Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewWaco - June 10, 2013
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Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB Testing:
To test the Patriot Supersonic Magnum drive, I will run a series of benchmarks to provide as accurate a representation of its performance as possible. While the Patriot drive ships with FAT32 formatting by default (which can be slow) I elected to format it to exFAT to full show the true performance in real-world use. Flash Memory Toolkit and SiSoft Sandra will both be used to measure access times and to benchmark read and write speeds in various circumstances. Remember that FMT and Sandra are synthetic benchmarks. To gauge real-world performance, I will also use a set of compressed files of various sizes to measure write speeds under typical usage. These compressed files correspond to those that are used in our product reviews that use the WinRAR benchmark. Let's begin!
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: Corsair Force GT 240 GB SSD
- Case: Corsair 650D
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0
The first benchmark will use the low level benchmark from Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0. Higher read/write speeds and lower access times are better.
I have to admit, making these charts was fun. Not only does the Patriot drive win every test but it does so by such a huge margin that the other drives aren't even in the realm of competition. Pure dominance is what this is. You won't be waiting on the Patriot drive to write your files or read them back. This is SSD-like speed here.