In this article we’ll make a top 10 of usb 3.0 flash drives (or pendrives), a pendrive’s ranking to figure out which is the fastest USB key of 2015, which is the cheapest and which have the best quality / price ratio, and to do that we will analyze their performance in reading and writing, related to their price.
All flash drives analyzed in this article are USB 3.0, but of course they are compatible and can also be used with USB 2.0 ports.
If you just buy any USB 3.0 device, you cannot be sure you have purchased a product with good performance, some USB 3.0 pendrives are actually very slow, even slower than some 2.0 flash drives. To make the right choice between the many offers you can find on the net, we have written this article hoping to help you in choosing a quality product with good performance and a reasonable price.
What is the USB3.0 standard and what are the differences with USB2.0 The USB 3.0 standard provides a data transfer rate ten times faster than USB 2.0 reaching speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s corresponding to 640MByte/s (a byte consists of 8 bits ). The USB 2.0 standard provides speeds of up to 60MB/s. Currently almost all PCs and next-generation notebook are provided with at least one USB3.0 port, but be sure of their presence at the time of purchase, because as we have seen there is a big difference in performance between the two standards. We recommend you to buy USB3.0 pendrives in any case, in fact even if you do not have any USB3 port on your computer or laptop, you can use them anyway with USB2.0 and if one day you will change your computer you will be ready with more efficiente and performing storage devices.
A USB3.0 flash drive with a medium or low performance should reach at least 50MB/s read and 20MB/s write performance. Under this performance the pendrive can not even be considered a USB 3.0, and unfortunately the market is full of them, so with this article we want to help you choose a good flash drive, avoiding you to make a wrong purchase. A normal 5400rpm hard drive, which is usually installed on a standard PC or notebook, reaches 80-100MB/s read. Some pendrives are so fast that they exceed the speed of a normal sata 2 or 3 hard drive (80-100MB / s), so the performance of these pendrives may be affected by your hard drives. Thus it is useless to spend a lot of money on a really fast flash drive when your hard drive fails to keep up with his performances.
If your computer instead mounts a 7200RPM Sata 3 Hard Drive or better aSSD Hard Diskthen you can choose any of the USB3 flash drives on this article, even the faster. You can also check thebest selling flash drives on Amazon, although not necessarily the best selling pendrives are the most efficient, since sales are influenced by the price, in fact, the best selling usb key is the cheapest, as we shall see, however, this one has a quite good performance.
Let’s begin analyzing some pendrive starting from the top performing , to go down to cheap and affordable USB flash drives for all budgets, but always with an eye on performance. All values expressed herein refer to the pendrive connected via USB3.0 port, obviously on a USB2 performance is lower and generally do not exceed the 25-30MB / s read.
Extreme flash drive absolutely and definitely recommended . This is one of those USB pendrive so performing that needs a 7200rpm hard drive or better a SSD to be used to its full speed, achieving actual performances like 245 MB / s read and 170MB / s write (for the 64GB version, the 32GB is slightly slower reaching 120MB/s write). These are super performances that few USB key reache (see Lexar P20). It’s great for transferring large files, to store files, photos, movies, and video FullHD, UltraHD and so on, or used to view films or TV series streaming via a media player, a DVD player with USB, or directly to the TV if your TV supports this feature.
You can also encrypt your files on the USB flash drive with SanDisk SecureAccess, a software that comes with the pendrive and allows you to create a password protected folder encrypted with 128-bit AES encryption.
Considering its performance the price is great , super performance at a price that is equal to or better than the competititors. Ideal, for example, to install and boot your preferred Linux distribution, for which it is more powerful than many internal mechanical HD. This is probably the USB 3.0 flash drive with the best writing performances. Actual performances are better than those reported, reaching 257MB / s read and 195MB / s write with the 64GB version (see the benchmark picture ). Lifetime limited warranty.
This is definitely a flash drive that we recommend for any use.
– Model: Lexar JumpDrive P20 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
– Price: 32Gb: 32$/36€/19£ – 64Gb: 37$/64€/50£
– 32GB model speed: 400MB/s read, 150MB/s write
– 64GB and 128GB model speed: 400MB/s, 270MB/s
– Lifetime limited warranty
– Password Protection with free EncryptStick™ Lite software
Extreme flash drive absolutely and definitely recommended .Store and transfer content faster with premium performance. We measured 403 MB/s write speed and 240.7MB/s write speed. The premium Lexar® JumpDrive® P20 USB 3.0 flash drive provides fast file transfer with speeds up to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write, making it one of the fastest USB flash drives available. Now you can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 40 seconds. And for added versatility, the drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. These are super performances that no other USB key reaches! It’s great for transferring large files, to store files, photos, movies, and video FullHD, UltraHD and so on, or used to view films or TV series streaming via a media player, a DVD player with USB, or directly to the TV if your TV supports this feature.
You can also encrypt your files on the USB flash drive.It Securely protects files using EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption, to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. Easily create a password-protected vault that automatically encrypts data. And for peace of mind, files that are deleted from the vault are securely erased and can’t be recovered.
Considering its performance the price is great , super performance at a price that is equal to or better than the competititors. Ideal, for example, to install and boot your preferred Linux distribution, for which it is more powerful than many internal mechanical HD. This is probably the USB 3.0 flash drive with the best writing performances. Lifetime limited warranty.
32GB (up to 400MB/s read and 150MB/s write)
64GB (up to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write)
128GB (up to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write)
This is definitely a flash drive that we recommend for any use.
USB 3.0 Flash Drive with a beautiful eye-catching design with a high-quality NAND memory which allows speed and reliability. The Patriot pendrive complies with the declared values of 180MB/s read and 50MB/s write , so it is fast in reading files, and just above average in writing to the pendrive. The price of the 32GB and 64GB version is in line with competitors, around 25$, you pay for the good quality of the flash memory and of the materials used in its construction that make it a pendrive shock, dust and splash proof. It is sold with a 5-year warranty , and supports windows from win2000 onwards including 8.1, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later.
Remarkable performance for this USB3.0 flash drive that even exceeds the declared values, reaching 150 MB / s read and 49MB / s write measured with CrystalDiskMark 3.0. Great for storing files, photos, movies, and so on, or used to view films or TV series streamed through a media player, a DVD player with USB, or anything with a Usb port.
The 16GB version has lower performance (25MB / s in both read and write), the 32GB version costs less than 22$ / 21€. Very strong pendrive, thanks to a robust shockproof rubber coated body, can survive for an hour under water up to 1m deep. It offers a five-year warranty, free technical support and reliability that characterizes all Kingston products. We reccomend the 32/64GB versions , better performance for a higher quality/price and Gb/price ratio.
Corsair was born many years ago as a manufacturer of internal memory for computer and its products are among the most reliable and performing. It is not surprising therefore that the Corsair’s flash memory are high performing and secure. The performance measured is 174 MB / s read and 36,84MB / s write, slightly lower than the values reported but it may depend on the formatting or on the hardware used. In its favor, the resistance to impacts due to a thick rubber protection that guarantees operations even after repeated drops. The price is in line with its competitors and stood at € 0.72 per GB, for a very good performance.
Corsair was born many years ago as a manufacturer of internal memory for computer and its products are among the most reliable and performing. It is not surprising therefore that the Corsair’s flash memory are high performing and secure. The performance measured is 110 MB/s read and 30,35MB/s write, slightly lower than the values reported but it may depend on the formatting or on the hardware used. The price is very low and is 0.5$ per GB, for a very good performance. Sturdy capless housing with a rubber grip and lanyard loop.
If you are looking for a USB flash drive practically indestructible and waterproof, this is the flash drive for you. Thanks to its hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing this pendrive is water resistant to 200 meters, resistant to shocks and vibrations. Ideal for hanging on the key ring and be brought always with you in all weather conditions. Thanks to a long experience in the production of memory and components, Corsair have emerged on the market as a synonym for quality, compatibility and performance.
The declared performances are 80MB/s read and40MB/s write, slightly lower reading speed compared to the pendrives described above, good value for writing. The price is a bit higher than the competitors with the same performance, but it is justified by the high resistance of this flash drive in which your data will always be safe.
Kingston Datatravelers G4 performances are 49,89 MB/s read and 19,84MB/s write, measured with CrystalDiskMark 3.0. 5-year warranty, Kingston is synonymous with reliability as it produces since its birth computer memories. Lower price for the 32GB version, less than 14 €, for a fee of € 0.43 per GB, great deal. Not coincidentally it is the best-selling pendrive on Amazon in Italy.
This USB 3.0 flash drive meets the stated performance exceeding them, in fact we have measured a performance of 45.92 MB/s read and 21,45MB/s write with CrystalDiskMark 3.0, and we have seen a steady 20,6MB/s write during transfer of a 1GB file from the computer to the key. Great for storing files, photos, movies, and so on, or used to view films or TV series streamed through a media player, a DVD player with USB, or anything with a Usb port.