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Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Waco    -   June 10, 2013
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Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB Conclusion:

Well what can I say here? The Patriot Supersonic Magnum literally wiped the floor with the comparison drives. That's not a real surprise since I only had USB 2.0 drives on-hand to compare it with – but that's a bit of a good thing I think. Anyone looking to finally upgrade from their pokey USB 2.0 Flash drive can look at these results (which are fairly typical in terms of USB 2.0 drives) and see just how much faster the Supersonic Magnum really is in real use. The real impressive feat here is that in almost every use case I can imagine it's quite unlikely you'll even be able to read or write to the Patriot drive at its maximum speeds! Most HDDs have trouble sustaining an even 100 MB/s on larger files and this drive can exceed those speeds quite handily without breaking a sweat.

So let's get down to brass tacks. Is the Patriot Supersonic Magnum worthy of its relatively high (in terms of dollars / gigabyte) cost? Honestly it really depends on how you're intending to use it. The Magnum could easily serve as a high-speed backup drive, a LAN-friendly drive that holds game ISOs, or a storage device for high-speed dumps of raw HD video footage. There's also the inherent shock and vibration resistance of Flash-based media that makes the Magnum far more rugged than any external HDD. If you need fast, reliable, and spacious storage on the go, this drive is certainly worth a few moments of your time to consider. After all, a few moments are all it needs to transfer your data anyway.

 

Pros:

  • SSD-like speed in your pocket
  • No drivers or annoying software
  • Massive storage in your pocket
  • Inherent Flash resistance to damage

Cons:

  • Fairly pricey per GB
  • Default formatting is FAT32 for compatibility
  • Large size makes some USB ports unusable
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