Average Bench: 61.6% (12th of 639)

Based on 3,900 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 0781 PID 5580 Model: SanDisk Extreme

The 16GB Sandisk Extreme has led my USB 3.0 Flash drive group test since it was released back in Jun '12. Often with flash based devices, write speed scales linearly with capacity and the Extreme is no exception. The sequential write speeds for the different capacities are: 16GB = 62 MB/s, 32GB = 117 MB/s and 64GB = 188 MB/s. In the 64GB category there are several alternatives to the Extreme including the new Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo, Kingston HyperX and Patriot Supersonic Magnum. In the 16 GB category there are also a few viable alternatives but in the 32GB category I have yet to come across a drive that even comes close to the Sandisk Extreme from either a value for money OR performance perspective.  [Mar '13 USBFlashPro]

Poor: 25%Average: 61.6% Great: 92%

Above average average bench

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB averaged 38.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 10.9MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 8.81MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB is 67.2%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 39.8MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 49.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,900 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.5 Read 141 252
9.9 Write 49.4 102
10.7 Mixed 39.8 91.5
14.5 SusWrite 59 104
82.8% 72.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
4.5 4K Read 9.36 12.8
3.7 4K Write 8.52 11
3.7 4K Mixed 6.78 8.5
555% 8.22 MB/s
Min Avg Max
8.6 DQ Read 11.4 13.3
7.47 DQ Write 10.9 12.7
6.79 DQ Mixed 8.81 10.5
711% 10.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
15GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 76 84 88 92 89 MB/s
Read 199
Write 42.4
Mixed 40.3
SusWrite 84.8
100% 91.7 MB/s
4K Read 11.8
4K Write 10.7
4K Mixed 8.2
687% 10.2 MB/s
DQ Read 13
DQ Write 12.1
DQ Mixed 10.6
820% 11.9 MB/s
14GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 92 69 88 91 90 91 MB/s
Read 197
Write 42.2
Mixed 48.9
SusWrite 86.9
104% 93.8 MB/s
4K Read 13.6
4K Write 10.4
4K Mixed 9
710% 11 MB/s
DQ Read 14.6
DQ Write 11.7
DQ Mixed 10.9
823% 12.4 MB/s
5GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 79 79 77 85 72 MB/s
Read 184
Write 45.1
Mixed 110
SusWrite 77.8
124% 104 MB/s
4K Read 6
4K Write 9.6
4K Mixed 6.1
556% 7.23 MB/s
DQ Read 10.1
DQ Write 11.1
DQ Mixed 7.8
680% 9.67 MB/s
15GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 87 86 91 90 90 MB/s
Read 145
Write 21.8
Mixed 45.5
SusWrite 89.8
87% 75.5 MB/s
4K Read 11.3
4K Write 4.3
4K Mixed 8.2
467% 7.93 MB/s
29GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 25 23 28 25 28 29 MB/s
Read 26.7
Write 24.6
Mixed 26.3
SusWrite 26.3
36% 26 MB/s
4K Read 4.2
4K Write 4.4
4K Mixed 2.5
250% 3.7 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $39 @ launch in Jun '12
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 Comments

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  • Available capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
  • Performance/speed: Up to 190 MB/s** ; write speed lower and varies by capacity.
  • Dimensions: 2.79" x .84" x .45" (70.87 mm x 21.34 mm x 11.43 mm)
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2 years ago.

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I bought one of these used, and it works awesomely wel. Haven't had a problem yet and it handles all my iso's like a breeze!—May '15


Excellent

14 months ago.

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Great Drive, Even USB 2.0 speeds max out around the same has your attached HDD would. (30MB/s). This thing is fast!—Sep '14

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For less than £20, this is an excellent buy.—May '15


Good

19 months ago.

Not as quick as promoted. also becomes too hot


Liked

4 years ago.

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usb 2.0 performance: read: 30 mb/s write 30 mb/s—May '15


Disliked

4 years ago.

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It's the fastest Flash Drive I ever brought. Cheap, good construction quality and turbo usage. —Sep '14


Disliked

2 years ago.

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This pendrive is a BEAST !!!—Nov '14


Poor

4 years ago.

The best USB 3.0 / 2.0 stick, very fast and good price ! Intr-adevar, acesta-i cel mai bun stick de 32 Gb. pe USB 3.0 / 2.0, precum si cea mai buna alternativa la un HDD extern (de min. 500 Gb., tot pe USB 3.0), dar daca vrem mult mai spatiu de stocare peste cei 32 de Gb. ai acestui SanDisk, atunci e mult mai rentabil un HDD extern pe USB 3.0 de min. 500 Gb. !!!


Good

3 years ago.

the read and write speed is just amazing. Great value for money


Liked

4 years ago.

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Výběr nového flash disku - 16/32 GB (vč. připojení k TV)


Good

2 years ago.

still this not available in srilanka


Outstanding

8 years ago.


Outstanding

5 years ago.

250/100 read/write for $20 can't be beat.


Liked

8 years ago.

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Outstanding

4 years ago.

Best , fast


Excellent

3 years ago.

Fastest Drive I have ever used.


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