|Item model number||PEF128GSMNUSB|
|Item Weight||1.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.3 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||0.31 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches|
Patriot Supersonic Magnum PEF128GSMNUSB 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
|Price:||$69.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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Patriot 128GB Supersonic Magnum Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive
With Up To Read 260MB/sec & Write 160MB/sec
With 8-channel technology and USB 3.0 ready, the Supersonic Magnum provides read/write speeds of up to 260MB/s (read) and 160MB/s (write) for ultra fast file transfers.
Safely Take Your Data Anywhere.
A custom all aluminum housing offers best in class protection from wear and tear.
- USB 3.0 compliant
- 8-Channel technology for fast read/write performance
- Up to 260MB/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
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|Color||Black||Black, Grey||—||—||Black,Blue||Black, Blue|
|Digital Storage Capacity||128 GB||128 GB||64 GB||128 GB||128 GB||256 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0, USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 0.31 x 1.1 in||0.84 x 2.79 x 0.45 in||0.84 x 0.45 x 2.79 in||0.84 x 2.79 x 0.45 in||5.17 x 0.21 x 5.17 in||3.92 x 0.63 x 5.14 in|
|Item Weight||1.12 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.39 ounces||0.48 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||128 GB||128 GB||64 GB||128 GB||128||256 GB|
The Patriot Memory Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 flash drive delivers unprecedented performance in a stylish form factor with storage capacities up to 128GB. A durable aluminum enclosure enables shock resistance up to 15Gs to ensure greater protection of your data. USB 3.0 technology enables the Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 to outperform USB 2.0 flash drives by up to 10x - a large 2GB file can transfer in mere seconds to and from the Patriot Supersonic Magnum. By combining a single-chip USB 3.0 flash memory controller with 8-Channel technology, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum delivers sequential read performance at speeds up to 200MB/s and up to 120MB/s sequential write speeds. The Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 flash drive is available in 64GB and 128GB capacities and carries a 5-year warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
This drive changed everything for me. I ran my usual set of benchmarks to see just how it stacked up against my older drive... and my internal. The results blew my mind. I use a MacBook Pro 17" 2011 model with a 7200 RPM drive and I get about 100MB/S for both read and write. In my benchmarks, this USB 3.0 flash drive gets a staggering 210MB/s reading... and 130MB/s writing. That's more than twice the speed reading ... and 30% faster writing. WOW!
One word of caution. I got this performance using a USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34, so you WON'T get this speed using a MacBook Pro less than 17 inches (they don't have ExpressCards in smaller models).
The drive came pre-formatted as Fat32, which makes it very compatible, but to me it's a worthless format for larger volumes because it limits files to 4GB or less, plus it has no built-in recovery options. So, I re-formatted it under Mac and under NTFS (using the Paragon NTFS drivers). I actually got faster performance under NTFS, so I kept it in that format so I can share the drive with my Windows computers.
Also, I should point out that even under USB 2.0, the drive is still faster than older models because it has 8 channels of memory instead of 4 like the previous model. So, in my benchmarks the drive clearly outperforms the older model in 2.0 computers, with reads at 35MB/s and writes at 25 MB/s... compared to 28MB/s read... and only 14MB/S writing. So, even in USB 2.0, writing is now twice as fast.
Bottom line... This drive SMOKES!
**** UPDATE MAY 2016 ****
I should point out one problem I've discovered. The caps on these are very fragile and they can eventually lose their grip, making them useless. I have several of these, including my newest which is only 10 months old and contacted the manufacturer hoping to get a replacement cap under warranty. They sent me to an Ebay seller's page where they sell them for $3, plus $2.60 to ship. Could you imagine that? $2.60 to ship the cap? So, it's nearly $6 to replace the cap. Just keep that in mind.
Shortly after the USB socket became bent. It worked fine for a year this way but eventually failed completely. Luckily I kept a backup so I only lost a small amount of data.
I would recommend this drive for light use but if you want to keep it around with your key chain as I did, it's not tough enough. Also it was difficult to use on some laptops where the USB ports are on the same side as it would block some or all of the other ports without using a hub or extension, which isn't always available.
It was very quick to transfer, felts like an SSD.
UPDATE -1 star for dodgy support:
I contacted Patriot support. They sent me to a link for a .exe file that was supposed to fix the non-mounting problem. It did make the drive mountable again, but it was now showing up in the device manager as a generic USB 2.0 thumbdrive with half the capacity. I couldn't format it past 64GB despite being the 128GB model.
Support had me mail it to them (at my expense). I received no correspondence from them, only an email with a tracking number of the returned shipment a few days later. The drive came back with a "PASSED" sticker on it. Only good part was it had a new cap on it. The drive still showed up as a generic USB 2.0 64GB drive, so they obviously didn't read the support ticket which was helpfully printed out by me and included in the packaging with the drive!
The file system that the drive comes formatted with is a poor choice for this device, due to its performance with small files, in conjunction with the limitations of FAT32. People thinking of getting this device should consider formatting to exFAT before using it.
I had some minor issues when I got the device, where it would be strangely slow (it had problems achieving 10% of the advertised speed), but that seems to have cleared up after a bit of use.
The drive itself is about the size of an eraser, so if you are looking for something that is small, and fits well when inserted into USB ports that are next to each other, this may not be the drive for you. Moving small files, in addition to being slow, also seems to make the drive heat up more than moving a single large file, but I have yet to test moving a large file at top speed, since nothing else I have gets near the sequential I/O capabilities of this drive.
Because of the surprisingly bad performance this drive has with small files, I would recommend this for more of a backup task, as opposed for regular use, since the low speeds that this drive has with small files would make it unsuitable for use as a day-to-day drive for most people. However, if you need to move large files regularly, then this drive would do rather well.