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Patriot EP Pro 32 GB SDXC/SDHC Card Review



To test Patriot's 32GB Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC card, I will run a series of benchmarks to provide as accurate a representation of its performance as possible. 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, however, 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:

  • 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
  • Card Reader: Transcend USB 3.0 Super Speed Multi-Card Reader (TS-RDF8)


Comparison Storage Cards:


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:






Wow. Not that it's totally unexpected since this is the only card capable of breaking the USB 2.0 speed barrier... but wow. The Patriot EP Pro really shows its colors here with a clean sweep. It completely destroys all of the comparison cards in the bandwidth benchmarks and is very competitive in terms of access times as well.

  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0
  4. Testing: Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0 (Continued)
  5. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  6. Testing: Custom Files
  7. Conclusion
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