USB flash drives have been around since the year 2000 and caused the demise of the floppy disk due to their lower cost and faster transfer rates. The latest standard for flash drives is USB 3.0. The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT flash drive is part of the new next generation of the USB 3.0 flash drives that are significantly faster than their USB 2.0 counterparts.
It is available in four different storage capacities: 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. We will be using the 32 GB drive for our review. The USB drive comes in a simple and easy to open package. The drive has a rubberized exterior that provides a solid and durable feel. Patriot touts it as being spill and shock resistant. The advertised transfer rates in a USB 3.0 port are 90 MB/s Reads and 30 MB/s Writes. We tested those claims using CrystalDiskMark with the drive using both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.
USB 3.0 Results
USB 2.0 Results
The results of the USB 3.0 transfer rate test were good, the Reads and Writes were both around 2 MB/s slower than the advertised amount, putting it well within the expected range.
If one is looking for a USB drive that can put up with spills and shocks and still provide great performance, the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB flash drive is an excellent choice.
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