Patriot Supersonic Boost XT & Magnum Review
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Just about everyone owns a USB flash drive and many people rely on them daily for both work and personal reasons. Still, even with the importance these drives carry for some people, most consumers have a generic USB drive that is slow, cheaply built and overpriced.
The USB flash drives we are examining in this review are the polar opposite to those mass produced drives found in the impulse buy isle at most major stores. The reason being both the drives are manufactured by Patriot who has been designing exceptional flash drives for years, and is highly regarded in the memory industry.
The two drives are both part of the Supersonic line, but the Magnum is designed for power users that want to be able to transfer massive amounts of data in just seconds, while the Boost XT is smaller, designed with an ultra-durable rubberized water resistant housing, and is more affordable. Both drives though offer exceptional performance, as the Magnum is capable of delivering read and write speeds of up to 200MB/s and 120MB/s respectively over a USB 3.0 interface. The Boost XT on the other hand is capable of read speeds of up to 90MB/s over either a USB 2.0, or 3.0 interface.
Since the Magnum is the faster of the two it uses more expensive memory, thus it has a higher MSRP, as it has a current street price for the 64GB model is $74.99, which is over a $1 per GB. The is slightly cheaper per GB and a quick look at Newegg shows us the 32GB model has an MSRP of $29.99, which equates to .937 cents a GB.