Mushkin SWAP 32GB USB 3.1 Type-C Flash Drive


Product: Mushkin SWAP 32GB USB 3.1 Type-C Flash Drive
Provided By: Mushkin
Price: $17.99 MSRP at time of publication



Today we are taking a quick look at the Mushkin SWAP 32GB OTG drive. This drive supports USB 3.1 speeds as well as a Type-C connection for hooking up to your mobile device or new laptop / ultrabook that has a USB Type-C connection. It's small, and while some may say that size matters, Mushkin states that it's "Rigid in all the right places." So, it's. Right.



First Look:

The Swap comes in 32GB and 64GB versions and the read speeds are impressive at 180MB/s and 225MB/s respectively. The downside with the 32GB version is the write speeds are a fair bit slower than it's larger sibling. They clock in at 20MB/s and 65MB/s respectively. On the read side of things, the 45MB/s difference isn't all that big of a deal as the read speed of both is fast, but on the write side of the equation, 45MB/s slower than 65MB/s feels like an old USB 2.0 flash drive.



Product Features:

  • Dual USB connectors - USB Type C and standard USB Type A
  • Ultra high speed transfer rates
  • USB On-The-Go (OTG) compatible
  • Fully compliant with USB 3.1 Gen 1 specification; backwards compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 specification
  • Aluminum housing for added durability and shock resistance
  • Supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP 32/64-bit, Linux, and Mac OS X
  • Built-in BCH ECC
  • Built-in wear-leveling


Masterful combination of style, performance and functionality
The Mushkin SWAP stands apart in the world of boring old micro USB Flash drives, constructed with the utmost attention to detail to be Ultra compact and powerful, every Mushkin SWAP is built to be a true masterpiece.

Do more with less
The ultra-compact USB 3.1 Type-C high-performance flash drive allows you to move content quickly and easily between your smartphone, tablet and computer. Saving you time and space while freeing up memory on your mobile devices.

Tested for battle, built for success
Every Mushkin SWAP undergoes stringent testing and quality checks. So, you can rest easy knowing that your SWAP drive is more than capable of surviving the bumps and bruises of everyday life.

SWAPable USB 3.1 Type-A and USB Type-C connector
SWAP between USB Type-A and USB Type-C connector with ease. The Mushkin SWAP goes beyond the standard and allows you to quickly SWAP between a Type-A or Type-C connector enabling you to switch between devices while on the go.


Extreme Performance
Unparalleled speeds to save time and money while transferring content rich data.

Optical Data Flow
Optimized for dependable and reliable data flow.

Ideal for Photography
Both amateur and professional photographers alike can rely on Muskin SD/microSD products for fast, reliable storage.

Ideal for Video
Exceptional choice for video capture and storage.

2 Year Warranty
Quality guaranteed – we offer a 2-year limited warranty on this product.




USB Specification: 3.1 Gen 1
Capacity: 32GB
Read Speed: Up to 180MB/s
Write Speed: Up to 20MB/s
ReadyBoost: Yes






On the next page, we'll cover testing and wrap things up with our final thoughts.


While some of test results look a little odd, I confirmed with our Mushkin rep that these were accurate results. As the 32GB version is a single-chip solution, write speeds aren’t quite what I was expecting and the 4K writes are quite poor. We’ll comment more on that in a few minutes.
For testing, we ran a few benchmarks and will compare the SWAP to other USB 3.x drives as they become available this year. As such, it is by far the fastest OTG drive we’ve tested to date. As more samples cross our bench, we’ll compare them. Still, the number below don’t lie. Please compare them to your current USB drives on your system for a basic apples-to-oranges comparison.



According to the chart above (which only tested read speeds), we are above the 180MB/s read speed rating on the 32GB drive, so they’ve got that going for them.



In this chart you can see the poor write speed as the file sizes get smaller. On the high end or write speeds, we aren’t breaking any records however as the drive tops out at 22.7MB/s. Although that is slow by today’s standards, it’s faster than the rated speed – and for a single-chip OTG drive, it’s solid.



This is the benchmark that I ran first and prompted a call to my Mushkin rep. The read speeds are sweet for such a small drive, but the 4K writes are very weak. Again, this is quite normal for this format of drive.

SiSoft Sandra


We wrap up the benchmarks with SiSoft Sandra. It gives an overall drive “rating” of 145.14MB/s. I’m not sure exactly how that is factored as the read speed tops out at a snappy 210.27MB/s and the sequential write speed is solid at 16.24MB/s.


Final Thoughts:

In a perfect world there is a small OTG drive with lots of capacity and incredible read and write speeds. We don’t live in a perfect world yet, and in order to make this drive small and affordable, you have to give up some things. The only thing you’re giving up is write performance. Read performance is fantastic and the OTG function works perfect on the LG V30 (review upcoming) and my Samsung Galaxy S8.
There is not one perfect USB Flash drive for every situation, but there are several different drives that can help you achieve everything you need to do in a single day. If you’re looking for one drive that can write at break-neck speeds, this drive is not it. If you’re looking for a drive that can be used everyday to move data to and from your phone and be used to play movies on your mobile device; this is it.

It does everything well and does exactly what Mushkin says it will do - at faster speeds than they claim. For that reason, it must be a win.


If you have any questions, comments of general feedback, please post it here.

I'd like to thank Mushkin for sending over this unit for us to review.