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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(58.5)
Avg. bench(18.6)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53.1)
Peak 4k-W(2.08)
Age months(87)
Price(19)
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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 4.8k
60
100th
74
22 - 112
99th
64GB
59th
188
98th
8.9
97th
106
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 3.8k
57
100th
61.5
24 - 92
98th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
106
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $99
Samples 10k
55
100th
3.24
10th
24.5
11 - 38
74th
32GB
52nd
91.9
77th
3.7
94th
80
95th
$99
6th
4
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.6k
54
99th
61.4
29 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
97th
106
5th
5
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $6
Samples 2k
54
99th
38.8
71st
19.2
8 - 35
65th
32GB
52nd
48.2
66th
2.6
90th
97
9th
$6
92nd
6
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 462
54
99th
51.6
11 - 93
97th
64GB
59th
252
100th
1
44th
74
97th
7
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 65
53
99th
49.7
12 - 82
97th
64GB
59th
231
99th
1.1
46th
95
10th
8
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 71
53
99th
58.3
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
99th
1.5
54th
95
10th
9
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 477
53
99th
25.5
11 - 40
76th
16GB
41st
47.4
65th
0.6
31st
106
6th
10
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 8.2k
53
99th
17.2
45th
21
9 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
43.5
64th
2.6
90th
80
95th
$8
85th
11
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $10
Samples 10k
53
99th
68.5
89th
26.1
11 - 39
78th
64GB
59th
88.4
76th
3.2
92nd
80
95th
$10
75th
12
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 207
53
99th
34
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
133
91st
1
44th
74
97th
13
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.5k
53
99th
16.9
8 - 28
58th
16GB
41st
23
40th
0.24
25th
114
2nd
14
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1k
53
99th
24.5
10 - 41
74th
32GB
52nd
63.5
70th
0.95
43rd
84
73rd
15
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 640
53
99th
31.8
11 - 51
88th
32GB
52nd
66.4
71st
1.7
58th
105
6th
16
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 1.9k
53
99th
16.8
44th
16.6
7 - 32
56th
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
53rd
107
5th
$6
92nd
17
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 38
52
97th
33.5
9 - 61
89th
16GB
41st
161
96th
1.4
51st
95
10th
18
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 33
52
97th
26.8
11 - 46
79th
16GB
41st
106
85th
0.3
26th
111
4th
19
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 628
52
97th
46
11 - 83
96th
64GB
59th
109
87th
1.15
46th
113
3rd
20
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 107
52
97th
16.7
9 - 36
56th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
113
3rd
21
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 528
52
97th
27
9 - 48
80th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
99
8th
22
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
52
97th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
84+
78th
23
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 266
52
97th
22.9
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
111
4th
24
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 28
52
97th
23.9
10 - 40
72nd
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
104
7th
25
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 333
52
97th
32.2
10 - 60
88th
64GB
59th
105
85th
0.15
21st
105
6th
26
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
5.56
4 - 8
13th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
112
3rd
27
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 330
52
97th
17.8
9 - 38
61st
16GB
41st
22
39th
0.18
21st
120
1st
28
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
96th
64GB
59th
140
92nd
0.04
14th
99
8th
29
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 338
52
97th
33.9
10 - 50
90th
64GB
59th
92
77th
0.33
27th
96
9th
30
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 15k
52
97th
24.7
56th
22.5
11 - 35
70th
16GB
41st
8.85
8th
0.08
15th
99
9th
$6
94th
31
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $9
Samples 30k
52
97th
38.3
69th
25.7
10 - 38
77th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
93
11th
$9
82nd
32
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 118
51
95th
16.9
11 - 23
58th
16GB
41st
36
47th
0.46
29th
108
5th
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
128
0th
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
80+
95th
35
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 103
51
95th
20.8
8 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
47.1
65th
0.98
43rd
105
6th
36
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 66
51
95th
23
11 - 37
71st
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.1
16th
128
0th
37
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 338
51
95th
20.6
10 - 45
68th
32GB
52nd
53.3
68th
1.61
57th
106
6th
38
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 61
51
95th
24
11 - 43
73rd
64GB
59th
90
77th
0.1
16th
128
0th
39
Compare Intenso Speed Line USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 172
51
95th
12.7
7 - 23
40th
16GB
41st
19
35th
0.76
35th
113
3rd
40
Compare KINGSTON USB DRIVE 0GB
Samples 8
50
95th
0.9
0 - 1
0th
0GB
0th
0.92
0th
0.2
22nd
86+
51st
41
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 110
51
95th
24.9
10 - 37
75th
16GB
41st
69
72nd
0.7
34th
116
2nd
42
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 46
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.75
0th
0.01
5th
87+
28th
43
Compare WD My Passport 500GB
Samples 3k
51
95th
25.3
14 - 38
76th
500GB
77th
88.9
76th
2.4
83rd
87+
37th
44
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 7
51
95th
35
11 - 59
91st
64GB
59th
177
97th
0.4
28th
111
4th
45
Compare Kingston DT 101 G2 16GB
Samples 1.5k
51
95th
5.66
4 - 7
14th
16GB
41st
18.9
35th
0.8
37th
87+
24th
46
Compare WD Elements 500GB
Samples 8.7k
51
95th
25
11 - 42
75th
500GB
77th
102
82nd
2.3
82nd
88+
13th
47
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 43
51
95th
34.8
10 - 58
90th
32GB
52nd
115
88th
0.21
24th
111
4th
48
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 242
51
95th
27.4
10 - 51
80th
64GB
59th
84
75th
0.08
15th
99
8th
49
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB 3.0 64GB $16
Samples 533
51
95th
41.1
73rd
24.8
9 - 49
75th
64GB
59th
100
80th
1.59
56th
123
1st
$16
59th
50
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 552
51
95th
20.7
9 - 32
68th
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.6
31st
99
8th
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