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Patriot SuperSonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

ajmatson    -   April 14, 2011
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Conclusion:

The Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 flash drive certainly lives up to its name. This is one quick drive that takes any of your files large and small and swallows them up begging for more. During the tests the USB 3.0 interface showed its true colors demolishing the former USB 2.0 specifications sometimes three-fold. I have used several USB 3.0 based external drives recently and enjoyed the faster transfer speed, but I was very impressed on what Patriot was able to do to such a small portable device - not only speed wise, but storage wise too. This review has focused on the improved performance, but factor in the impressive 64GB of on the go storage and you have yourself a winner. The drive is also backward compatible with USB 2.0, so if you are out and about and need to access the device from a computer without a USB 3.0 port, you will still be able to retrieve and store you data, albeit at a slower speed limited by the USB 2.0 port.

The one thing that worried me is when bench testing using the Flash Memory Toolkit, the drive casing became quite hot, too hot to touch at one point. While this did not happen during regular use, if you are doing a large volume transfer there is a possibility that your drive will heat up so I would use caution. The fact that the casing is made of aluminum could be the reason for the higher external temperature since the drive does employ a quad channel design on the inside and the case is acting as a passive cooler for the chips.

Overall, I was satisfied with the performance and storage capacity of the Patriot SuperSonic drive. This model retails at the time of this writing for $199.99, which is still a bit expensive for most users due to the price of flash chips, but average for a 64GB thumb drive with the added bonus of the faster USB 3.0 interface. If you are in the market for a high-speed high-capacity drive I recommend you look at the SuperSonic and never look back.

 

Pros:

  • Fast transfer speeds
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Aluminum shock resistant housing
  • Quad channel design
  • Up to 100MB/s read speeds
  • Up to 70MB/s write speeds
  • USB 2.0 port compatibility

 

Cons:

  • Casing gets quite hot to the touch
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look:
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  3. Testing: Setup & Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0
  4. Testing: Flash Memory Toolkit (Continued)
  5. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  6. Testing: Custom Files
  7. Conclusion
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