Throwing down the Gauntlet 4
Patriot’s been busy fleshing out its lineup of varied memory and storage products with an eye on cutting edge technology. Following up on its announcement of a pair of PCIe-based SSDs (M.2 SATA and add-in card form factors) the other day, Patriot today added a new SSD enclosure and three new USB flash drive lines.
We’ll start with the enclosure. Called the Gauntlet 4, it’s a new SSD enclosure with a Type-C connector. It’s made of “sturdy aluminum” and consists of a uni-body case and lightweight ABS tray.
Patriot says the Gauntlet 4 can be used to convert any standard 2.5-inch SSD or HDD with a SATA interface to an external storage device. Such a thing could come in handy if upgrading your PC’s storage scheme with a bigger SSD — toss the old one in an enclosure like this and give it a new career.
The Gauntlet 4 will ship with two connecting cables, a micro B to Type-C and a micro B to Type-A. Ideally, users would plug this thing into a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port for faster performance. According to Patriot’s own testing, doing exactly that with a Patriot Pyro 240GB SSD yielded 16 percent faster read and 22 percent faster write times compared to the Gauntlet 3.
Look for the Gauntlet 4 at the end of the quarter for $40 MSRP.
Moving on, Patriot also announced three new USB flash drive families, the Viper USB and Supersonic Mega USB.
The Viper USB is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 product (read: rebadged USB 3.0) available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. It comes in “cynical red and black” with a Viper logo plastered on the front and features a swing arm to keep the connector protected from dust and debris.
Pricing breaks down like this:
- Patriot Viper USB 64GB (PV64GUSB): $35
- Patriot Viper USB 128GB (PV128GUSB): $55
- Patriot Viper USB 256GB (PV256GUSB): $95
The Supersonic Mega USB is also USB 3.1 Gen 1, one that aims to offer the “best value for performance.” Towards that end, Patriot rates read and write times at up to 380MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively, with the following price points:
- Patriot Mega USB 128GB (PEF128GSMGUSB): $50
- Patriot Mega USB 256GB (PEF256GSMGUSB): $90
- Patriot Mega USB 512GB (PEF512GSMGUSB): $230
Both the Viper and Mega are backed by five year warranties.
Finally, Patriot announced the Supersonic Magnum 2. The company didn’t provide many details, like capacity options or price points, but did say it will offer maximum read and write speeds of up to 400MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively.