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Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Drive Review

The Patriot SuperSonic Magnum ships in a clear plastic blister pack with the product on full view from the front. The capacity is listed underneath the USB 3.0 logo. The packaging sadly can’t compete with the amazing heavy duty aluminum box that ships with the Kingston DataTraveler Predator 512GB unit.

The rear of the package highlights the ‘large capacity’ and ‘maximum performance’ characteristics of the drive. There is also mention of the 8 channel technology which helps deliver the high performance levels.

The Patriot SuperSonic Magnum ships inside a durable aluminum enclosure which the company claim offers shock resistance up to 15Gs. The drive measures .91cm (D) x 2.69cm (W) x 7.18cm (H) and weighs 21.9gm. It can easily fit into a coat or shirt pocket and isn’t that small that it would be easily lost.

The USB port cover can be removed and then attached to the rear of the drive so it won’t get lost.

Above, a few comparisons with the Kingston DT Ultimate 64GB pen drive, and an mSATA drive fitted into a 2.5 inch SATA adapter. The Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB is vertically thin, but rather broad.

The only way to get a look inside the Magnum drive would be to cut open and damage the enclosure and this unit had to be returned to Patriot.

The image above shows the Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB drive installed in a USB 3.0 slot on a 17 inch Dell Precision laptop. You can see it was a tight fit next to the KingstonDT Ultimate drive and anything larger in an adjacent slot would cause fitting issues.

When the drive is formatted in Windows, there is 235GB free for storage.

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