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Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

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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!


Test Setup:



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.


Low-level Benchmark:






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.

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