SanDisk's Extreme Pro is the choice of many professionals. The top CompactFlash card offering is the Extreme Pro 160MB/s. It uses UDMA-7 protocol and operates up to 160MB/s read speed and 150MB/s write speed according to SanDisk. It is available in a wide range of sizes: 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB to suit the various capacities necessary for photography and video recording. The 64GB card is tested in this review.
The Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB CF card includes a VPG-65 rating. This Video Performance Guarantee means the card can sustain a minimum of 65MB/s continuous recording. This allows 4K and Full HD video without dropped frames or premature stops.
Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards are designed to operate in extreme conditions. The card will work in a wide temperature range from -13°F to 185°F. Internally, a RTV silicone coating protects it from shock and vibration. SanDisk backs the card with a lifetime warranty.
To test its speed capabilities, the Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB CF card was subjected to benchmark tests in several USB 3.0 card readers. Its highest read speed bechmark of 158.3 MB/s was reached in the Kingston FCR-HS4 Multi-card Reader. A 147.8 MB/s sequential write speed was measured in the same reader. These speeds are very close to the speed ratings quoted by SanDisk for the card. The write speed is also comparable to the 32GB version previously reviewed.
Card: SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB 64 GB
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600
|SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB 64 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||158.323||147.833||146.022||42.792||11.030||2692.9||1.390||339.3|
|Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1||157.942||145.333||107.796||43.596||9.317||2274.8||1.391||339.6|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||157.633||151.990||145.203||47.409||11.088||2706.9||1.412||344.7|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||157.302||151.113||144.932||46.489||10.984||2681.7||1.408||343.8|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||156.714||128.802||69.603||48.381||5.410||1320.8||1.247||304.4|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black||153.345||133.730||143.973||42.729||9.785||2388.9||1.467||358.2|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||152.720||131.698||144.236||42.084||9.801||2392.8||1.481||361.6|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader||152.498||132.899||143.258||42.508||9.824||2398.4||1.459||356.1|
|Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3||137.069||111.337||57.366||43.180||10.935||2669.8||1.389||339.2|
The Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB card will be included in upcoming camera tests. Results will be added to the table below.
|SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB|
Tested in Camera
|Canon 1D X||94.4|
The following table contains information about the tested card. Card information including a unique serial number, name (often a model number) and firmware version is encoded in the card. Cards are often engraved or printed with an identifier on the outside, but it is often a batch or lot number and not an individual serial number.
|Internal Card Information: SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GB CF|
|Highest DMA supported||UDMA7|
|Total capacity||64,030,244,864 bytes|
|External Card Identifiers|
|Printed on end of card||BN150328022B MADE IN CHINA|
Compare prices on the SanDisk Extreme Pro CF card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|SanDisk Extreme Pro CF||16||$2.00||$31.95||$31.95||$31.95|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro CF||32||$1.56||$49.95||$49.95||$49.95|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro CF||64||$1.24||$79.10||$79.10||$79.10|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro CF||128||$1.09||$138.95||$138.95||$138.95|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro CF||256||$1.16||$296.95||$296.95||$296.95|