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USB Rankings - August 2017

We highlight the best USB flash drive in terms of balanced performance and value for money using price, 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 price and capacity to yield value for money. Finally thousands of individual user ratings are used to validate our benchmark figures. Vote to share your opinion. [USBFlashPro]

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Why is bigger better?

Larger capacity drives often have higher write speeds... more

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Speed, price, capacity, USB version and weight... more

Do dimensions matter?

Sometimes flash drives can obstruct adjacent USB ports on your computer... more

File system considerations?

FAT32 is more portable but NTFS is both more secure and works with individual files larger than 4GB... more

Why should USB 2.0 Flash Drives be avoided?

USB 3.0 is the future aware choice in today's market... more

What is effective USB Flash Drive speed?

A measure of how responsive a Flash Drive is to typical user access patterns. Sandisk Extreme 64GB ~= 100%... more

What is the Flash Drive value for money rating?

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How do you install an OS from a USB flash drive?

Use a utility to create a bootable USB then set your BIOS to boot from it... more

What is queue depth?

The number of simultaneous requests on a drive's request queue... more

What is incompressible data?

Data that cannot be compressed e.g. most music, video and image file formats... more

What is sequential read speed?

A measure of how quickly large files can be read from a device... more

What is sequential write speed?

A measure of how quickly large files can be written to a device... more

What’s the difference between NAND and V-NAND?

NAND and V-NAND are both types of flash memory which is a class of non-volatile memory that retains data even in the absence of an electrical current... more

What’s the difference between SATA, PCIe and NVMe?

NVMe, AHCI and IDE are transfer protocols (languages). They run on top of transfer interfaces such as PCIe or SATA (spoken, written)... more

What is 3D XPoint and how fast is it?

3D XPoint is the name given by Intel and Micron to the upcoming new class of non-volatile memory for SSDs and the like... more

What’s the difference between SLC, MLC and TLC?

In terms or write performance, durability and price SLC > MLC > TLC... more

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Max Avg Min 115 24.9 2.69 234 35.4 5.42 294 124 16.9 231 52.8 5.56 84 60.7 30 116 30.5 6.79
Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB $67
The Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 has a Sandforce controller coupled with MLC NAND. This combination produces mediocre results for an SSD but for a USB flash drive i...
115 %1st234 %1st266 MB/s3rd91.6 MB/s19th45 Months10th$6793rd
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB $33
178 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 60GB free, PID a212 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 0GB free, PID a212 @USB 2.1
94.7 %2nd90.6 %5th289 MB/s2nd200 MB/s3rd30 Months1st$3373rd
Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $22
The Adata Dashdrive Elite S102 Pro 64GB has proven to be a popular USB 3.0 flash drive. I did a full review of the 16GB version back in 2012 and little has changed s...
85.2 %3rd53.5 %16th190 MB/s17th91.1 MB/s20th79 Months95th$2251st
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 64GB $20
479 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 42% 11GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 60GB free, PID a838 @USB 2.1
82.5 %4th47 %24th143 MB/s36th102 MB/s13th31 Months3rd$2041st
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB $45
For real world usability this is currently the best 64GB flash drive (superseded by the Ventura Ultra - 2014). It has a very balanced performance profile with an exc...
78.6 %5th100 %2nd197 MB/s15th188 MB/s4th62 Months51st$4583rd
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB $22
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...
68.9 %6th88.6 %6th202 MB/s12th117 MB/s8th62 Months51st$2254th
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $21
The 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit is the largest capacity available in the Ultra Fit range. Both the 16GB and 32GB siblings fared well in terms of peak performance but with...
67 %7th40.1 %31st143 MB/s36th56.7 MB/s32nd36 Months6th$2147th
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $13
The 32GB Sandisk Ultra Fit has both a tiny form factor and a respectable performance profile. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 136/55 MBps and peak 4K read/...
54 %8th40.1 %32nd137 MB/s38th56.1 MB/s33rd36 Months6th$1321st
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB $23
77 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% 28GB free, PID a212 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 25GB free, PID a212 @USB 2.1
53.1 %9th69.8 %9th294 MB/s1st99.1 MB/s14th30 Months1st$2357th
Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $12
The new Adata Dashdrive UV128 has a performance profile that closely matches its older, and recently rebranded, Dashdrive Elite S102 Pro sibling. Comparing the two s...
52.8 %10th36.2 %38th126 MB/s45th54.6 MB/s34th53 Months26th$1216th
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 64GB $30
53 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% 52GB free, PID 168e @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 59GB free, PID 168e @USB 2.1
52.1 %11th44.6 %26th189 MB/s19th47.7 MB/s41st62 Months51st$3067th
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 32GB $13
973 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 35% 30GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 19GB free, PID a838
51.7 %12th38.3 %36th148 MB/s35th57 MB/s31st31 Months3rd$1320th
Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 64GB $20
The 16GB version of the Lexar s23 has superb potential thanks to its decent read/write speeds of 100/30 MBps, an outstanding 4k random write speed of 0.6 MBps and it...
49.5 %13th28.2 %53rd102 MB/s58th47 MB/s44th55 Months30th$2042nd
Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 32GB $13
The Adata Dashdrive Elite S102 Pro 32GB has proven to be a popular USB 3.0 flash drive. I did a full review of the 16GB version back in August 2012 and little has ch...
47 %14th34.9 %43rd126 MB/s45th51.5 MB/s36th79 Months95th$1321st
Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB $41
163 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 47% 56GB free, PID de7a @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 16GB free, PID de7a @USB 2.1
45.1 %15th52.2 %17th200 MB/s13th92 MB/s18th52 Months22nd$4179th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 64GB $38
The 16GB version of the V3 Max has good potential thanks to its outstanding read/write speeds of 175/80 MBps. At the 64GB and 32GB capacities the V3 Max is no longer...
44.4 %16th48.2 %23rd175 MB/s25th80 MB/s24th51 Months14th$3878th
Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB $73
The 64GB Jumpdrive P10 is Lexar's 2013 upgrade to their flagship Triton range of flash drives. The P10 shares the same excellent body as the Triton and delivers actu...
43.7 %17th91.1 %3rd235 MB/s6th231 MB/s1st51 Months14th$7398th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 32GB $20
The 16GB version of the V3 Max has good potential thanks to its outstanding read/write speeds of 175/80 MBps. At the 32GB capacity the V3 Max is no longer as attract...
43.6 %18th49.7 %20th175 MB/s25th80 MB/s24th51 Months14th$2042nd
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB $48
The 64 GB Flash Voyager GT has an impressive performance profile. You wouldn't know it without checking the serial numbers but Corsair have released several variants...
43.3 %19th60 %13th220 MB/s9th105 MB/s12th61 Months48th$4888th
Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB $14
The 16GB version of the Lexar s23 has superb potential thanks to its decent read/write speeds of 100/30 MBps, an outstanding 4k random write speed of 1.1 MBps and it...
37.1 %20th29.6 %49th110 MB/s54th48 MB/s38th55 Months30th$1424th
36.7 %21st21 %63rd84 MB/s66th26 MB/s61st53 Months26th$2045th
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB $20
131 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 38% 27GB free, PID 168e @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 1GB free, PID 168e @USB 2.1
36.2 %22nd41.1 %29th184 MB/s21st37 MB/s52nd62 Months51st$2040th
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB $19
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. ...
35.3 %23rd76.6 %7th196 MB/s16th62 MB/s30th62 Months51st$1937th
34.9 %24th29.9 %48th122 MB/s48th48 MB/s38th60 Months42nd$3068th
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $9
The 16GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 is a remarkable flash drive. As well as packing a tiny form factor, the Ultra fit also boasts an impressive peak performance profi...
34.6 %25th34.4 %45th129 MB/s42nd43.7 MB/s48th36 Months6th$97th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 32GB $10
34.1 %26th19.4 %68th72.2 MB/s82nd35.6 MB/s58th80 Months98th$1011th
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 16GB $8
500 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 28% 7GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 8GB free, PID a838 @USB 2.1
33.4 %27th28.6 %50th131 MB/s40th23.9 MB/s72nd31 Months3rd$84th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 16GB $10
The V3 MAX is Verbatim's 2013 upgrade to the Store n go range of high performance USB 3.0 Flash Drives. Verbatim have promised a blisteringly fast 175 Mbps read and ...
32.2 %28th35.7 %40th172 MB/s27th42.6 MB/s49th51 Months14th$1010th
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB $31
213 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 51% 30GB free, PID 1a09 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 24GB free, PID 1a09 @USB 2.1
32 %29th57.1 %14th228 MB/s8th65.3 MB/s29th61 Months48th$3170th
Patriot Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 32GB $21
The Rage XT offers above average read performance but, like several of the other USB 3.0 flash drives we have reviewed, it has an asymmetrical performance profile wh...
31.7 %30th38 %37th176 MB/s24th49 MB/s37th60 Months42nd$2148th
Adata DashDrive UV150 USB 3.0 32GB $19
The 32GB DashDrive UV150 has an average performance profile for a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive. With sequential read/write speeds of 108/34 MBps the DashDrive favours re...
30.9 %31st34.3 %46th127 MB/s44th47.3 MB/s43rd51 Months14th$1938th
Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB $73
3 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 52% 52GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 41% 59GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
30.7 %32nd64.1 %12th220 MB/s9th140 MB/s7th55 Months30th$7399th
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB $22
The Kingston DataTraveler Rubber G2 has a robust (water/shock resistant) form factor and an above average performance profile for a 32GB flash drive. Comparing the p...
30.3 %33rd38.8 %34th149 MB/s34th45.1 MB/s45th40 Months9th$2253rd
Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 64GB $48
Once upon a time this was one of the best USB 3.0 drives available... Asof today it's close to the bottom of the pack on just about every objective performance crite...
29.9 %34th41.3 %28th128 MB/s43rd93 MB/s17th74 Months93rd$4887th
Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 16GB $8
The Lexar S23 is an extremely interesting value proposition. The sequential read/write speeds of 100/30 MBps are very respectable considering the exceptionally low p...
28.9 %35th27.6 %54th111 MB/s53rd29.9 MB/s60th55 Months30th$85th
Kingston DataTraveler G4 USB 3.0 32GB $13
The 32GB Datatraveler G4 has a below average performance profile for a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive but it's priced aggressively so it still represents reasonable value ...
28.7 %36th20.9 %65th77 MB/s76th32 MB/s59th46 Months12th$1319th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 32GB $7
354 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 30% 26GB free, PID 0243 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 7% 26GB free, PID 0243 @USB 2.1
27.6 %37th11.7 %100th43.2 MB/s101st17.2 MB/s85th63 Months57th$73rd
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $9
The Store n Go had a quirky performance profile. For its price the drive shone in the CrystalDiskMark and ATTO tests but the AS-SSD real world speed test revealed th...
25.8 %38th27 %57th81 MB/s71st45 MB/s46th63 Months57th$99th
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 64GB $26
111 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 16% 28GB free, PID a205 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 9GB free, PID a205 @USB 2.1
22.9 %39th17 %82nd45.9 MB/s97th36.8 MB/s54th67 Months63rd$2664th
Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB $71
The 32GB Jumpdrive P10 is one of the fastest flash drives I have seen in 2013. The P10 has exactly the same, superb, physical construction as its predecessor, the Ju...
22.4 %40th90.9 %4th250 MB/s4th215 MB/s2nd51 Months14th$7194th
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB $72
This is the third incarnation of what was once kingston's flagship flash drive. This version has a full metal body and comes with a retractable head, an improvement ...
22.2 %41st46.1 %25th180 MB/s22nd84 MB/s22nd55 Months30th$7295th
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB $104
Because of its fantastic headline read/write speeds, there is often a lot of interest in this drive. It's not available in 16GB so I couldn't include it in the stand...
21.7 %42nd64.8 %11th247 MB/s5th109 MB/s10th69 Months74th$104103rd
Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $80
31 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 43% 47GB free, PID 105b @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 34GB free, PID 105b @USB 2.1
21.5 %43rd49.1 %22nd190 MB/s17th90 MB/s21st84 Months102nd$80101st
Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB $33
38 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 37% 18GB free, PID 105b @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 1GB free, PID 105b @USB 2.1
21.1 %44th39.2 %33rd180 MB/s22nd48 MB/s38th84 Months102nd$3371st
Patriot Tab Micro USB 3.0 32GB $19
The Patriot Tab has a beautifully, compact and solid form factor. In many ways it's the USB 3.0 version of the hugely successful, but terribly slow USB 2.0 DataTrave...
20.7 %45th23.1 %60th112 MB/s52nd16 MB/s87th52 Months22nd$1939th
Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB $9
The Adata S102 Pro is a reasonable flash drive. Physically it has a reasonably compact form unlike its older sibling the N005 Nobility. In terms of performance the d...
20.4 %46th20.9 %64th90 MB/s64th23 MB/s73rd70 Months79th$98th
Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 64GB $99
This could have been a serious contender in the high speed USB 3.0 arena. On paper at least, with 260/220 MB/s read/write speeds, this drive would have had the highe...
20.2 %47th57 %15th232 MB/s7th82 MB/s23rd55 Months30th$99102nd
Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB $116
Around 15 months ago, when the 64GB Triton was released, it had one of the highest write speeds (177 MB/s) available on a consumer flash drive. Despite its great seq...
19.9 %48th66.1 %10th171 MB/s28th177 MB/s5th67 Months63rd$116104th
Transcend JetFlash 760 USB 3.0 32GB $20
19.7 %49th22.5 %61st82.7 MB/s67th40.1 MB/s50th70 Months79th$2044th
Adata S107 USB 3.0 16GB $10
Read = 100 MB/s / Write = 22 MB/s = Value rating = 5.5 ( Value is total MB/s per £ ) Weight = 13.6 g L = 8.1 W = 2.5 H = 0.9. Pros: The keyring fastener wont break,...
19.6 %50th23.6 %59th105 MB/s55th24 MB/s67th67 Months63rd$1013th
Transcend JetFlash 780 USB 3.0 16GB $16
We really like this drive, it's one of our favourites. The JetFlash 780 has superb benchmark scores, at 170 MB/s this drive has the highest sequential read score we ...
19.6 %51st35.5 %42nd170 MB/s29th39 MB/s51st67 Months63rd$1630th
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $13
Having just done a review of the 16GB Sandisk Ultra which wasn't a great performer but still managed to represent reasonable value for money, I was expecting much th...
18.8 %52nd13.6 %93rd65.9 MB/s87th8.45 MB/s102nd49 Months13th$1318th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 64GB $34
18.1 %53rd17.4 %81st81.7 MB/s70th22.8 MB/s74th80 Months98th$3474th
Silicon Power Blaze B20 USB 3.0 32GB $22
17.6 %54th22.1 %62nd105 MB/s55th18 MB/s84th52 Months22nd$2252nd
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB $36
241 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% 14GB free, PID 1697 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 19GB free, PID 1697 @USB 2.1
16.7 %55th34.5 %44th113 MB/s50th74 MB/s27th55 Months30th$3676th
Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 16GB $7
This is one of the Kingston's newest flash drives and yet another drive from Kingston with no claimed read or write speeds on the official documentation, not an enco...
16.3 %56th13.1 %95th62.6 MB/s89th9.9 MB/s99th52 Months22nd$72nd
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 64GB $26
149 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 31% 52GB free, PID 0243 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 7% 54GB free, PID 0243 @USB 2.1
16.3 %57th12.1 %97th49.3 MB/s94th16 MB/s87th63 Months57th$2665th
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB $15
We like the Kingston Datatraveler R3.0 a lot. It has an extremely well-rounded performance profile, rock solid construction, good real world performance and comes at...
16.2 %58th27.5 %55th95.9 MB/s59th47.4 MB/s42nd62 Months51st$1527th
Adata DashDrive UV150 USB 3.0 16GB $16
The 16GB DashDrive UV150 is a budget USB 3.0 drive from Adata. Unfortunately the performance profile is far more "budget" than the price. With sequential read/write ...
16 %59th28.4 %51st125 MB/s47th25.2 MB/s64th51 Months14th$1629th
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $8
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 hig...
15.6 %60th15.1 %89th75.5 MB/s79th8.85 MB/s101st55 Months30th$86th
Silicon Power Marvel M01 USB 3.0 16GB $11
14.9 %61st18.8 %74th94.8 MB/s60th10.9 MB/s98th72 Months87th$1114th
Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB $44
The 16GB Jumpdrive P10 decimates the existing sequential write speed records. With a sequential write speed of 161 MB/s the P10 is 52% faster than the current record...
14.9 %62nd75.4 %8th219 MB/s11th161 MB/s6th51 Months14th$4482nd
Transcend JetFlash 760 USB 3.0 16GB $12
The JetFlash 760 is not particulary well built, it rattles when you shake it and the plastic feels cheap and hollow. In terms of performance the drive is just below ...
14.5 %63rd19.4 %69th80 MB/s73rd26 MB/s61st70 Months79th$1215th
Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 32GB $60
2 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 46% 20GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 41% 16GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
14.4 %64th49.4 %21st189 MB/s19th95 MB/s15th56 Months39th$6092nd
Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB $25
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 r...
14.4 %65th41.1 %30th198 MB/s14th45 MB/s46th60 Months42nd$2562nd
Mushkin Ventura Pro USB 3.0 64GB $72
37 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 38% 43GB free, PID 5200 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 37GB free, PID 5200 @USB 2.1
13.7 %66th28.3 %52nd104 MB/s57th53.1 MB/s35th72 Months87th$7295th
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 16GB $12
The Supersonic boost has an interesting performance profile. The drive put in an excellent performance in the random 4K write test where it significantly outperforme...
13.7 %67th18.7 %75th82 MB/s68th19 MB/s82nd65 Months62nd$1216th
Transcend JetFlash 810 USB 3.0 32GB $25
13.4 %68th19.2 %72nd85 MB/s65th24 MB/s67th53 Months26th$2563rd
Intenso Speed Line USB 3.0 16GB $13
The Intenso Speed Line has a slightly below average performance profile for a USB 3.0 thumb drive but it is priced extremely aggressively making it excellent value f...
12.6 %69th18.8 %73rd81 MB/s71st19 MB/s82nd69 Months74th$1323rd
Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB $72
The 16GB version of this drive currently ranks 4/27 in my USB 3.0 flash drive group test. The 32GB version has the same great aesthetics as its 16GB sibling but due ...
12.5 %70th51.7 %18th167 MB/s31st115 MB/s9th67 Months63rd$7295th
Kingston DataTraveler 111 USB 3.0 32GB $23
35 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 15% 26GB free, PID 1693 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 10GB free, PID 1693 @USB 2.1
12.1 %71st16.1 %85th80 MB/s73rd11 MB/s95th60 Months42nd$2358th
Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 16GB $22
Despite a very strong sequential read speed of 153 MB/s, we are disappointed with this drive. Given its high price point we expect a more symmetrical read/write perf...
11.9 %72nd30.7 %47th153 MB/s33rd24 MB/s67th84 Months102nd$2254th
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB $29
The 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager GT is an above average performer. With burst sequential read/write speeds of 130/24 MBps the GT has a reasonable large file performanc...
11.6 %73rd38.3 %35th157 MB/s32nd36.8 MB/s54th61 Months48th$2966th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 16GB $10
We are a bit disappointed with this drive, our expectations were sky high but poor Crystalmark & ATTO benchmark results have let us down. We have only managed to...
11.3 %74th12.9 %96th50 MB/s93rd17 MB/s86th80 Months98th$1011th
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 32GB $55
11.3 %75th35.6 %41st113 MB/s50th75.6 MB/s26th72 Months87th$5589th
Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB $19
The DataTraveler Elite has a very well-rounded performance profile and it excels in the area of small file (~4K) read/write speeds. With a headline sequential read/w...
11.2 %76th24.2 %58th82 MB/s68th36 MB/s56th64 Months60th$1935th
Kingmax Pop Series USB 3.0 16GB $19
We are concerned about the reliability of the Kingmax Pop Series flash drives. We had to repeat several of our tests due to unknown I/O errors. The drive performed w...
9.62 %77th20.7 %66th93 MB/s61st21 MB/s76th69 Months74th$1935th
Integral Neon USB 3.0 16GB $14
The Integral Neon is a cheap but not so cheerful drive. On the face of it the drive has an almost reasonable sequential read speed but it's still below average for a...
9.36 %78th15.5 %87th75.1 MB/s80th10.9 MB/s97th60 Months42nd$1425th
9.34 %79th15.7 %86th90.4 MB/s63rd12 MB/s91st70 Months79th$1526th
Busbi Bolt USB 3.0 16GB $16
The Busbi Bolt is a good little flash drive. It is the smallest drive we have seen to date. We appreciate its low weight, small dimensions and solid build quality. T...
9.21 %80th16.8 %84th54 MB/s92nd26 MB/s61st71 Months86th$1631st
Transcend JetFlash 810 USB 3.0 16GB $15
I have not done a full review of this drive but given its relatively rare positioning as a Rugged USB 3.0 drive, the first drive I put it head to head with, based in...
7.73 %81st13.5 %94th75 MB/s81st12 MB/s92nd53 Months26th$1528th
Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB $60
The JumpDrive Triton has superb benchmark scores, it pretty much topped out in every single category. This kind of across the board performance is so rare that there...
7.41 %82nd50.8 %19th169 MB/s30th106 MB/s11th67 Months63rd$6091st
Kingston DataTraveler Mini USB 3.0 16GB $18
The 16GB DataTraveler Mini 3.0 has a tiny form factor, manages passable read speeds and is priced aggressively. With sequential read/write speeds of 76/8.9 MB/s the ...
7.39 %83rd15.4 %88th76 MB/s78th8.9 MB/s100th45 Months10th$1834th
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB $44
The DataTraveler Ultimate excels not because of its headline sequential speeds but because of its respectable and very balanced performance. Regardless of the worklo...
7.24 %84th36 %39th117 MB/s49th69 MB/s28th72 Months87th$4481st
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 16GB $17
The JumpDrive S73 is very light, weighing just 9 grams it's one of the lightest flash drives we have seen. From a performance perspective the JetFlash S73 is disappo...
7.22 %85th14.2 %90th46 MB/s95th21 MB/s76th67 Months63rd$1733rd
Super Talent Express DUO USB 3.0 16GB $22
The Express Duo was one of the first USB 3.0 drives to be mass produced, it has been in production for nearly two years. Benchmarks for the Express Duo are reasonabl...
7.15 %86th17.9 %79th70 MB/s85th20 MB/s79th81 Months101st$2250th
Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB $7
USB 2.0 is old tech, so in terms of performance this drive is less than half as fast as its USB 3.0 counterparts. Interestingly the 4K write speed is reasonable at 0...
6.98 %87th5.42 %104th16.9 MB/s104th5.56 MB/s104th68 Months73rd$71st
Hama Probo USB 3.0 16GB $25
The Hama Probo is a great all round flash drive with above average performance. The retractable mechanism is good and it's both small and light. In terms of value fo...
6.98 %88th19.7 %67th71 MB/s83rd36 MB/s56th70 Months79th$2559th
6.65 %89th44.1 %27th131 MB/s39th93.6 MB/s16th79 Months95th$5890th
6.47 %90th6.29 %103rd23.7 MB/s103rd6.93 MB/s103rd64 Months60th$1732nd
Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 16GB $25
The Supersonic Xpress has a great physical form, the innovative retractable design features a spring loaded back which snaps into place very satisfyingly, it's tempt...
6.31 %91st18 %77th63 MB/s88th25 MB/s65th73 Months92nd$2561st
Silicon Power Blaze B10 USB 3.0 16GB $20
We are disappointed with this drive, its performance is only approximately 50% higher than an average USB 2.0 drive and its not priced particularly aggressively. The...
5.97 %92nd13.7 %92nd46 MB/s95th20 MB/s79th72 Months87th$2045th
Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB $41
We had high expectations for this drive, unfortunately we were slightly disappointed. On the positive side the drive has excellent sequential read speeds, but the pe...
5.74 %93rd27.1 %56th130 MB/s41st24 MB/s67th67 Months63rd$4180th
Patriot Supersonic Pulse USB 3.0 16GB $30
The SuperSonic Pulse is one of the smaller drives we have tested. This drive has excellent all round read performance and very poor all round write performance. An a...
5.38 %94th18.4 %76th93 MB/s61st12 MB/s92nd70 Months79th$3068th
Emtec C650 USB 3.0 16GB $25
The Emtec C650 is not particularly well made, the retractable mechanism feels cheap and the drive does not perform particularly well either. At this time there are f...
5 %95th14.1 %91st44 MB/s100th24 MB/s67th67 Months63rd$2559th
Kingston DataTraveler 111 USB 3.0 16GB $23
There are no read/write speeds on any of the official documentation for this drive, usually a pretty clear signal, and an accurate one in this case. I don't have thi...
4.58 %96th12 %98th56.1 MB/s91st11.2 MB/s94th60 Months42nd$2356th
Mushkin Ventura USB 3.0 16GB $35
The Mushkin Ventura is the smallest USB 3.0 flash drive we have tested. There is no chance that this flash drive will obstruct adjacent ports on a computer as the dr...
4.5 %97th17.9 %78th66 MB/s86th25 MB/s65th70 Months79th$3575th
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 32GB $75
189 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 16% 12GB free, PID a205 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 1GB free, PID a205 @USB 3.0
3.95 %98th16.9 %83rd45.9 MB/s97th36.9 MB/s53rd67 Months63rd$75100th
Patriot Element USB 3.0 16GB $22
The Patriot Element is the second Micro USB 3.0 flash drive we have seen, unlike its predecessor, the PQI Micro USB, it was released in 2013. We had high hopes for t...
3.76 %99th9.34 %102nd34.7 MB/s102nd11 MB/s95th55 Months30th$2249th
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB $46
Physically the Flash Voyager is longer and wider than most drives, it has a very solid and safe feel to it thanks to its somewhat oversized rubber casing. In terms o...
3.7 %100th19.3 %71st79 MB/s75th22 MB/s75th76 Months94th$4685th
Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB $48
The Flash Survivor is twice both the size and weight of most flash drives. This drive would be as well suited to smuggling diamonds as it is to carrying mp3's and wo...
3.52 %101st19.3 %70th77 MB/s76th21 MB/s76th69 Months74th$4886th
CnMemory Evolution USB 3.0 16GB $45
3.45 %102nd17.7 %80th70.3 MB/s84th19.9 MB/s81st69 Months74th$4584th
Sony Micro Vault Click USB 3.0 16GB $33
The Micro Vault Click has a claimed read speed of up to 82 MB/s, no official figure for write speed is offered by Sony, usually a bad sign. User reviews indicate tha...
3.19 %103rd11.9 %99th62.6 MB/s89th13 MB/s89th59 Months41st$3372nd
PQI Intelligent Drive Micro USB 3.0 16GB $36
The PQI Micro is not a fast performer, in fact, it's the slowest USB 3.0 thumb drive we have reviewed to date and it's also considerably over priced. There is howeve...
2.69 %104th11.2 %101st45.3 MB/s99th12.1 MB/s90th58 Months40th$3676th
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