Average Bench: 22.6% (174th of 622)

Based on 3,550 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 0781 PID 5581 Models: SanDisk SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Ultra

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]

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Very poor average bench

The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB averaged 77.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.84MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.17MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB is 33.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 20.3MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 28.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,550 samples)
Min Avg Max
28 Read 77.9 135
7.55 Write 20.3 72.5
11.4 Mixed 28.1 91.9
43% 42.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
3.4 4K Read 5.22 7.14
0.26 4K Write 1.84 2.79
0.03 4K Mixed 1.17 1.67
122% 2.74 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
11GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 118
Write 12.1
Mixed 18.6
42% 49.5 MB/s
4K Read 5.79
4K Write 2.79
4K Mixed 1.57
170% 3.38 MB/s
15GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 118
Write 12.7
Mixed 21.3
44% 50.6 MB/s
4K Read 5.76
4K Write 2.53
4K Mixed 1.55
160% 3.28 MB/s
3GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 31.1
Write 9.29
Mixed 12.5
18% 17.6 MB/s
4K Read 4.64
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1.15
124% 2.6 MB/s
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 Comments

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8 days ago.

Poor packaging, dirt and lint gets into socket. No LED i/o light. Zentimo test: Type of file Speed of reading Speed of writing Small files (32.0 KB): 45.57 MB/s 2.81 MB/s Medium files (3.0 MB): 100.48 MB/s 22.48 MB/s Large files (100.0 MB): 104.68 MB/s 20.84 MB/s


Good

6 months ago.

I feel cheated. There's only 58.9 GB showing. Surely in laws relating to Sales Description you should get 64Gb or slightler over. Can you legally advertise something at more than it is?


Liked

7 months ago.

Comment 

Berbat! kendiliğinden yazma korumasına geçti ve çıkmıyor, biçimlendirilemiyor, sadece okunabiliyor. 16 GB'ın sadece 9-10 GB'ını doldurduktan sonra kilit! Daha önce de 2 adet MP3 player'de bu sorunu yaşamıştım, ikisi de çöp oldu bu da çöp oluyor :(—Apr '15


Good

10 months ago.

USB 2.0 not compatible ...


Liked

4 months ago.

Comment 

It reads 30+ and writs 20+ in usb2 I am very happy with the drive. It is real life experience—Sep '14


Good

6 months ago.

Fast flashdrive like no other else!


Poor

7 months ago.

Pretty average usb drive got it for 3 € so worth it.


Below average

6 months ago.

Extremely slow write, so so read .. There are far better options out there. I luckily only use it as an image backup for my Windows 10 install. It's too slow for anything else.


Good

12 months ago.

Not tested yet!


Very poor

3 years ago.


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