Average Bench: 25.7% (146th of 639)

Based on 23,013 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 0781 PID 5581 Models: SanDisk SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Ultra

Having just done a review of the 16GB Sandisk Ultra which wasn't a great performer but still managed to represent reasonable value for money, I was expecting much the same from the 32GB Ultra. Generally speaking moving from the 16 to 32 GB capacity results in a doubling of the write speed. This was not the case for 32GB Ultra which had a performance profile that was almost identical to its 16GB sibling. As a consequence the 32GB Ultra is amongst the bottom 5% of 32GB Flash Drives in terms of performance and only slightly better in terms of value for money. There is no doubt that it's worth spending a little more on the superb 32GB Sandisk Extreme[Feb '14 USBFlashPro]

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Poor: 11%Average: 25.7% Great: 37%

Very poor average bench

The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB averaged 74.2% 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 Random Mixed IO Speed 2.07MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.74MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB is 25.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 23.1MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 32.9MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,013 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.9 Read 96.9 154
11.2 Write 32.9 57.9
14.2 Mixed 42.1 76.7
7.56 SusWrite 23.1 46.5
55.5% 48.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
3 4K Read 5.39 7.3
0.5 4K Write 1.74 2.7
0.8 4K Mixed 2.07 3.5
150% 3.07 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
25GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 40 40 32 13 12 12 MB/s
Read 97.5
Write 32.2
Mixed 53
SusWrite 24.9
60% 51.9 MB/s
4K Read 6.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.9
168% 3.7 MB/s
24GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 37 34 33 38 30 32 MB/s
Read 43.3
Write 11.8
Mixed 17.7
SusWrite 34
33% 26.7 MB/s
4K Read 3.3
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 1.4
94% 1.9 MB/s
25GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 18 18 18 18 18 18 MB/s
Read 32.6
Write 17.2
Mixed 21.4
SusWrite 17.9
28% 22.3 MB/s
4K Read 4.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 2.6
174% 3.1 MB/s
13GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 12 9.3 6 12 12 12 MB/s
Read 60.2
Write 12.8
Mixed 17.2
SusWrite 10.5
26% 25.2 MB/s
4K Read 2.6
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 1.8
105% 1.8 MB/s
25GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 15 15 15 15 16 16 MB/s
Read 26.1
Write 14.9
Mixed 18
SusWrite 15.4
24% 18.6 MB/s
4K Read 3.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 2.3
149% 2.53 MB/s
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 Comments

Stylish, Portable Design...

Added 6 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

17 months ago.

i plug in usb 3.0 port and it gets 30 mb/s speed sucks!!


Disliked

2 years ago.

Comment 

The read and write speed is abolutly not was got promised by sundisk. Max. write speed on USB 3.0 port is 30Mb/sec.—Oct '14


Good

3 years ago.

My results were Read140MB/s, write:72MB/S on usb 3.0, which is great! Don't know how others got such low results, maybe on usb 2.0. Great product!


Very poor

6 years ago.


Terrible

2 months ago.

Died after a week. Went to read only mode. I have to take it back which is huge hassle for me.


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