Average Bench: 143% (2nd of 639)

Based on 38 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 174c PID 55aa Model: Mushkin Ventura Ultra

The Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 has a Sandforce controller coupled with MLC NAND. This combination produces mediocre results for an SSD but for a USB flash drive its small file 4K performance is staggering. Comparing the Ventura Ultra and Sandisk Extreme shows that for small file IO the Ventura is around 200% faster than the Extreme. The Extreme has faster peak write speeds but overall the Ultra leads by a whopping 72%. The Ultra is a great choice for hosting Operating Systems or for use as boot media (check mobo. compat.) where its small file performance and low access times will reduce load times by orders of magnitude. Thanks to its exceptionally reasonable pricing, the Ultra topples the Extreme as my top USB pick for both value for money AND overall performance. [May '14 USBFlashPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB averaged 42.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 43.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 34MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB is 174%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 60GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 146MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 59.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 38 samples)
Min Avg Max
28.2 Read 146 266
19.5 Write 59.9 91.6
25.1 Mixed 84 130
109% 96.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
5.2 4K Read 16.3 22.5
4.57 4K Write 34 55.5
2.94 4K Mixed 8.4 10.5
1,502% 19.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
12.5 DQ Read 18.6 24.6
10.5 DQ Write 43.4 65.8
6.54 DQ Mixed 8.75 10.6
1,843% 23.6 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
51GB free, PID 55aa
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 139
Write 52.8
Mixed 75.2
99% 89.1 MB/s
4K Read 17.3
4K Write 44.9
4K Mixed 8.98
1,897% 23.7 MB/s
DQ Read 19.9
DQ Write 51.5
DQ Mixed 9.28
2,142% 26.9 MB/s
51GB free, PID 55aa
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 140
Write 52.8
Mixed 77.4
101% 90.1 MB/s
4K Read 17.5
4K Write 43.9
4K Mixed 9.01
1,865% 23.5 MB/s
DQ Read 20.2
DQ Write 51.2
DQ Mixed 9.01
2,124% 26.8 MB/s
51GB free, PID 55aa
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 133
Write 52.8
Mixed 75.3
98% 87.2 MB/s
4K Read 16.3
4K Write 42.5
4K Mixed 8.78
1,804% 22.5 MB/s
DQ Read 18.7
DQ Write 52.2
DQ Mixed 9.12
2,156% 26.7 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $62 @ launch in Nov '13
AmazonUS $765 years
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Aircraft grade aluminum, 8 channel architecture...

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3 years ago.


What can I say, but it beat out my WD Black Label 1Tb FZEX HDD by a LARGE margin, as this is really an SSD in a USB 3.0 flash drive package. If you want the absolute best USB 3.0 flash drive in the world, this is it! SanDisk Extreme? Forget it, it's garbage by comparison to the new Mushkin Ventura Ultra SSD in a USB 3.0 config. Let's put it best this way, it's faster than USB 3.0 can handle, as it is maxed out on other benchmarks.—Sep '14


Based on the comments, & specs. I am looking forward to getting my hands on one...two... :) Excellent review!—Nov '14


I am responsible for the lowest benchmark for this drive (as of yet). The benchmark was preformed immediately after transferring an 8GB file to the drive. The drive gets very hot very fast, even while idle, not transferring data. It gets so hot that it should probably have a warning label. After the drive gets hot, which only takes about 5 or 10 minutes, the transfer speed drops significantly, to about 30 MB/s read and 20MB/a write. Disappointed!—Sep '15


11 months ago.


Just bought 2 based on this review—Feb '15


2 years ago.

its really fast. just like a sata hard drive


Maxes out both my SSD (OCZ) and HDD (Some Seagate one)—Feb '15


8 years ago.

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