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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(40.9)
Avg. bench(18.7)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53)
Peak 4k-W(2.1)
Age months(100)
Price(17.3)
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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 5.7k
59
100th
71.8
21 - 111
99th
64GB
60th
188
98th
8.9
97th
119
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 4.1k
57
100th
63.8
25 - 93
99th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
119
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.8k
55
100th
62.2
29 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
97th
119
5th
4
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 12k
55
100th
25.4
11 - 38
75th
32GB
52nd
71.5
72nd
3.6
94th
93
95th
5
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 534
54
99th
56.2
12 - 94
97th
64GB
60th
255
100th
1
44th
87
97th
6
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $10
Samples 2.2k
54
99th
27.6
61st
21.6
8 - 37
69th
32GB
52nd
52.4
68th
2.82
91st
110
9th
$10
80th
7
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 500
53
99th
25.7
11 - 40
77th
16GB
41st
47.4
65th
0.6
31st
119
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
45th
108
10th
9
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 79
53
99th
54.8
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
98th
1.5
53rd
108
10th
10
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
53
99th
16.7
8 - 28
55th
16GB
41st
23
39th
0.24
25th
127
2nd
11
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 9.9k
53
99th
21.4
9 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
43.4
64th
2.7
90th
93
95th
12
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1.1k
53
99th
24.7
10 - 42
74th
32GB
52nd
67.9
71st
0.9
41st
97
73rd
13
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 701
53
99th
31.8
11 - 51
88th
32GB
52nd
70.4
72nd
1.7
59th
118
6th
14
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 224
53
99th
33.7
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
133
91st
1
44th
87
97th
15
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 11k
53
99th
25.8
11 - 39
77th
64GB
60th
91.2
77th
3.2
92nd
93
95th
16
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $9
Samples 2.4k
53
99th
13
39th
17.9
7 - 35
61st
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
52nd
120
5th
$9
85th
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
124
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
97+
78th
19
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
95th
64GB
60th
140
92nd
0.04
13th
112
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
108
10th
21
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 369
52
97th
33.4
10 - 50
89th
64GB
60th
92
77th
0.33
27th
109
9th
22
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 583
52
97th
27
10 - 49
80th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
112
8th
23
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 616
52
97th
47.9
12 - 83
96th
64GB
60th
109
88th
1.15
46th
126
3rd
24
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 126
52
97th
16.8
9 - 36
56th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
126
3rd
25
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 34
52
97th
26.2
11 - 40
78th
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
117
7th
26
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
52
97th
5.56
4 - 7
13th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
125
3rd
27
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 302
52
97th
23
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
124
4th
28
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 367
52
97th
18.1
9 - 38
62nd
16GB
41st
22
39th
0.18
22nd
133
1st
29
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 385
52
97th
32.2
9 - 60
88th
64GB
60th
105
85th
0.15
21st
118
6th
30
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
80.7
22 - 123
99th
128GB
63rd
216
98th
11.7
98th
97+
79th
31
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $8
Samples 34k
52
97th
44.2
73rd
25.4
10 - 37
76th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
106
11th
$8
92nd
32
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 19k
52
97th
25.1
57th
23.3
12 - 35
71st
16GB
41st
8.85
7th
0.08
15th
112
9th
$6
98th
33
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 7
51
95th
35
11 - 59
91st
64GB
60th
177
97th
0.4
28th
124
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
141
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
102
11th
36
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 5
51
95th
33.6
16 - 49
90th
32GB
52nd
95
78th
0.04
13th
113
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
127
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
25th
141
0th
39
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB
Samples 71
51
95th
114
34 - 195
99th
256GB
65th
170
97th
41.9
99th
93+
95th
40
Compare Patriot Element USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 12
51
95th
11.4
8 - 18
37th
16GB
41st
11
14th
0.2
22nd
112
8th
41
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 56
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.72
0th
0.01
5th
100+
28th
42
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 66
51
95th
23.5
10 - 43
72nd
64GB
60th
90
77th
0.1
16th
141
0th
43
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 44
51
95th
34.3
10 - 58
90th
32GB
52nd
115
89th
0.21
24th
124
4th
44
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 315
51
95th
21.8
9 - 34
69th
64GB
60th
47
65th
0.66
32nd
112
8th
45
Compare Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 89
51
95th
14.9
9 - 20
47th
16GB
41st
25
41st
0.02
9th
130
1st
46
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 260
51
95th
28.6
10 - 52
82nd
64GB
60th
84
75th
0.08
15th
112
8th
47
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 599
51
95th
20.7
9 - 32
67th
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.6
31st
112
8th
48
Compare Kingston DT 101 G2 16GB
Samples 1.8k
51
95th
5.74
4 - 8
15th
16GB
41st
18.7
34th
0.8
36th
100+
24th
49
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S25 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 1.6k
51
95th
22.4
9 - 38
70th
64GB
60th
86.8
76th
0.86
40th
88
97th
50
Compare Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 64GB
Samples 731
51
95th
50
12 - 90
96th
64GB
60th
203
98th
1
44th
77+
98th
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