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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(52.1)
Avg. bench(18.7)
Capacity(403)
Peak write(53)
Peak 4k-W(2.1)
Age months(123)
Price(22.8)
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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 6.2k
60
100th
74
22 - 111
99th
64GB
59th
188
98th
8.9
97th
142
5th
2
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 4.2k
58
100th
64.5
25 - 93
99th
32GB
52nd
117
89th
10.1
97th
142
5th
3
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 13k
55
100th
25
10 - 38
74th
32GB
52nd
67.6
71st
3.6
94th
116
95th
4
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 539
54
99th
56.4
12 - 95
97th
64GB
59th
256
100th
1
44th
110
97th
5
Compare SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 2.9k
54
99th
62.1
29 - 81
98th
16GB
41st
62
70th
10.1
97th
142
5th
6
Compare Adata DashDrive UV128 USB 3.0 32GB $24
Samples 2.3k
54
99th
12.1
39th
21.9
8 - 37
69th
32GB
52nd
53.8
68th
2.77
91st
133
9th
$24
45th
7
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 505
53
99th
25.7
11 - 40
77th
16GB
41st
47.4
65th
0.6
31st
142
6th
8
Compare Adata S102 Pro USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
53
99th
16.7
8 - 27
55th
16GB
41st
23
39th
0.24
25th
150
2nd
9
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 80
53
99th
54.5
13 - 90
97th
32GB
52nd
215
99th
1.5
54th
131
10th
10
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 701
53
99th
31.6
11 - 51
87th
32GB
52nd
70.4
72nd
1.7
58th
141
6th
11
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 65
53
99th
49.7
12 - 82
96th
64GB
59th
231
99th
1.1
45th
131
10th
12
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 225
53
99th
33.6
11 - 70
90th
32GB
52nd
133
91st
1
44th
110
97th
13
Compare Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 240GB
Samples 27
53
99th
151
31 - 258
100th
240GB
64th
155
95th
66.3
100th
120+
78th
14
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 16GB $8
Samples 10k
53
99th
17.7
48th
21.6
10 - 31
68th
16GB
41st
43.3
64th
2.7
90th
116
95th
$8
89th
15
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 1.2k
53
99th
24.8
10 - 42
74th
32GB
52nd
67.7
71st
0.9
41st
120
74th
16
Compare SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 64GB $45
Samples 12k
53
99th
15.5
45th
26.4
12 - 39
78th
64GB
59th
90.6
77th
3.2
92nd
116
95th
$45
22nd
17
Compare Verbatim Store n Go V3 USB 3.0 16GB $7
Samples 2.5k
53
99th
16.8
46th
17.8
7 - 35
61st
16GB
41st
45
64th
1.43
52nd
143
5th
$7
95th
18
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 590
52
97th
27
10 - 49
79th
32GB
52nd
74
73rd
0.2
22nd
135
8th
19
Compare Sony Micro Vault Mach USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 306
52
97th
23
8 - 42
71st
16GB
41st
24
40th
0.21
24th
147
4th
20
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 378
52
97th
18.1
9 - 38
62nd
16GB
41st
22
38th
0.18
21st
156
1st
21
Compare Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 633
52
97th
48.2
12 - 83
96th
64GB
59th
109
87th
1.15
46th
149
3rd
22
Compare Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 130
52
97th
16.6
9 - 36
55th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.1
16th
149
3rd
23
Compare Lacie XtremKey USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 4
52
97th
45.1
41 - 52
96th
64GB
59th
140
92nd
0.04
14th
135
8th
24
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 392
52
97th
32.1
9 - 60
88th
64GB
59th
105
85th
0.15
21st
141
6th
25
Compare Lexar JumpDrive P10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 39
52
97th
34.2
9 - 61
90th
16GB
41st
161
96th
1.4
51st
131
10th
26
Compare Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 375
52
97th
33.2
10 - 50
89th
64GB
59th
92
78th
0.33
26th
132
9th
27
Compare Lexar JumpDrive Triton USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 34
52
97th
26.5
11 - 46
79th
16GB
41st
106
86th
0.3
26th
147
4th
28
Compare Lacie RuggedKey USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 35
52
97th
26.4
11 - 40
79th
16GB
41st
45
64th
0.31
26th
140
7th
29
Compare SB X-Fi Go! 1GB
Samples 56
52
97th
0.37
0 - 0
0th
1GB
3rd
0.72
0th
0.01
5th
123+
28th
30
Compare Kingston DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 16GB
Samples 1.6k
52
97th
5.58
4 - 7
13th
16GB
41st
5.56
2nd
0.4
28th
148
3rd
31
Compare SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB $182
Samples 1.4k
52
97th
23.5
58th
81.4
23 - 123
99th
128GB
62nd
215
99th
11.7
98th
120+
79th
$182
2nd
32
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB $6
Samples 19k
52
97th
24
58th
22.9
10 - 35
71st
16GB
41st
8.85
7th
0.08
15th
135
9th
$6
97th
33
Compare SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB $8
Samples 33k
52
97th
45.4
76th
26
11 - 38
77th
32GB
52nd
8.45
7th
0.08
15th
129
10th
$8
93rd
34
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 500
51
95th
16.7
8 - 27
56th
16GB
41st
29.9
43rd
1.1
45th
135
8th
35
Compare Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 91
51
95th
15
9 - 20
47th
16GB
41st
25
41st
0.02
9th
153
1st
36
Compare Kingston DT 101 G2 16GB
Samples 1.9k
51
95th
5.77
4 - 8
15th
16GB
41st
18.7
34th
0.8
35th
124+
24th
37
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 609
51
95th
20.8
10 - 32
67th
32GB
52nd
48
66th
0.6
31st
135
8th
38
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 319
51
95th
21.8
9 - 34
69th
64GB
59th
47
65th
0.66
32nd
135
8th
39
Compare Adata Nobility N005 Pro USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 67
51
95th
23.6
10 - 43
72nd
64GB
59th
90
77th
0.1
16th
164
0th
40
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 459
51
95th
10.9
8 - 13
36th
16GB
41st
21
38th
0.21
24th
147
4th
41
Compare Seagate Expansion Desk 2TB
Samples 7.2k
51
95th
48
13 - 74
96th
2TB
98th
164
96th
7.5
96th
123+
30th
42
Compare Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 119
51
95th
20.4
9 - 31
67th
16GB
41st
47
65th
0.96
43rd
141
6th
43
Compare WD Elements 500GB
Samples 10k
51
95th
24
10 - 41
72nd
500GB
76th
97.7
79th
2.3
82nd
124+
13th
44
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 125
51
95th
25.3
10 - 37
75th
16GB
41st
69
72nd
0.7
33rd
152
2nd
45
Compare Lexar JumpDrive S73 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 655
51
95th
13.3
9 - 16
42nd
32GB
52nd
36.9
49th
0.05
14th
147
4th
46
Compare Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 USB 3.0 32GB
Samples 362
51
95th
20.6
10 - 44
67th
32GB
52nd
53.7
68th
1.6
56th
142
6th
47
Compare Silicon Power Blaze B10 USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 185
51
95th
10.8
6 - 15
36th
16GB
41st
20
36th
0.2
22nd
152
2nd
48
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 USB 3.0 64GB
Samples 264
51
95th
28.7
10 - 52
82nd
64GB
59th
84
75th
0.08
15th
135
8th
49
Compare Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 144
51
95th
16.8
10 - 23
56th
16GB
41st
36
47th
0.46
28th
144
5th
50
Compare Intenso Speed Line USB 3.0 16GB
Samples 196
51
95th
12.8
7 - 23
40th
16GB
41st
19
34th
0.76
34th
149
3rd
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Intel Core i5-12600K $184Nvidia RTX 4070 $409Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $40SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $43SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $51G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $351SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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