Real World Speed
Performance profile from 5,355 user samples
1,375 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 / 634
3,980 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 45% 10GB free, PID 5581 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 13GB free, PID 5581 @USB 2.1
Poor: 10% Great: 45%
SPEED RANK: 163rd / 634
Effective Speed
Effective USB Speed
76.6 % Hugely faster effective speed.
15.1 %
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
75.5 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
62 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
8.85 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
15.3 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
8.35 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
10.1 MB/s Insanely faster peak random write.
0.08 MB/s
Value For Money
36.3 % Hugely better value.
13.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % More popular.
56 %
Price (score)
$18 $10 Much cheaper.
69 Months 62 Months Slightly more recent.
16GB 16GB

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]


Sandisk had phenomenal success with the Sandisk Extreme which I reviewed nearly two years ago. The Extreme is still one of the best flash drives available. I had high hopes for the Ultra despite its marginally more budget orientation. Unfortunately the 16GB Ultra turned out to be a disappointment. With sequential read/write speeds of just 75/9 Mbps the Ultra lies in the bottom 25% of 16GB USB 3.0 flash drives. Small file (4K) read/write speeds clocked in at 8.35/0.08 MBps which is also in the bottom 25%. On the bright side the Ultra USB 3.0 isn't overpriced so it does represents reasonable value for money but I would happily spend a little more and get the record breaking 16GB Sandisk Extreme [Feb '14 USBFlashPro]


USB Flash Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 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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