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Speed test your USB in less than a minute.

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]

639 USBs
Media
Brand
Seller
User rating(50.2)
Value(45.8)
Avg. bench(18.7)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53)
Peak 4k-W(2.1)
Age months(103)
Price(19.9)
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FAQ

Why is bigger better?

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

What are the main factors to look out for?

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?

A measure of real world Flash Drive performance and capacity per unit cost... more

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 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 their jointly developed, revolutionary storage technology as employed in Intel’s Optane memory... more

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

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

What is sustained sequential write speed?

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

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1
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 6k
59
100th
73.3
22 - 111
99th
64GB
60th
188
98th
8.9
97th
122
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 4.2k
57
100th
64.5
25 - 93
99th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
122
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.9k
55
100th
62.1
29 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
97th
122
5th
4
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $99
Samples 13k
55
100th
3.32
10th
25.1
10 - 38
75th
32GB
52nd
67.5
71st
3.6
94th
96
95th
$99
7th
5
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 536
54
99th
56.6
12 - 94
97th
64GB
60th
255
100th
1
44th
90
97th
6
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $12
Samples 2.3k
54
99th
23.9
57th
21.8
8 - 37
69th
32GB
52nd
53.6
68th
2.8
91st
113
9th
$12
76th
7
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 505
53
99th
25.7
11 - 40
76th
16GB
41st
47.4
65th
0.6
31st
121
6th
8
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 65
53
99th
49.7
12 - 82
96th
64GB
60th
231
99th
1.1
46th
111
10th
9
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 80
53
99th
54.5
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
99th
1.5
54th
111
10th
10
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
53
99th
16.7
8 - 27
55th
16GB
41st
23
39th
0.24
25th
130
2nd
11
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 701
53
99th
31.6
11 - 51
87th
32GB
52nd
70.4
72nd
1.7
58th
121
6th
12
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1.2k
53
99th
24.8
10 - 42
74th
32GB
52nd
67.7
71st
0.9
41st
100
74th
13
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 224
53
99th
33.7
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
133
91st
1
44th
90
97th
14
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 10k
53
99th
17.7
45th
21.6
10 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
43.3
63rd
2.7
90th
96
95th
$8
90th
15
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $12
Samples 2.4k
53
99th
9.83
35th
18.1
7 - 35
62nd
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
52nd
123
5th
$12
75th
16
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $45
Samples 12k
53
99th
15.5
43rd
26.4
12 - 39
78th
64GB
60th
90.6
77th
3.2
92nd
96
95th
$45
20th
17
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 33
52
97th
26.8
11 - 46
79th
16GB
41st
106
85th
0.3
25th
127
4th
18
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
52
97th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
99+
78th
19
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
95th
64GB
60th
140
92nd
0.04
14th
115
8th
20
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 39
52
97th
34.2
9 - 61
90th
16GB
41st
161
96th
1.4
51st
111
10th
21
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 34
52
97th
26.2
11 - 40
78th
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
120
7th
22
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 587
52
97th
27
10 - 49
79th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
115
8th
23
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 633
52
97th
48.2
12 - 83
96th
64GB
60th
109
87th
1.15
46th
129
3rd
24
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 374
52
97th
33.2
10 - 50
89th
64GB
60th
92
77th
0.33
26th
112
9th
25
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 306
52
97th
23
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
127
4th
26
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 376
52
97th
18.2
9 - 38
62nd
16GB
41st
22
39th
0.18
21st
136
1st
27
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 130
52
97th
16.6
9 - 36
55th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
129
3rd
28
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 392
52
97th
32.1
9 - 60
88th
64GB
60th
105
85th
0.15
21st
121
6th
29
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
81.2
23 - 123
99th
128GB
62nd
215
99th
11.7
98th
99+
79th
30
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
52
97th
5.55
4 - 7
13th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
128
3rd
31
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $7
Samples 19k
52
97th
21.2
53rd
22.8
10 - 34
71st
16GB
41st
8.85
7th
0.08
15th
115
9th
$7
96th
32
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $8
Samples 33k
52
97th
45.5
76th
26
11 - 38
77th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
109
11th
$8
93rd
33
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 7
51
95th
35
11 - 59
91st
64GB
60th
177
97th
0.4
28th
127
4th
34
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 67
51
95th
23
11 - 37
71st
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.1
16th
144
0th
35
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB
Samples 38
51
95th
143
36 - 209
100th
60GB
53rd
91.6
77th
55.5
100th
105
11th
36
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 5
51
95th
33.6
16 - 49
90th
32GB
52nd
95
78th
0.04
14th
116
7th
37
Compare Patriot Supersonic Pulse USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 35
51
95th
9.88
6 - 16
33rd
16GB
41st
12
17th
0.13
20th
130
2nd
38
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 57
51
95th
15.4
10 - 28
50th
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.23
24th
144
0th
39
Compare Patriot Element USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 12
51
95th
11.4
8 - 18
37th
16GB
41st
11
14th
0.2
22nd
115
8th
40
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 116
51
95th
25.6
11 - 46
76th
64GB
60th
63.9
70th
1.7
58th
121
6th
41
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 123
51
95th
25.5
10 - 37
76th
16GB
41st
69
72nd
0.7
33rd
132
2nd
42
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 263
51
95th
28.6
10 - 52
82nd
64GB
60th
84
75th
0.08
15th
115
8th
43
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 67
51
95th
23.6
10 - 43
72nd
64GB
60th
90
77th
0.1
16th
144
0th
44
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 45
51
95th
33.9
10 - 58
90th
32GB
52nd
115
89th
0.21
24th
127
4th
45
Compare Adata DashDrive UV150 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.2k
51
95th
16
7 - 29
53rd
16GB
41st
36.5
48th
1.52
54th
111
10th
46
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 144
51
95th
16.8
10 - 23
56th
16GB
41st
36
47th
0.46
28th
124
5th
47
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 56
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.72
0th
0.01
5th
103+
28th
48
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 457
51
95th
10.9
8 - 13
36th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.21
24th
127
4th
49
Compare WD Elements 500GB
Samples 10k
51
95th
23.9
10 - 41
72nd
500GB
76th
97.3
79th
2.3
82nd
104+
13th
50
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 500
51
95th
16.7
8 - 27
56th
16GB
41st
29.9
43rd
1.1
46th
115
8th
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