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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

AS-SSD Benchmark

Alex Schepeljanski of Alex Intelligent Software develops the free AS SSD Benchmark utility for testing storage devices. The AS SSD Benchmark tests sequential read and write speeds, input/output operational performance, and response times. Because this software receives frequent updates, Benchmark Reviews recommends that you compare results only within the same version family.

From our very first test it is apparent that Patriot focused its energies on making this eight channel controller in the Supersonic Magnum as fast as possible during sequential operations. The Patriot Supersonic Magnum reached an astounding 281MB/s in our sequential read and 148MB/s the sequential write test. These numbers are extremely impressive for a flash drive especially since many modern mechanical drives still cannot break 200MB/s in sequential tests. Less impressive are 4K random read speeds of 6.05MB/s and an abysmal write speed of 0.52MB/s proving that Patriot Supersonic Magnum is still not replacement for a dedicated SATAIII SSD.


In the graph below I compare two SATA 2.0 SSD's, the Corsair Reactor 60GB and the Patriot Inferno 60GB to the Patriot Supersonic Magnum. The Magnum handily beats the two SATAII competitors with 22% better performance than Reactor 60GB provides in sequential reads and 43% more throughput in writes. Things get a bit dicey when we start looking our 4K random reads and writes. The Inferno SSD with its Sandforce based controller demolishes the Magnum in 4K reads and writes providing around 100x the performance. Generally reads and writes to a flash drives are not highly random so for typical use this should not pose a problem, but if the user plans on running applications or booting operating systems off of Magnum they could see some performance issues.


In the next section, Benchmark Reviews tests transfer rates using ATTO Disk Benchmark.



# 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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