First, let’s see just what Patriot claims this drive can do:
|Manufacturer’s claim||Our comment|
|USB 3.0 compliant||Essential for attaining the claimed speeds. Either you have it or you don’t, and this drive has it.|
|Quad-Channel technology for fast read/write performance||As with RAM, utilizing multiple memory channels in parallel helps to eliminate performance bottlenecks. Quad channel should, in theory, offer greater throughput than single, dual, or triple channel configurations.|
|Up to 100MB/s read||We’ll see how truthful the speed claims are in the benchmarking.|
|Up to 70MB/s write||Again, the proof is in the testing.|
|Backwards compatible with USB 2.0||Required as part of USB 3.0 compliance; this lets the drive operate on machines that only support older USB implementations.|
|Aluminum housing for shock resistance up to 15G||Definitely better than the run-of-the-mill plastic housing.|
A Closer Look
Pretty basic, no-nonsense packaging. Patriot has never been big on flashy self-promotion, instead letting their products’ performance speak for itself. The graphs on the back are a bit pointless, but nobody’s going to spend very long looking at them anyway.
Pretty minimal design here. The lack of any kind of cap retention system is disappointing, given how easy it is to lose those.
Here we have the Supersonic side by side with an older, USB 2.0 flash drive. Besides the obvious color difference in the plastic tongues, if you look closely, you can see that the USB 3.0 plug of the Supersonic also has an extra five pins in the rear of the plug housing. This too is a part of the USB 3.0 spec, and necessary for the higher transfer speeds.