Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,389 user samples
3,282 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% 2GB free, PID 5580 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 26% 1GB free, PID 5580 @USB 2.1
Poor: 26% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 634
107 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 28GB free, PID a212 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 25GB free, PID a212 @USB 2.1
Poor: 11% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 65th / 634
Effective Speed
Effective USB Speed
88.6 % Faster effective speed.
70 %
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s 294 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
117 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
100 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
11.8 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
11 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
10.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
0.98 MB/s
Value For Money
67.4 % Better value.
53.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
73 % More popular.
60 %
Price (score)
$23 $23
69 Months 37 Months Much more recent.
32GB 32GB

The 16GB Sandisk Extreme has led my USB 3.0 Flash drive group test since it was released back in Jun '12. Often with flash based devices, write speed scales linearly with capacity and the Extreme is no exception. The sequential write speeds for the different capacities are: 16GB = 62 MB/s, 32GB = 117 MB/s and 64GB = 188 MB/s. In the 64GB category there are several alternatives to the Extreme including the new Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo, Kingston HyperX and Patriot Supersonic Magnum. In the 16 GB category there are also a few viable alternatives but in the 32GB category I have yet to come across a drive that even comes close to the Sandisk Extreme from either a value for money OR performance perspective.  [Mar '13 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]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical flash usage patterns.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
  • Raw speed comparison - Raw speed readings.
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