The PNY Elite Performance UHS-I U3 256GB SDXC Card offers huge capacity and high transfer speed. PNY claims 95MB/s read speed and makes no claim about maximum write speed. The card is rated UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) which means it can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous write speed for HD and 4K video recording. The Elite Performance 95MB/s card is offered in 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB capacities. The 32GB version is rated U1 while the other cards are rated U3. PNY memory cards carry a lifetime warranty in USA (5-year warranty in Europe). The card reviewed is made in Korea.
The PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s card reached up to 96.7 MB/s sequential read speed in card reader benchmarks. This surpasses its quoted transfer speed. The write speed of the 256GB card reached 56.3 MB/s. This is not quite as fast as the 69.2 MB/s sequential write speed benchmark of the 128GB version.
Card: PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB 256 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
|PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB 256 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader||96.705||55.290||86.161||22.561||4.784||1168.1||0.579||141.3|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II||96.705||54.836||86.048||23.261||4.748||1159.2||0.643||156.9|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||95.481||54.645||85.808||25.705||4.703||1148.1||0.639||156.1|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer||95.256||55.389||86.932||23.067||4.889||1193.6||0.663||161.9|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||94.997||56.321||86.416||22.350||4.784||1167.9||0.634||154.7|
|Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader||94.842||55.651||86.147||22.898||4.684||1143.6||0.579||141.3|
|Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II||94.765||56.305||86.488||22.365||4.831||1179.4||0.663||161.8|
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||94.705||55.185||86.132||22.000||4.784||1167.9||0.567||138.4|
|Delkin Travel Reader||94.534||56.284||84.285||23.376||4.875||1190.1||0.606||148.1|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||94.381||55.698||86.573||28.471||4.494||1097.1||0.576||140.5|
|Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black||94.076||55.313||85.605||25.320||3.931||959.7||0.607||148.3|
|Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader||92.255||54.739||82.850||20.898||4.584||1119.1||0.536||130.9|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||91.755||44.603||46.557||10.365||2.508||612.2||0.529||129.1|
The PNY Elite Performance 256GB SDXC card has been tested in the Nikon D500. It measured 49.3 MB/s write speed during continuous shooting. Additional camera test results will be added to the table below.
|PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB|
Tested in Camera
|Canon 5D Mark IV||48.2|
|Olympus E-M1 II||38.7|
The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.
|PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB SD — Internal Card Information|
|Serial number (PSN)||3136820796|
|Product Name (PNM)||SD256|
|Manufacturer ID (MID)||0x000028|
|OEM ID (OID)||BE|
|Manufacture Date (MDT)||12/2015|
|Total capacity||259,710,255,104 bytes|
The internal card identification register of the PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s 256GB card shows the Manufacturer ID (MID) 0x00028 and OEM ID (OID) "BE," indicating the card was produced by Lexar. PNY does not manufacture controllers or NAND flash memory and relies on other suppliers to produce their SD memory cards.
Compare prices on the PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U1 SD||32||$0.41||$12.99||$16.99||$12.99|
|PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD||64||$0.36||$25.82||$22.95||$34.99|
|PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD||128||$0.35||$49.99||$49.99||$44.99|
|PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD||256||$0.31||$89.99||$89.13||$79.99|
|PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD||512||$0.39||$199.99||$199.99|