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PNY Elite Performance UHS-I 64GB SDXC Card Review

PNY Elite Performance 64GB SDXC Card

Introduction

The PNY Elite Performance UHS-I 64GB SDXC Card delivers fast transfer speed for demanding DSLR and video applications. PNY claims a 90MB/s read speed. The Elite Performance is offered in a variety of sizes: 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities. PNY memory cards carry a lifetime warranty in USA (5-year warranty in Europe). The card tested here is made in Korea.

Performance

PNY claims a 90MB/s read speed and "write speed lower." In card reader benchmarks, the sequential read speed of the 64GB PNY card was just above 95 MB/s, comfortably faster than advertised. The highest read speed was 95.830 MB/s in the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer. Write speed, while not as fast as the read speed, was a very respectable 67.3 MB/s in the Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader. This is much faster than the write speed of the 32GB version of the same card.

Card: PNY Elite Performance U1 64GB
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 U1 64GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer97.86166.72586.20311.6364.5321106.50.816199.25.4991342.40.793193.6
Sony S1 High Speed UHS-II Reader/Writer97.81566.92085.99113.4334.2121028.30.826201.75.4021318.90.786192.0
Delkin Black Rugged Card Reader97.56064.06685.05311.2994.080996.10.816199.25.1331253.10.767187.3
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.75066.42489.71030.2146.0131468.10.707172.57.9371937.80.756184.5
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.73266.30389.12434.1395.7971415.20.781190.87.7901901.90.886216.2
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.83066.35789.72532.4536.0681481.50.705172.17.8331912.40.759185.2
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.76966.42089.69627.6915.9981464.50.818199.77.8711921.60.894218.2
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black95.36864.71587.35221.8805.6301374.50.681166.27.2921780.20.744181.8
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader95.36067.33389.04024.1015.6121370.00.702171.57.3581796.40.793193.6
Lexar Professional Workflow SR195.32566.46287.95623.9755.4381327.60.699170.56.9671700.90.866211.4
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.24765.49589.32811.5145.7991415.70.908221.67.7801899.50.885215.9
Delkin Multi-Card CFast SD UHS-II microSD Reader95.10966.32488.98136.8315.7121394.50.701171.27.6841876.10.744181.6
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black95.10066.16987.71134.8194.6511135.50.641156.55.4461329.50.808197.3
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF995.09266.73788.56828.7515.7391401.20.703171.67.7511892.20.884215.7
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.85966.89988.81832.8365.7581405.80.719175.77.6451866.50.721176.0
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.85964.96488.75943.1375.8271422.70.687167.77.6381864.80.727177.4
Delkin Travel Reader94.85165.18686.68833.8525.8221421.30.804196.37.7441890.50.895218.6
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.39866.33288.58335.2325.4491330.20.675164.87.3051783.50.847206.8
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.95165.97779.16422.5913.789925.00.618150.94.3551063.10.677165.2
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.20765.22285.57711.8625.3751312.30.691168.87.2541770.90.697170.1
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS390.34863.86462.66433.8416.0071466.70.707172.67.9491940.80.895218.5

The PNY Elite Performance 64GB SDXC card will be tested in upcoming camera write speed tests. Results will appear in the table below.

PNY Elite Performance U1 64GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon 77D59.4
Canon 80D59.3
Canon Rebel T7i59.2
Canon 5D Mark IV58.5
Nikon D50057.8
Canon Rebel T6i/T6s57.6
Fuji X-Pro257.4
Sony A957.3
Nikon D750055.3
Canon 5Ds53.9
Nikon D560051.6
Nikon D550049.1
Nikon D710047.4
Fuji X-T1047.0
Samsung NX146.8
Nikon D720043.8
Olympus E-M1 II40.4
Olympus PEN-F40.1
Olympus E-M5 II38.4
Panasonic GH537.6
Sony A7R II34.9
Pentax K-3 II34.1
Sony A600033.6
Canon 70D33.5
Canon 6D33.1
Sony A630032.9

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5Ds, Canon 6D, Canon 70D, Canon 77D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Canon Rebel T7i, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D7500, Nikon D7200, Nikon D7100, Nikon D5600, Nikon D5500, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus E-M5 II, Olympus PEN-F, Panasonic GH5, Pentax K-3 II, Samsung NX1, Sony A7R II, Sony A9, Sony A6000, Sony A6300

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

PNY Elite Performance U1 64GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)111226349
Product Name (PNM)SD64G
Product Revision0.2
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000028
OEM ID (OID)BE
Manufacture Date (MDT)10/2014
Total capacity64,087,916,544 bytes

The internal card identification register of this PNY Elite Performance card contains the Manufacturer ID (MID) 0x00028 and OEM ID (OID) "BE," which indicate the card was produced by Lexar. The card also has read speeds very close to the Lexar Professional 600x 64GB SDXC card, which further indicates the cards may share the same controller. Slight differences in write speed may be due variances in NAND chips, with Lexar saving the faster memory for their own brand cards. Since PNY does not manufacture controllers or NAND flash memory, they source parts and OEM services from other companies. As such, PNY may switch suppliers and the performance of their cards could change.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the PNY Elite Performance 90MB/s U1 SD 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 90MB/s U1 SD16$0.69$10.99Check priceCheck price
PNY Elite Performance 90MB/s U1 SD32$0.62$19.99Check priceCheck price
PNY Elite Performance 90MB/s U1 SD64$0.62$39.99Check priceCheck price
PNY Elite Performance 90MB/s U1 SD128$1.82$232.63Check priceCheck price
PNY Elite Performance 90MB/s U1 SD256$0.50$127.99Check priceCheck price