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(57.4)
Avg. bench(18.7)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53.1)
Peak 4k-W(2.08)
Age months(89)
Price(18.8)
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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 5.2k
59
100th
73.2
22 - 112
99th
64GB
59th
188
98th
8.9
97th
108
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 3.9k
57
100th
61.6
25 - 92
98th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
108
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB $99
Samples 10k
55
100th
3.18
8th
24
10 - 37
73rd
32GB
52nd
62.9
70th
3.6
94th
82
95th
$99
6th
4
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.6k
55
100th
62.1
31 - 81
98th
16GB
40th
62
70th
10.1
97th
108
5th
5
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $15
Samples 2.1k
54
99th
16.5
44th
19.4
7 - 36
66th
32GB
52nd
48.5
66th
2.6
90th
99
9th
$15
62nd
6
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 482
54
99th
53.7
11 - 93
97th
64GB
59th
254
100th
1
44th
76
97th
7
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 65
53
99th
49.7
12 - 82
96th
64GB
59th
231
99th
1.1
46th
97
10th
8
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 71
53
99th
58.3
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
98th
1.5
55th
97
10th
9
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 484
53
99th
25.6
11 - 40
77th
16GB
40th
47.4
65th
0.6
32nd
108
6th
10
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $45
Samples 11k
53
99th
15.1
43rd
25.8
11 - 39
77th
64GB
59th
87.7
76th
3.2
92nd
82
95th
$45
20th
11
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 8.7k
53
99th
17.5
45th
21.3
10 - 31
68th
16GB
40th
42.9
63rd
2.7
90th
82
95th
$8
87th
12
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 209
53
99th
33.8
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
133
91st
1
44th
76
97th
13
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 650
53
99th
31.7
11 - 51
88th
32GB
52nd
66.6
71st
1.7
59th
107
6th
14
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.5k
53
99th
16.9
8 - 28
58th
16GB
40th
23
39th
0.24
25th
116
2nd
15
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1.1k
53
99th
24.6
10 - 42
74th
32GB
52nd
65.4
71st
0.9
42nd
86
74th
16
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 33
52
97th
26.8
11 - 46
79th
16GB
40th
106
86th
0.3
26th
113
4th
17
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 38
52
97th
33.5
9 - 61
89th
16GB
40th
161
96th
1.4
51st
97
10th
18
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 621
52
97th
46.4
11 - 83
96th
64GB
59th
109
87th
1.15
46th
115
3rd
19
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 536
52
97th
27
10 - 48
80th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
101
8th
20
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 109
52
97th
16.6
9 - 36
55th
16GB
40th
21
38th
0.1
16th
115
3rd
21
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
52
97th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
86+
78th
22
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 274
52
97th
23
8 - 42
71st
16GB
40th
24
40th
0.21
24th
113
4th
23
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
74.8
16 - 122
99th
128GB
63rd
215
98th
11.7
98th
86+
79th
24
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 28
52
97th
23.9
10 - 40
72nd
16GB
40th
45
64th
0.31
26th
106
7th
25
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 337
52
97th
32.1
10 - 61
88th
64GB
59th
105
85th
0.15
21st
107
6th
26
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 347
52
97th
33.8
10 - 50
90th
64GB
59th
92
77th
0.33
27th
98
9th
27
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 338
52
97th
17.9
9 - 38
61st
16GB
40th
22
39th
0.18
21st
122
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
101
8th
29
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
5.53
4 - 8
13th
16GB
40th
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
114
3rd
30
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $9
Samples 31k
52
97th
38.5
68th
25.5
11 - 39
76th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
95
10th
$9
84th
31
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $9
Samples 2k
52
97th
12.6
38th
17.3
7 - 35
59th
16GB
40th
45
64th
1.43
53rd
109
5th
$9
83rd
32
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $7
Samples 17k
52
97th
21.6
51st
22.3
10 - 35
70th
16GB
40th
8.85
8th
0.08
15th
101
9th
$7
90th
33
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 128GB $38
Samples 1k
52
97th
82.6
94th
59.8
20 - 122
98th
128GB
63rd
199
98th
12
98th
52+
99th
$38
27th
34
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 43
51
95th
34.8
10 - 58
91st
32GB
52nd
115
88th
0.21
24th
113
4th
35
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 61
51
95th
24
11 - 43
73rd
64GB
59th
90
77th
0.1
16th
130
0th
36
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 53
51
95th
15.1
10 - 28
48th
16GB
40th
24
40th
0.23
25th
130
0th
37
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 66
51
95th
23
11 - 37
71st
32GB
52nd
48
65th
0.1
16th
130
0th
38
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 7
51
95th
35
11 - 59
91st
64GB
59th
177
97th
0.4
28th
113
4th
39
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB
Samples 70
51
95th
113
31 - 190
99th
256GB
66th
170
97th
41.1
99th
82+
95th
40
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 247
51
95th
27.8
10 - 51
81st
64GB
59th
84
75th
0.08
15th
101
8th
41
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 46
51
95th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.75
0th
0.01
5th
89+
28th
42
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 112
51
95th
24.8
10 - 37
75th
16GB
40th
69
72nd
0.7
33rd
118
2nd
43
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 104
51
95th
20.9
8 - 31
68th
16GB
40th
47.1
65th
0.97
44th
107
6th
44
Compare Intenso Speed Line USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 174
51
95th
12.7
7 - 23
41st
16GB
40th
19
35th
0.76
35th
115
3rd
45
Compare WD My Passport 500GB
Samples 3k
51
95th
25.3
14 - 38
76th
500GB
76th
89.7
77th
2.4
84th
89+
37th
46
Compare WD Elements 500GB
Samples 8.9k
51
95th
24.1
10 - 43
73rd
500GB
76th
103
83rd
2.36
83rd
90+
13th
47
Compare Kingston DT 101 G2 16GB
Samples 1.5k
51
95th
5.66
4 - 8
14th
16GB
40th
18.8
35th
0.8
36th
90+
24th
48
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 344
51
95th
20.7
10 - 45
68th
32GB
52nd
53.1
68th
1.6
56th
108
6th
49
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 124
51
95th
16.8
11 - 23
57th
16GB
40th
36
47th
0.46
29th
110
5th
50
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 559
51
95th
20.6
9 - 32
67th
32GB
52nd
48
65th
0.6
32nd
101
8th
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