faster than advertised. This makes copying large files off the Patriot Supersonic Magnum painless.
When it comes to writes performance, once again we see very flat performance except for a blip at the very beginning of the test. With a 149.7MB /s write speed, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum performs within 10MB/s of the advertised speed and once again provides extremely quick performance for a flash drive.
Once again, we see the Supersonic Magnum wipe the floor with the competition when it comes to linear transfer. The Patriot Supersonic Magnum outpaces the Inferno by 24MB/s in writes and nearly 90MB/s in our read test. Quite impressive for a drive that I can fit in my pocket. One last thing to remember is that these are all sequential speeds, the random speed is magnitudes slower.
In this final section we will be looking at my final thoughts and our final product rating.