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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive
Closer Look: Patriot Supersonic Magnum
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Flash Drive Final Thoughts

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is a magnificent piece of kit, with its 300MB/s read and 150MB/s write speeds. These extremely impressive numbers make transferring data to and from the Supersonic Magnum painless even for very large file sizes. Where the Patriot Supersonic Magnum stumbles is its random performance, which ranges from uninspiring to atrocious depending on our benchmark. I can mostly forgive this since it is a flash drive but it would be nice to see future revisions bring up their random performance to least the levels of last generations SSD's.

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Patriot Supersonic Magnum Conclusion

When it comes to sequential performance, the Supersonic Magnum is nothing to be scoffed at. With sequential read performance approaching 300MB/s and sequential writes within spitting distance of 150MB/s the Supersonic Magnum can keep up with or even surpass the performance of last generation SSD's. Where the Supersonic Magnum flounders though is in its random read and write performance which was unable to break 2MB/s in any of our tests.

When it comes to the appearance and construction of the Patriot Supersonic Magnum, I find myself impressed. The black and blue exterior looks great, while the metal construction gives the Supersonic Magnum some heft and helps give me faith that should I drop the Supersonic Magnum I need not worry about it no longer functioning. Should some problem arise, Patriot stands behind its product and provides a 5 years warranty ensuring that a user is well taken care of for years to come.

When it comes large file transfers the Patriot Supersonic Magnum is superb but throw many small transfers at it and you see it choke. This makes the Patriot Supersonic Magnum unsuitable as a externally bootable drive for any lengthy period of time. It is a USB drive though and so the fact is functionally it does it job and it does it well. It safely moves data back and forth at high speed and is small enough to take almost anywhere.

With an April 2013 price tag of $299 (Newegg|Amazon), the 256GB Patriot Supersonic Magnum (model PEF256GSMNUSB) costs a significant chunk of change. Patriot is asking $1.17 per GB for the Supersonic Magnum but this is for the most part right in line with all USB 3.0 flash drive offerings on the market right now. As it is the Supersonic Magnum is significantly faster than much of its competition which hovers around the 50-80MB/s range for read and writes without adding to much to its price.

Because of its extremely high speed, large size, and fair price I gladly award the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB flash drive Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer award!

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Extraordinary sequential performance
+ Durable metal exterior
+ Provides greater speed than much of its competition while still maintaining a competitive price
+ 5 Year warranty

Cons:

- Lackluster random performance
- Cap is easy to lose

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.

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# president ceo and chairman of amalgamated conglomerated incorporatedf doggrell 2013-05-17 01:55
$300 usd for a thumb drive ? they have got to be kidding . maybe if it was a terabyte or so i would look at it . my guess is that hard drives and thumb drives will give way to solid state motherboard cards with greater performance than thunderbolt and with capacities in the petaflop region ten years from today .
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# RE: president ceo and chairman of amalgamated conglomerated incorporatedAustin Downing 2013-05-17 04:08
I don't know what you have to be confused about. They charge $1.17 Per GB, pretty much the same as all other USB3.0 flash drives on the market.
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