Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,376 user samples
12 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 38% 9GB free, PID 1064 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 1GB free, PID 1064 @USB 2.1
Poor: 11% Great: 38%
SPEED RANK: 182nd / 632
1,364 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 79% 15GB free, PID 5580 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 30% 11GB free, PID 5580 @USB 2.1
Poor: 30% Great: 79%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 632
Effective Speed
Effective USB Speed
41.1 % 76.6 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+87%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s +1% 196 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
45 MB/s 62 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+38%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
6.7 MB/s 15.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+128%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
0.31 MB/s 10.1 MB/s Insanely faster peak random write.
+3,158%
Value
Value For Money
14.4 % 36.3 % Hugely better value.
+153%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 67 % More popular.
+20%
Price
Price (score)
$25 $18 Cheaper.
+26%
Age
Newest
66 Months +3% 68 Months
Capacity
Capacity
16GB 16GB
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We like this drive, it has the highest sequential read speed we have seen to date and the remainder of its performance profile is also respectable. At 198 MB/s the read speed is almost double the speed stated on the drives box, and 33% higher than the speed quoted on Lacies website, an unusual result that needs verification (comments from owners welcome). In terms of form factor we are very disappointed with the oversized orange cap and can't realistically see anyone leaving it attached to the drive. Without the cap this drive is superbly strong, ultra compact and performs respectably, we like it a lot. The only problems we do have with the Lacie RuggedKey are its price which is simply not competitive at this time and we would have liked to have seen higher random 4k speeds for this top end drive. [Aug '12 USBFlashPro]

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The benchmark scores for the SanDisk Extreme were stunning. Until now every flash drive we have tested has shown a serious weakness in the area of 4K random writes. The SanDisk Extreme achieved a 4K random write speed of 2.1 MB/s which was over three times faster than the best of the rest, unfortunately we were unable to get consistent measurements but 2.1 MB/s was towards at the lower end of the range (10.8 MB/s - 1.71 MB/s) we observed. We suspect the inconsistency relates to the way the controller batches page cleanup. The other benchmark observations were all consistent and to date this drive has the highest sequential read we have seen on a 16GB flash drive. The SanDisk Extreme has not been released in the UK. Our test unit had to be shipped from Hong Kong where we were able to purchase it at at an extremely reasonable price. We will update the price if/when the drive becomes officially available in the UK ... [Jul '12 USBFlashPro]

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USB Flash Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 USB Rankings.

We highlight the best USB flash drive in terms of balanced performance and value for money using current prices, sequential read, sequential write , 4k read and 4k write speed. The speeds are combined to form a single effective speed which measures performance for tasks such as copying photos, music and videos. Effective speed is adjusted by current price and capacity to yield value for money. Finally thousands of individual user ratings are used to validate our benchmark figures. [USBFlashPro]

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