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Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Drive Review

The next stage is to analyse the performance of the drives with some of the best software available online.

Crystalmark is a useful benchmark to measure theoretical performance levels of hard drives and SSD’s. We are using V3.0 x64.

We tested the Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB with both compressible and incompressible data and the results are positive. We recorded around 265 MB/s sequential read and around 173 MB/s sequential write from the drive. which is greater than the Patriot ‘official’ claims. The results were almost identical when we enabled the ‘0x00 compressible’ data mode.

Due to the nature of this kind of flash, and via the USB 3.0 interface, 4k and 4k QD32 performance is substantially worse than from a native SSD drive across a SATA connector.

Above, a few comparison results for reference. The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB was the only drive to outperform the Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 256GB.

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Results from the ATTO Disk Benchmark weren’t quite as impressive, a similar result we experienced with the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB drive. The drive peaked at over 250MB/s read but only 75 MB/s write.

A few comparisons from other performance drives we have evaluated in recent months.

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