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PNY Elite Performance UHS-I U3 256GB SDXC Card Review

PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB SDXC Card

Introduction

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.

PNY Elite Performance U3 256GB SDXC Card back

Performance

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
Sequential
Read
1000MB
(MB/s)
Sequential
Write
1000MB
(MB/s)
Random
Read
512KB
(MB/s)
Random
Write
512KB
(MB/s)
Random
Read
4KB
(MB/s)
Random
Read
4KB
(IOPS)
Random
Write
4KB
(MB/s)
Random
Write
4KB
(IOPS)
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.70555.29086.16122.5614.7841168.10.579141.3
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.70554.83686.04823.2614.7481159.20.643156.9
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF995.48154.64585.80825.7054.7031148.10.639156.1
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.25655.38986.93223.0674.8891193.60.663161.9
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.99756.32186.41622.3504.7841167.90.634154.7
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader94.84255.65186.14722.8984.6841143.60.579141.3
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II94.76556.30586.48822.3654.8311179.40.663161.8
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.70555.18586.13222.0004.7841167.90.567138.4
Delkin Travel Reader94.53456.28484.28523.3764.8751190.10.606148.1
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.38155.69886.57328.4714.4941097.10.576140.5
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.07655.31385.60525.3203.931959.70.607148.3
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.25554.73982.85020.8984.5841119.10.536130.9
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.091.75544.60346.55710.3652.508612.20.529129.1

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
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Nikon D50049.3
Canon 80D47.3
Sony A630031.3

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 80D, Nikon D500, Sony A6300

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
Product Revision1.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000028
OEM ID (OID)BE
Manufacture Date (MDT)12/2015
Total capacity259,710,255,104 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.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U1 SD32$0.41$16.99$16.99$12.99
PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD64$0.36$22.95$22.95$34.99
PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD128$0.35$49.99$49.99$44.99
PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD256$0.31$89.13$89.13$79.99
PNY Elite Performance 95MB/s U3 SD512$0.39$199.99$199.99