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(52.3)
Avg. bench(18.6)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(52.9)
Peak 4k-W(2.05)
Age months(84)
Price(30.1)
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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 5k
59
100th
73.5
23 - 113
99th
64GB
60th
188
98th
8.9
97th
103
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 3.7k
57
100th
60.6
24 - 92
98th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
98th
103
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $99
Samples 9.6k
55
100th
3.39
10th
25.6
12 - 39
76th
32GB
52nd
96.7
79th
3.6
94th
77
95th
$99
7th
4
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.4k
54
99th
61.3
29 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
98th
103
5th
5
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $20
Samples 1.9k
54
99th
12.3
39th
18.7
8 - 34
64th
32GB
52nd
48
66th
2.5
88th
94
9th
$20
51st
6
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 7.6k
54
99th
17.6
46th
21.4
11 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
43.4
64th
2.7
90th
77
95th
$8
87th
7
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 464
54
99th
51
11 - 93
97th
64GB
60th
250
99th
1
44th
71
97th
8
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 63
53
99th
49
12 - 82
96th
64GB
60th
231
99th
1.1
46th
92
10th
9
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 71
53
99th
58.3
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
99th
1.5
54th
92
10th
10
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 463
53
99th
25.7
11 - 40
77th
16GB
41st
47.4
66th
0.6
31st
103
6th
11
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 1.8k
53
99th
16.5
45th
16.4
7 - 30
55th
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
53rd
104
5th
$6
92nd
12
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $45
Samples 9.2k
53
99th
16.4
44th
27.9
13 - 39
81st
64GB
60th
92.9
77th
3.2
93rd
77
95th
$45
20th
13
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 199
53
99th
34.4
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
134
91st
1
44th
71
97th
14
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1k
53
99th
24.3
10 - 41
73rd
32GB
52nd
61.2
70th
1
44th
81
73rd
15
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.5k
53
99th
16.9
8 - 28
58th
16GB
41st
23
39th
0.24
25th
111
2nd
16
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 628
53
99th
31.9
11 - 51
88th
32GB
52nd
66.8
71st
1.7
59th
102
6th
17
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 36
52
97th
34.7
9 - 61
91st
16GB
41st
161
96th
1.4
52nd
92
10th
18
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 512
52
97th
27
9 - 48
79th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
96
8th
19
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 29
52
97th
28.1
11 - 47
81st
16GB
41st
106
86th
0.3
26th
108
4th
20
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 624
52
97th
45.8
10 - 83
96th
64GB
60th
109
87th
1.15
47th
110
3rd
21
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 101
52
97th
16.9
9 - 36
58th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
110
3rd
22
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
52
97th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
81+
78th
23
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 253
52
97th
22.7
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
108
4th
24
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 27
52
97th
24.2
10 - 40
73rd
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
101
7th
25
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.3k
52
97th
5.54
4 - 8
14th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
109
3rd
26
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 319
52
97th
32.3
10 - 61
88th
64GB
60th
105
85th
0.15
20th
102
6th
27
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 15k
52
97th
24
56th
23.2
12 - 35
71st
16GB
41st
8.85
8th
0.08
15th
96
9th
$6
93rd
28
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 319
52
97th
17.8
9 - 38
61st
16GB
41st
22
38th
0.18
21st
117
1st
29
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
95th
64GB
60th
140
92nd
0.04
14th
96
8th
30
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $9
Samples 25k
52
97th
37.8
71st
25.5
11 - 37
76th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
90
10th
$9
84th
31
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 332
52
97th
33.6
10 - 50
89th
64GB
60th
92
77th
0.33
27th
93
9th
32
Compare Intenso Speed Line USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 167
51
95th
12.7
7 - 27
41st
16GB
41st
19
35th
0.76
35th
110
3rd
33
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 53
51
95th
15.1
10 - 28
49th
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.23
25th
125
0th
34
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 65
51
95th
22.7
11 - 37
71st
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.1
16th
125
0th
35
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 5
51
95th
35
11 - 58
91st
64GB
60th
177
97th
0.4
28th
108
4th
36
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 41
51
95th
34.4
10 - 58
90th
32GB
52nd
115
89th
0.21
24th
108
4th
37
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 59
51
95th
23.9
11 - 43
72nd
64GB
60th
90
76th
0.1
16th
125
0th
38
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 99
51
95th
20.9
9 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
47.1
65th
0.98
43rd
102
6th
39
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB
Samples 69
51
95th
112
31 - 195
99th
256GB
65th
166
97th
41.3
99th
77+
95th
40
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 333
51
95th
20.7
10 - 45
68th
32GB
52nd
53.5
68th
1.63
58th
103
6th
41
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 235
51
95th
27.5
10 - 51
80th
64GB
60th
84
75th
0.08
15th
96
8th
42
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 116
51
95th
16.8
11 - 23
57th
16GB
41st
36
48th
0.46
29th
105
5th
43
Compare SanDisk Cruzer Blade 16GB
Samples 41k
51
95th
11.2
6 - 17
37th
16GB
41st
18.5
34th
3.1
92nd
85+
16th
44
Compare WD Elements 500GB
Samples 7.5k
51
95th
24.4
12 - 41
74th
500GB
77th
99.6
80th
2.3
82nd
85+
13th
45
Compare Kingston DT 101 G2 16GB
Samples 1.4k
51
95th
5.65
4 - 7
14th
16GB
41st
18.8
35th
0.8
36th
85+
24th
46
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 38
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.75
0th
0.01
5th
84+
28th
47
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 109
51
95th
25
10 - 37
75th
16GB
41st
69
72nd
0.7
34th
113
2nd
48
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $17
Samples 517
51
95th
38.2
72nd
24.4
9 - 46
74th
64GB
60th
97.5
79th
1.5
54th
120
1st
$17
59th
49
Compare Super Talent Express DUO USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 24
51
95th
14.7
8 - 18
46th
16GB
41st
20
36th
0.3
26th
122
1st
50
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 539
51
95th
20.7
9 - 32
68th
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.6
31st
96
8th
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