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PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drives: 256GB vs. 512GB vs. 1TB

The PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive provides different speeds depending on the capacity. You can check out what the differences between the 256GB, 512GB and 1TB thumb drives are in this comparison guide.

Quick Summary

When compared to the 256 GB version, the 512 GB and 1 TB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drives have substantially faster maximum writing speeds and maximum transfer speeds.

The maximum reading speed is the same across the three capacity options.

The three thumb drives are also identical at when it comes to operating temperature, storage temperature and warranty length.

If you are interested, you can purchase any of the three capacities on Amazon with the following links:

PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drives Comparison Chart

You can take a look at the comparison table between the three capacities below.

 256GB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive512GB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive1TB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Model NumberP-FD256PRO-GEP-FD512PRO-GEP-FD1TBPRO-GE
ConnectorUSB-AUSB-AUSB-A
InterfaceUSB 3.0USB 3.0USB 3.0
Read SpeedUp to 400 MB per secondUp to 400 MB per secondUp to 400 MB per second
Write SpeedUp to 180 MB per secondUp to 250 MB per secondUp to 250 MB per second
Transfer SpeedUp to 60x faster than USB 2.0 flash drivesUp to 80x faster than USB 2.0 flash drivesUp to 80x faster than USB 2.0 flash drives
Backwards CompatibilityUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
Operating Temperature0° C to 60° C0° C to 60° C0° C to 60° C
Storage Temperature-25° C to 85° C-25° C to 85° C-25° C to 85° C
Warranty2-year warranty2-year warranty2-year warranty
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Model Number

You can find the model number for each capacity option of the PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive below:

  • 256 GB: P-FD256PRO-GE
  • 512 GB: P-FD512PRO-GE
  • 1 TB: P-FD1TBPRO-GE

Connector

All three versions of the PRO Elite use the USB-A connector.

Interface

The 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB versions of the PRO Elite utilize USB 3.0 as the interface.

Read Speed

The three capacities of the thumb drives all provide a reading speed of up to 400 MB per second.

Write Speed

When it comes to the maximum writing speed, the 512 GB and 1 TB flash drives are 70 MB per second faster (or 38.89% faster) than the 256 GB flash drive.

You can find the write speed specifications below:

  • 256GB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 180 MB per second
  • 512GB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 250 MB per second
  • 1TB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 250 MB per second

Transfer Speed

Although PNY did not provide an exact number when it comes to transfer speeds, the company did provide estimates in terms of how much faster each of the capacity options are when compared to standard USB 2.0 flash drives. From this, we can infer that the 512 GB and 1 TB versions are 33.33% faster than the 256 GB version when it comes to the maximum transfer speed.

You can also take a look at the transfer speed specs below:

  • 256GB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 60x faster than USB 2.0 flash drives
  • 512GB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 80x faster than USB 2.0 flash drives
  • 1TB PNY PRO Elite: Up to 80x faster than USB 2.0 flash drives

Backwards Compatibility

The 256GB, 512GB and 1TB PNY PRO Elites are also compatible with USB 2.0 ports, although you will get much slower speeds due to the bandwidth limitations.

Operating Temperature

The three thumb drives have an operation temperature range of 0° C to 60° C.

Storage Temperature

The three capacity options also have the same storage (non-operating) temperature range of -25° C to 85° C.

Warranty

The 256GB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive, 512GB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive and 1TB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive each comes with a 2-year warranty.

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