Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewFri, Mar 08, 2013 - 9:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum series of USB 3.0 Flash drives are aimed at power users who are willing to pay a little extra in order to get more performance and higher capacities. The Supersonic Magnum is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and while the performance varies between drives, all are fast! Capacities and performance aside, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum also looks nice thanks to the black aluminum housing that helps it handle forces of up to 15G! It appears that Patriot Memory has done a great job developing this USB drive.
When it comes to performance the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB is hands down the fastest USB 3.0 Flash drive that we have ever seen when it comes to the synthetic benchmark results. Seeing sequential read speeds of nearly 300MB/s and 180MB/s write is very impressive. When moving around images and movies we saw 45MB/s read and 25MB/s write speeds and while that isn’t as high as the results seen in the synthetic tests they are still very nice. At the end of the day it really depends on the file types that you are dealing with as to how the drive will perform.
|Patriot Supersonic Magnum
||Capacity||Read/Write Speeds||Street Price|
|PEF64GSMNUSB||64GB||200 / 120 MB/s||$74.99|
|PEF128GSMNUSB||128GB||200 / 120 MB/s||$134.62|
|PEF256GSMNUSB||256GB||250 / 160 MB/s||$284.56|
The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB drives retails for $284.56 shipped, which breaks down to $1.11 per GB. This is actually lower than any other 256GB USB 3.0 Flash drive on the market. The only other one available right now is the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 256GB drive that will cost you $475.79 shipped (or $1.86 per GB). It also happens to be rated slower with just 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write speeds. Both also feature 5-year warranties, so at the end of the day the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash drive doesn’t look that bad!
If you are looking for a blazing fast 256GB USB 3.0 Flash drive that is also competitively priced we highly recommend the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB!
Legit Bottom Line: The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive offers gobs of storage, is super fast and is priced below the only other 256GB USB 3.0 drive on the market!