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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive
Closer Look: Patriot Supersonic Magnum
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive Review

Manufacturer: Patriot Memory LLC.
Product Name: Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB Flash Drive
Model Number: PEF256GSMNUSB
UPC: 815530015550
Price As Tested: $299.99 (Newegg|Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Patriot.

With the advent of affordable solid state drives and the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, we have seen a drastic increase in the size and speed of flash drives. Patriot is one of the companies leading the way on both speed and size with its Supersonic Magnum line, which we will be looking at today. The Supersonic Magnum flash drive is 256GB flash drive with a read speed of 250MB/s and a write speed of 160MB/s. In this review Benchmark Reviews will be verifying the speed of the Patriot Magnum Supersonic and compare it to two SATA-II SSD's.

In previous years, the only way to carry over 16GB of data was to carry around a 2.5" or 3.5" external drive. These drives were prone to damage and when combined that with their larger size, I was always leery of using them for anything critical. Then the SSD revolution started and the sizes on flash drives increased dramatically over the course of 3 years but we were still limited to a mere 480Mbps of USB 2.0 making files transfers slow and time consuming. With the mass adoption of USB 3.0 though this problem became a thing of the past, which brings us to where we are now with the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB flash drive which is rated for 250MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds making it extremely useful for transferring large files.



  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant
  • 8-Channel technology for fast read/write performance
  • Up to 250MB/s read*
  • Up to 160MB/s write*
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Aluminum housing for shock resistance up to 15G
  • Compatible with Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP®, Windows 2000®, Windows® ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac® OS9, X

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI P67-GD65
  • System Memory: G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 2 x 8GB kit
  • Processor: Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz @ 4.7GHz
  • Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
  • Video: 2 x ASUS GTX 580
  • Disk Drive 1: 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
  • Optical Drive: DVD Drive
  • Enclosure: Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
  • PSU: Cooler Master SilentPro 1000w
  • Monitor: Asus 27.5" 1920 x 1200
  • Operating System: Windows 8 x64 Professional

Storage Hardware Tested

  • Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB
  • Patriot Inferno 60GB SSD
  • Corsair Reactor 60GB SSD



# president ceo and chairman of amalgamated conglomerated incorporatedf doggrell 2013-05-17 01:55
$300 usd for a thumb drive ? they have got to be kidding . maybe if it was a terabyte or so i would look at it . my guess is that hard drives and thumb drives will give way to solid state motherboard cards with greater performance than thunderbolt and with capacities in the petaflop region ten years from today .
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# RE: president ceo and chairman of amalgamated conglomerated incorporatedAustin Downing 2013-05-17 04:08
I don't know what you have to be confused about. They charge $1.17 Per GB, pretty much the same as all other USB3.0 flash drives on the market.
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