Wednesday, April 9, 2014

128GB USB stick. Yep, PNY 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

128GB USB flash drive? For under $80? Sounds too good to be true. Well, PNY is offering the Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Pen Drive at an reasonable price. Retail is $80 but you can score these for $50 on sale if you are diligent.

This flash drive is rated at 190 MB/sec reads and 130 MB/sec writes for sequentially large file.

The benchmark corroborates with the manufactured claim. No qualms about it. Pictured below is BlackMagic Disk Speed Test with the drive formatted exFAT and FAT32. These benchmarks on are within the advertised specs.

However, the random 4K writes are pretty slow. Based on my test and many of the reviews I've read, this thing writes at  0.110 MB/s [ 26.8 IOPS] when dealing with 4K files.That is pretty slow in my book. So forget about using this as a boot drive or transferring small files.

It is good at handling large media files. So if you want a cheap medium for copying movie rips, this is it. Otherwise go with an SSD or mSATA.


  1. Recently picked up the Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB flash drive. Using Crystal Disk, was only able to get 10.78MB/s on 4k files. Better than other flash drives I have used by nothing close to an SSD.

  2. Would you recommend this USB Flash Drive to back up a MacBook Air with a 128GB SSD drive using Time Machine?

  3. Would you recommend this USB Flash Drive as an additional back-up drive for a MacBook Air with an internal 128GB SSD drive, using Time Machine?