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USB Rankings - April 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?

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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

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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?

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Max Avg Min 287 124 16.9 231 52.9 5.56 23 8.68 1.4 55.5 1.31 0.01 234 35.4 5.42
Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB $62
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...
266 MB/s3rd91.6 MB/s19th22.5 MB/s2nd55.5 MB/s1st234 %1st
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB $33
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...
197 MB/s15th188 MB/s4th13 MB/s14th8.9 MB/s4th100 %2nd
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...
235 MB/s6th231 MB/s1st14 MB/s11th1.1 MB/s19th91.1 %3rd
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...
250 MB/s4th215 MB/s2nd13.4 MB/s13th1.5 MB/s9th90.9 %4th
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB $35
149 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 60GB free, PID a212 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 0GB free, PID a212 @USB 2.1
287 MB/s1st200 MB/s3rd8.56 MB/s40th1.01 MB/s25th90.3 %5th
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...
202 MB/s12th117 MB/s8th11.8 MB/s22nd10.1 MB/s2nd88.6 %6th
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB $18
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. ...
196 MB/s16th62 MB/s30th15.3 MB/s9th10.1 MB/s2nd76.6 %7th
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...
219 MB/s11th161 MB/s6th18 MB/s5th1.4 MB/s13th75.4 %8th
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB $21
60 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 63% 27GB free, PID a212 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 25GB free, PID a212 @USB 2.1
281 MB/s2nd98.6 MB/s14th10.7 MB/s25th0.98 MB/s26th67.8 %9th
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...
171 MB/s28th177 MB/s5th6.2 MB/s71st0.4 MB/s42nd66.1 %10th
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...
247 MB/s5th109 MB/s10th7.2 MB/s54th1.15 MB/s17th64.8 %11th
Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB $70
3 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 52% 52GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 41% 59GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
220 MB/s9th140 MB/s7th6.5 MB/s67th0.04 MB/s91st64.1 %12th
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB $47
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...
220 MB/s9th105 MB/s13th20 MB/s3rd0.15 MB/s71st60 %13th
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB $27
177 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 51% 30GB free, PID 1a09 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 12% 24GB free, PID 1a09 @USB 2.1
227 MB/s8th66.1 MB/s29th19.8 MB/s4th1.68 MB/s7th57.2 %14th
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...
232 MB/s7th82 MB/s23rd23 MB/s1st0.02 MB/s95th57 %15th
Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $21
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...
186 MB/s20th91.4 MB/s20th7.36 MB/s52nd1.46 MB/s10th53.1 %16th
Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB $30
152 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 47% 56GB free, PID de7a @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 16GB free, PID de7a @USB 2.1
200 MB/s13th92 MB/s18th8.9 MB/s34th0.33 MB/s44th52.2 %17th
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 ...
167 MB/s31st115 MB/s9th7.3 MB/s53rd0.21 MB/s58th51.7 %18th
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...
169 MB/s30th106 MB/s11th9.6 MB/s30th0.3 MB/s48th50.8 %19th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 32GB $19
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...
175 MB/s25th80 MB/s24th16 MB/s7th1.02 MB/s23rd49.7 %20th
Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 32GB $40
2 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 46% 20GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 41% 16GB free, PID 106c @USB 3.0
189 MB/s19th95 MB/s15th4.8 MB/s89th0.04 MB/s91st49.4 %21st
Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $80
28 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 43% 47GB free, PID 105b @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 34GB free, PID 105b @USB 2.1
190 MB/s17th90 MB/s21st6.9 MB/s62nd0.1 MB/s75th49.1 %22nd
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 64GB $30
49 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% 52GB free, PID 168e @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 59GB free, PID 168e @USB 2.1
190 MB/s17th60.7 MB/s31st12.2 MB/s19th1.43 MB/s11th48.1 %23rd
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 64GB $22
331 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 43% 11GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 60GB free, PID a838 @USB 2.1
143 MB/s36th106 MB/s11th6.12 MB/s74th0.86 MB/s29th47.9 %24th
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 ...
180 MB/s22nd84 MB/s22nd5.9 MB/s76th0.08 MB/s81st46.1 %25th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 64GB $36
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...
175 MB/s25th80 MB/s24th6.34 MB/s70th0.28 MB/s53rd45.2 %26th
131 MB/s39th93.6 MB/s16th12.4 MB/s18th0.57 MB/s38th44.1 %27th
Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 64GB $40
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...
128 MB/s43rd93 MB/s17th6.4 MB/s69th0.31 MB/s46th41.3 %28th
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB $20
112 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 38% 27GB free, PID 168e @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 1GB free, PID 168e @USB 2.1
183 MB/s21st37.4 MB/s52nd12.2 MB/s19th1.15 MB/s17th41.1 %29th
Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB $18
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...
198 MB/s14th45 MB/s46th6.7 MB/s65th0.31 MB/s46th41.1 %30th
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $20
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...
142 MB/s37th57 MB/s32nd5.56 MB/s81st1.83 MB/s6th40 %31st
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/...
137 MB/s38th55.6 MB/s34th6.84 MB/s64th2.03 MB/s5th39.8 %32nd
Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB $33
33 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 37% 18GB free, PID 105b @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 1GB free, PID 105b @USB 2.1
180 MB/s22nd48 MB/s39th10 MB/s29th0.1 MB/s75th39.2 %33rd
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB $21
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...
149 MB/s34th45.2 MB/s45th15.8 MB/s8th1.17 MB/s16th38.8 %34th
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 32GB $14
703 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 36% 30GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 30GB free, PID a838 @USB 2.1
149 MB/s34th56.2 MB/s33rd6.67 MB/s66th1.02 MB/s23rd38.6 %35th
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...
157 MB/s32nd36.8 MB/s54th16.3 MB/s6th1.2 MB/s15th38.3 %36th
Patriot Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 32GB $20
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...
176 MB/s24th49 MB/s38th6.99 MB/s60th0.06 MB/s87th38 %37th
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...
126 MB/s45th55.1 MB/s35th8.01 MB/s49th1.33 MB/s14th36.3 %38th
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...
117 MB/s49th69 MB/s28th7.9 MB/s50th0.7 MB/s31st36 %39th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 Max USB 3.0 16GB $13
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 ...
172 MB/s27th42.6 MB/s49th6.2 MB/s71st0.01 MB/s100th35.7 %40th
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 32GB $55
113 MB/s50th75.6 MB/s26th5.4 MB/s83rd0.46 MB/s40th35.6 %41st
Transcend JetFlash 780 USB 3.0 16GB $15
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 ...
170 MB/s29th39 MB/s51st6.2 MB/s71st0.3 MB/s48th35.5 %42nd
Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 32GB $12
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...
126 MB/s45th51.9 MB/s37th9.49 MB/s32nd1.03 MB/s22nd35 %43rd
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB $36
220 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% 29GB free, PID 1697 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 9% 19GB free, PID 1697 @USB 2.1
113 MB/s50th74 MB/s27th5.9 MB/s76th0.2 MB/s61st34.5 %44th
SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
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...
129 MB/s41st43.7 MB/s48th6.1 MB/s75th1.52 MB/s8th34.3 %45th
Adata DashDrive UV150 USB 3.0 32GB $18
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...
127 MB/s44th47.9 MB/s42nd8.4 MB/s43rd1.06 MB/s21st34.1 %46th
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...
153 MB/s33rd24 MB/s67th10.9 MB/s24th0.23 MB/s57th30.7 %47th
122 MB/s48th48 MB/s39th7 MB/s56th0.03 MB/s94th29.9 %48th
Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB $13
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...
110 MB/s54th48 MB/s39th5.6 MB/s80th0.6 MB/s36th29.6 %49th
Mushkin Ventura Pro USB 3.0 64GB $72
35 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 38% 43GB free, PID 5200 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 11% 37GB free, PID 5200 @USB 2.1
104 MB/s57th53.1 MB/s36th3.79 MB/s96th0.25 MB/s55th28.3 %50th
Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 16GB $9
404 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 27% 7GB free, PID a838 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 8GB free, PID a838 @USB 2.1
129 MB/s41st23.7 MB/s72nd6.97 MB/s61st0.91 MB/s27th28.3 %51st
Adata DashDrive UV150 USB 3.0 16GB $13
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 ...
123 MB/s47th25.8 MB/s64th8.57 MB/s39th0.91 MB/s27th28.3 %52nd
Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 64GB $25
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...
102 MB/s58th47 MB/s44th4.9 MB/s88th0.66 MB/s35th28.2 %53rd
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...
111 MB/s53rd29.9 MB/s60th6.5 MB/s67th1.1 MB/s19th27.6 %54th
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...
95.9 MB/s59th47.4 MB/s43rd5.9 MB/s76th0.6 MB/s36th27.5 %55th
Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB $30
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...
130 MB/s40th24 MB/s67th10.1 MB/s28th0.21 MB/s59th27.1 %56th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $8
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...
81 MB/s71st45 MB/s46th4.6 MB/s92nd1.43 MB/s11th27 %57th
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...
82 MB/s68th36 MB/s56th13 MB/s14th0.46 MB/s40th24.2 %58th
Adata S107 USB 3.0 16GB $12
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,...
105 MB/s55th24 MB/s67th12.5 MB/s17th0.05 MB/s89th23.6 %59th
Patriot Tab Micro USB 3.0 32GB $17
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...
112 MB/s52nd16 MB/s87th5.2 MB/s85th0.7 MB/s31st23.1 %60th
Transcend JetFlash 760 USB 3.0 32GB $10
82.7 MB/s67th40.1 MB/s50th5.2 MB/s85th0.16 MB/s70th22.5 %61st
Silicon Power Blaze B20 USB 3.0 32GB $14
105 MB/s55th18 MB/s84th5.3 MB/s84th0.55 MB/s39th22.1 %62nd
84 MB/s66th26 MB/s61st4.6 MB/s92nd0.67 MB/s34th21 %63rd
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...
90 MB/s64th23 MB/s73rd9 MB/s33rd0.24 MB/s56th20.9 %64th
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 ...
77 MB/s76th32 MB/s59th7.5 MB/s51st0.32 MB/s45th20.9 %65th
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...
93 MB/s61st21 MB/s76th8.7 MB/s37th0.2 MB/s61st20.7 %66th
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...
71 MB/s83rd36 MB/s56th5 MB/s87th0.11 MB/s74th19.7 %67th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 32GB $16
72.2 MB/s82nd35.6 MB/s58th4.7 MB/s90th0.04 MB/s93rd19.4 %68th
Transcend JetFlash 760 USB 3.0 16GB $10
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 ...
80 MB/s73rd26 MB/s61st7 MB/s56th0.15 MB/s71st19.4 %69th
Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB $24
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...
77 MB/s76th21 MB/s76th13.9 MB/s12th0.1 MB/s75th19.3 %70th
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...
79 MB/s75th22 MB/s75th10.7 MB/s25th0.18 MB/s68th19.3 %71st
Transcend JetFlash 810 USB 3.0 32GB $21
85 MB/s65th24 MB/s67th4.5 MB/s94th0.2 MB/s61st19.2 %72nd
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...
81 MB/s71st19 MB/s82nd2.4 MB/s97th0.76 MB/s30th18.8 %73rd
Silicon Power Marvel M01 USB 3.0 16GB $10
94.8 MB/s60th10.9 MB/s98th8.88 MB/s36th0.18 MB/s67th18.8 %74th
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 16GB $11
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...
82 MB/s68th19 MB/s82nd2.4 MB/s97th0.7 MB/s31st18.7 %75th
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...
93 MB/s61st12 MB/s92nd8.2 MB/s46th0.13 MB/s73rd18.4 %76th
Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 16GB $17
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...
63 MB/s88th25 MB/s65th14.2 MB/s10th0.02 MB/s95th18 %77th
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...
66 MB/s86th25 MB/s65th12 MB/s21st0.02 MB/s95th17.9 %78th
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...
70 MB/s85th20 MB/s79th10.3 MB/s27th0.3 MB/s48th17.9 %79th
CnMemory Evolution USB 3.0 16GB $45
70.3 MB/s84th19.9 MB/s81st11 MB/s23rd0.2 MB/s66th17.7 %80th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 64GB $30
81.7 MB/s70th22.8 MB/s74th1.4 MB/s101st0.08 MB/s80th17.4 %81st
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 64GB $24
95 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 16% 28GB free, PID a205 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 9GB free, PID a205 @USB 2.1
45.9 MB/s97th36.8 MB/s54th8.9 MB/s34th0.08 MB/s86th17 %82nd
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 32GB $75
169 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 16% 2GB free, PID a205 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 10% 27GB free, PID a205 @USB 2.1
45.9 MB/s97th36.9 MB/s53rd8.7 MB/s37th0.05 MB/s88th16.9 %83rd
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...
54 MB/s92nd26 MB/s61st12.9 MB/s16th0.08 MB/s81st16.8 %84th
Kingston DataTraveler 111 USB 3.0 32GB $23
29 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 16% 26GB free, PID 1693 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 7% 10GB free, PID 1693 @USB 2.1
80 MB/s73rd11 MB/s95th8.5 MB/s41st0.02 MB/s95th16.1 %85th
90.4 MB/s63rd12 MB/s91st--15.7 %86th
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...
75.1 MB/s80th10.9 MB/s97th8.2 MB/s46th0.1 MB/s75th15.5 %87th
Kingston DataTraveler Mini USB 3.0 16GB $23
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 ...
76 MB/s78th8.9 MB/s100th6.9 MB/s62nd0.25 MB/s54th15.4 %88th
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $10
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...
75.5 MB/s79th8.85 MB/s101st8.35 MB/s45th0.08 MB/s81st15.1 %89th
Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 16GB $19
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...
46 MB/s95th21 MB/s76th9.6 MB/s30th0.21 MB/s59th14.2 %90th
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...
44 MB/s100th24 MB/s67th8.2 MB/s46th0.18 MB/s68th14.1 %91st
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...
46 MB/s95th20 MB/s79th8.5 MB/s41st0.2 MB/s61st13.7 %92nd
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $15
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...
65.9 MB/s87th8.45 MB/s102nd8.38 MB/s44th0.08 MB/s81st13.6 %93rd
Transcend JetFlash 810 USB 3.0 16GB $12
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...
75 MB/s81st12 MB/s92nd--13.5 %94th
Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 16GB $6
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...
62.6 MB/s89th9.9 MB/s99th7.1 MB/s55th0.05 MB/s90th13.1 %95th
Transcend JetFlash 700 USB 3.0 16GB $11
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...
50 MB/s93rd17 MB/s86th4.4 MB/s95th0.3 MB/s48th12.9 %96th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 64GB $16
122 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 32% 52GB free, PID 0243 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 54GB free, PID 0243 @USB 2.1
49.3 MB/s94th16 MB/s87th2.38 MB/s99th0.3 MB/s48th12.1 %97th
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...
56.1 MB/s91st11.2 MB/s94th5.88 MB/s79th0.01 MB/s100th12 %98th
Sony Micro Vault Click USB 3.0 16GB $18
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...
62.6 MB/s89th13 MB/s89th--11.9 %99th
Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 32GB $12
261 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 31% 22GB free, PID 0243 @USB 3.0
Worst Bench: 8% 8GB free, PID 0243 @USB 2.1
43.2 MB/s101st17.2 MB/s85th7 MB/s56th0.02 MB/s95th11.7 %100th
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...
45.3 MB/s99th12.1 MB/s90th7 MB/s56th0.1 MB/s75th11.2 %101st
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...
34.7 MB/s102nd11 MB/s95th5.5 MB/s82nd0.2 MB/s61st9.34 %102nd
23.7 MB/s103rd6.93 MB/s103rd4.64 MB/s91st0.08 MB/s81st6.29 %103rd
Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB $6
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...
16.9 MB/s104th5.56 MB/s104th2.23 MB/s100th0.4 MB/s42nd5.42 %104th
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