non-affiliate link tech plug: The Sandisk (oops) Extreme USB 3 stick uses a low end SSD controller, and wipes the floor with almost every other stick if you want to run an OS off it.
Welcome. Specificially you want SDCZ80-0xxG-A46, in case they decide to shuffle controllers. Here's a group review that shows how much better it's random write perf is: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-thumb-drive-review,3477-3.html
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