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Packaging & Contents Dimensions & Weight Build Quality CrystalDiskMark Benchmark Speed Test ATTO Benchmark Speed Test AS-SSD Benchmark Speed Test Conclusion

Packaging & Contents

The Supersonic Boost ships in a flat piece of glossy cardboard with a plastic bubble encasing the unit. There is a claimed read speed of 90MB/s qualified with a cautious 'based on internal testing' warning at the bottom of the packaging. On the Patriot website a read speed of 30MB/s is also cautiously quoted. The drive comes with a generous five year warranty.

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Box Front
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Box Back

Dimensions & Weight

The Supersonic Boost XT weighs 14 grams and measures 6.0cm long, 2.0cm wide and 1.2cm high which makes it one of the bulkier drives we have seen. Even though the drive is very short at just 6.0cm long its brick like proportions make it bulky. The drive is encased in a rubbery housing which makes it relatively resistant to shock and accounts for the drives 'Rugged' branding. With these dimensions this flash drive obstructs adjacent ports on a computer so you might need to get an extension cable if you have a lot of devices connected to the same cluster of USB ports on your PC. In terms of weight the drive is heavier than most but only by a few grams.

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Length Ruler

Build Quality

The Supersonic Boost has a chunky feel to it. We are pretty sure you could throw it off a tall building and find no harm had come to your data. This is mostly thanks to the generous rubber casing that houses the drive. There is a small LED indicator on the front of the drive and there is a loop on one end of the drive where you can attach a key ring or if you don't have the drive attached to a key ring you can slot the cap onto the back of the drive while its in use. The cap slides off easier than we would like putting it at risk of loss.

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Front
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Back

Test System

The test rig was a high end Core-i7 workstation kitted out with a 256GB Solid State drive and 16GB of RAM. The system was designed to be overclocked to 5GHZ but for the benchmarks, only the stock frequencies of 1.6GHz idle, 3.4GHz active and 3.8GHz turbo boost were used.
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V GEN 3
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 (CML16GX3M4A1600C9)
Fixed Drive Corsair Performance Pro 256GB
CPU Intel Core i7-2600K
Operating System Windows 7

CrystalDiskMark Speed Test[FAQ]

CrystalDiskMark is a free disk benchmarking utility that is very simple to use. It takes eight measurements: the read and write speeds in megabytes per second (MBps) for sequential, 512KB, random 4KB and 4KB parallel disk operations. There are more screenshots from this benchmark posted on the web than any other, probably due to its clean and simple display. There is further information, including instructions on how to benchmark your own drives, on the CrystalDiskMark wiki page.

CrystalDiskMark Score

Every flash drive has its own performance profile which is heavily influenced by its controller. Some drives perform very well when moving large files around, others are better at reading small files etc. The Supersonic Boost XT has an interesting performance profile, whilst just missing its claimed sequential read speed of 90MB/s it performed very well in the in the random 4K write test managing to beat significantly more expensive drives. At the same time the random read scores were very weak at just 2.3MB/s. For the most part flash drives are used to move relatively large files around ( music, images, video) so the 4K random write score is not generally that important.

Crystaldiskmark Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark[FAQ]

The Atto Disk Benchmark has probably been around for longer than any other disk benchmarking software, and you can tell from its dated interface! The utility was designed to measure regular disk drive performance but it's more than up to the task of measuring both USB flash drive and SSD speeds as well. The utility measures disk performance rates for various sizes of file and displays the results in a bar chart showing read and write speeds at each file size. The results are displayed in megabytes per second (MBps). There is further information, including instructions on how to benchmark your own drive, on the Atto wiki page.
ATTO Benchmark

ATTO Score

This drive missed its claimed read speeds of 90MB/s on the CrystalMark benchmark but it scored almost spot on 90MB/s on the ATTO disk benchmark. Despite the better read speed recorded by ATTO the write speed still only clocked in at 20MB/s. 20MB/s is in line with the CrystalMark result and about 10 MB/s short of the maximum claimed write speed.

AS SSD Real World Copy Speed[FAQ]

The AS SSD benchmarking program was recently developed specifically for benchmarking SSD's. The utility is able to take several measurements that are well suited to solid state drives. One of the tests, ISO copy, is also relevant to slower storage devices including flash drives. The ISO copy test places two large 500MB files in a folder on the drive and then times how long it takes to copy the folder to another location on the same drive. The result is reported in both MBps and time taken. It's a real-world test that gauges a drives ability to read and write at the same time. Drives that have a good balance between their read and write speed fare relatively well on this test. There is further information, including instructions on how to use it to benchmark your own drive, on the AS SSD wiki page.

Real World Copy Speed Score

The Supersonic Boost XT would take 68.56 seconds to create a copy of a large 1GB file which is equivalent to 15.67MB/s. Given that this drive only scored 20MB/s in the write test this is higher than expected but in absolute terms its still one of the slower scores we have seen.

AS-SSD Copy Benchmark

Conclusion

The Supersonic boost has an interesting performance profile. The drive put in an excellent performance in the random 4K write test where it significantly outperformed more expensive drives but it scored very poorly in the random 4K read test. So where does that leave us? Well it really depends on the intended use for the drive. The strongest aspect of this drives performance is its outright read speed which is a very respectable 85MB/s and for most flash drive users that's the figure that's going to make the most difference.

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Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 30 16GB Front

Average Bench: 12.8% (363rd of 616)

Based on 55 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 13fe PID 5100 Model: Patriot Memory

The Supersonic boost has an interesting performance profile. The drive put in an excellent performance in the random 4K write test where it significantly outperformed more expensive drives but it scored very poorly in the random 4K read test. So where does that leave us? Well it really depends on the intended use for the drive. The strongest aspect of this drives performance is its outright read speed which is a very respectable 85MB/s and for most flash drive users that's the figure that's going to make the most difference. [Jun '12 USBFlashPro]

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Terrible average bench

The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 16GB averaged 87.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 7.26MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.42MB/s

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 16GB is just 10.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 16GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 16.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 44MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 55 samples)
Min Avg Max
29.9 Read 44 86.2
6.82 Write 16.4 23.7
8.77 Mixed 19 31.1
28.7% 26.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
4.04 4K Read 7.26 12.1
0.006 4K Write 0.37 0.81
0.007 4K Mixed 0.42 0.76
53.7% 2.68 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2GB free, PID 5100
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 77.4
Write 13.9
Mixed 12.7
31% 34.7 MB/s
4K Read 4.93
4K Write 0.55
4K Mixed 0.5
54% 1.99 MB/s
1GB free, PID 5100
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 56.4
Write 20.2
Mixed 10.1
29% 28.9 MB/s
4K Read 12.9
4K Write 0.006
4K Mixed 0.005
48% 4.29 MB/s
11GB free, PID 5100
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 35
Write 17.6
Mixed 21.5
29% 24.7 MB/s
4K Read 11.1
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.39
82% 4.09 MB/s
0GB free, PID 5100
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 56.6
Write 8.65
Mixed 8.77
22% 24.7 MB/s
4K Read 9.59
4K Write 0.01
4K Mixed 0.01
36% 3.2 MB/s
14GB free, PID 5100
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 35.2
Write 12.2
Mixed 15
22% 20.8 MB/s
4K Read 6.89
4K Write 0.65
4K Mixed 0.29
58% 2.61 MB/s
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High durability and highly water and shock resistant. Writes and Reads very above average for such a flash drive in very great price range. —Sep '14


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15 months ago.

Despite exchange Lexar there from time to detection problems!


Good

17 months ago.

Fastest USB for write I've ever seen


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Wyniki w teście jak widać natomiast obudowa tego pendriva jest żałosna... robi tylko dobre wrażenie. w rzeczywistośći pod tą gumą kryje się cieniutki plasticzek. kiedyś przy wyciąganiu z gniazda obudowa została w ręku a elektronika w gnieździe. elektronika osadzona jest w "obrączce" która łączy się za pomocą zatrzasków z resztą obudowy. zatrzaski są bardzo delikatne...—Sep '14


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8 months ago.

Nice usb flash drive


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The 2.0 version was the best USB I've ever had. And I had a few..—Sep '14


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