UserBenchmark

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(38.5)
Avg. bench(18.7)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53.1)
Peak 4k-W(2.09)
Age months(94)
Price(20.2)
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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 5.6k
60
100th
72.5
22 - 112
99th
64GB
59th
188
98th
8.9
97th
114
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 4.1k
57
100th
63.9
24 - 92
99th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
114
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $99
Samples 12k
55
100th
3.34
10th
25.2
12 - 38
75th
32GB
52nd
88
76th
3.6
93rd
88
95th
$99
6th
4
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.7k
54
99th
61.8
31 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
97th
114
5th
5
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 510
54
99th
55.3
11 - 94
97th
64GB
59th
255
100th
1
44th
82
97th
6
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $20
Samples 2.2k
54
99th
13.7
42nd
20.9
8 - 36
67th
32GB
52nd
50.8
67th
2.84
91st
105
9th
$20
54th
7
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 73
53
99th
57.2
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
99th
1.5
54th
103
10th
8
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 65
53
99th
49.7
12 - 82
96th
64GB
59th
231
99th
1.1
45th
103
10th
9
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 219
53
99th
33.9
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
134
91st
1
44th
82
97th
10
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
53
99th
16.8
8 - 28
57th
16GB
41st
23
39th
0.24
25th
122
2nd
11
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 673
53
99th
31.8
11 - 51
88th
32GB
52nd
70.5
72nd
1.7
58th
113
6th
12
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 495
53
99th
25.7
11 - 40
76th
16GB
41st
47.4
65th
0.6
31st
113
6th
13
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 9.5k
53
99th
17.8
46th
21.7
11 - 31
69th
16GB
41st
43.3
63rd
2.7
90th
88
95th
$8
88th
14
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $45
Samples 11k
53
99th
15.4
44th
26.3
11 - 39
78th
64GB
59th
89.9
77th
3.2
92nd
88
95th
$45
20th
15
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1.1k
53
99th
24.7
10 - 42
74th
32GB
52nd
67.4
71st
0.9
42nd
92
74th
16
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $12
Samples 2.2k
53
99th
9.53
33rd
17.4
7 - 34
60th
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
53rd
115
5th
$12
72nd
17
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 33
52
97th
26.8
11 - 46
79th
16GB
41st
106
86th
0.3
26th
119
4th
18
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 38
52
97th
33.5
9 - 61
90th
16GB
41st
161
96th
1.4
52nd
103
10th
19
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
52
97th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
91+
78th
20
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 30
52
97th
25
10 - 40
74th
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
112
7th
21
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
95th
64GB
59th
140
92nd
0.04
14th
107
8th
22
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 555
52
97th
27.1
10 - 48
80th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
107
8th
23
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 355
52
97th
32.6
10 - 61
89th
64GB
59th
105
85th
0.15
20th
113
6th
24
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 624
52
97th
47.2
12 - 83
96th
64GB
59th
109
88th
1.15
46th
121
3rd
25
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 122
52
97th
16.9
9 - 36
57th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
121
3rd
26
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 286
52
97th
23.1
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
119
4th
27
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB
Samples 1.3k
52
97th
80.2
22 - 123
99th
128GB
63rd
216
99th
11.7
98th
91+
79th
28
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 355
52
97th
18
9 - 38
62nd
16GB
41st
22
39th
0.18
22nd
128
1st
29
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 363
52
97th
33.3
10 - 50
89th
64GB
59th
92
77th
0.33
27th
104
9th
30
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.5k
52
97th
5.58
4 - 8
14th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
120
3rd
31
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $7
Samples 18k
52
97th
20.5
51st
22.5
10 - 34
70th
16GB
41st
8.85
8th
0.08
15th
106
9th
$7
93rd
32
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $9
Samples 28k
52
97th
39
72nd
25.7
11 - 37
77th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
101
11th
$9
85th
33
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 7
51
95th
35
11 - 59
91st
64GB
59th
177
97th
0.4
28th
119
4th
34
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB
Samples 70
51
95th
113
31 - 190
99th
256GB
66th
170
97th
41.1
99th
88+
95th
35
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 67
51
95th
23
11 - 37
71st
32GB
52nd
48
65th
0.1
16th
136
0th
36
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 54
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.72
0th
0.01
5th
95+
28th
37
Compare Super Talent Express DUO USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 26
51
95th
14.8
8 - 18
46th
16GB
41st
20
36th
0.3
26th
133
1st
38
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 111
51
95th
25.3
11 - 46
75th
64GB
59th
64.6
70th
1.7
58th
113
6th
39
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB
Samples 38
51
95th
143
36 - 209
100th
60GB
53rd
91.6
77th
55.5
100th
97
11th
40
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 5
51
95th
33.6
16 - 49
90th
32GB
52nd
95
78th
0.04
14th
108
7th
41
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 120GB
Samples 48
51
95th
140
30 - 269
100th
120GB
61st
164
96th
71.3
100th
91+
79th
42
Compare Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 84
51
95th
14.8
9 - 20
46th
16GB
41st
25
41st
0.02
10th
125
1st
43
Compare Patriot Element USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 11
51
95th
10.8
8 - 18
36th
16GB
41st
11
14th
0.2
22nd
107
8th
44
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 132
51
95th
16.9
11 - 23
57th
16GB
41st
36
47th
0.46
29th
116
5th
45
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 620
51
95th
13.3
9 - 16
42nd
32GB
52nd
36.9
48th
0.05
14th
119
4th
46
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 111
51
95th
20.4
9 - 31
66th
16GB
41st
47
65th
0.97
43rd
113
6th
47
Compare Patriot Supersonic Pulse USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 35
51
95th
9.88
6 - 16
33rd
16GB
41st
12
17th
0.13
20th
122
2nd
48
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 64
51
95th
23.8
11 - 43
72nd
64GB
59th
90
77th
0.1
16th
136
0th
49
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 117
51
95th
24.9
10 - 37
74th
16GB
41st
69
71st
0.7
33rd
124
2nd
50
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 483
51
95th
16.7
8 - 27
56th
16GB
41st
29.9
43rd
1.1
45th
107
8th
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