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Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSMNUSB
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs FAST! But not for writing many 2-3MB JPEG files. 01/23/2012

This review is from: Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSMNUSB

Pros: The speed of this flash drive is very fast for large files. As a test, I copied a 2GB HD video clip to the drive (write performance) and was getting around 120MB/sec throughout the transfer from my SSD - total transfer time was ~19 seconds! My platter 1.5TB HD could only manage around 60 MB/sec sustained to this drive.. this USB stick is FASTER than my 1.5TB hard drive for large file transfers. Also, this patriot magnum is faster than my Adata aluminum usb 3.0 32gb stick.

Reading the 2-3MB JPEG photos from the drive is a completely different story than write speed, luckily. I was able to get around 135-145MB/sec reading from the flash drive writing to the SSD. That is totally awesome and beyond my hopes for read speed.

Are you ready for this? Transferring the 2GB HD video clip to the SSD I was about to get 215-230MB/sec. Whaaaat?! Awesome!

Cons: Lost a Star: I actually use this drive in the "real world" to transfer JPEG photos averaging 2-3MB in size. Here the flash drive falls short and loses a star. I could only attain a max of about 33MB/sec sustained transfer WRITE speed. I tried both NTFS and exFAT and many different allocation sizes. I tried from both my SSD and my external SATA RAID 5 array. Even my 1.5TB hard drive managed 40-45MB/sec write speed with the same files.

Other Thoughts: I own a half dozen of the old USB 2.0 Patriot 64GB Magnum USB flash drives and they are pretty dang good and have only had one performance failure requiring an RMA over about two years and consistent use. This new usb 3.0 version is the same form factor, which is to say its big. I wouldn't want to put this in my pocket full time due to it's size. It is an an aluminum enclosure, but the end cap is only held in by some plastic tabs and one of my usb 2.0 sticks the end has broken off exposing the circuit board and chips inside... you can actually slide the whole memory module board out completely of the aluminum case if this happens.

No, there is no activity LED - True, the USB 2 version had it, but not this one, which is odd.
No, there is no Lanyard included - I added my own
Yes, the Cap falls off easily - will be lost in no time... I lost the caps in no time from all my other Magnum drives and it doesn't make a difference one bit.

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SanDisk Ultra Backup 64GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) AES Encryption Model SDCZ40-064G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap 64gb flash drive
Sandisk brand name

Cons: pre-loaded software
useless backup button

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a regular flash drive, not as a backup drive and it works perfectly for that. First thing I did was format the drive.

I use about 8 of the 64GB Patriot Magnum drives in my business, but this one is a good bit cheaper and so far is working great. Can't comment accurately on copy speed, haven't run any tests, but seems to be about as fast as the Patriots if I recall correctly. (~8-10 MB/s)

It's still USB 2.0, so copy speed is pretty bad no matter how you look at it. Get a fast USB 3.0 drive if you want quick copy speed.

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Hanns-G Hi-221DPB Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, no dead pixels, hidden menu buttons underneath frame (how often do you really need access to them anyway?)

Cons: narrow vertical viewing angle - meaning "white" at the bottom of the monitor is one color and "white" at the top of the monitor is a slightly different color.

Other Thoughts: Brightness and contrast are set too high from factory, I am a professional photographer and I may be more sensitive to color variations in a monitor than most. My four year old Dell 24" has a better image than this monitor and far better color uniformity.

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Date Joined: 06/01/09

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  • Last Review: 01/23/12
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