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PNY Elite-X UHS-I U3 32GB microSDHC Card Review

PNY Elite-X UHS-I U3 32GB microSDHC Card

Introduction

The PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GB UHS-I memory card offers U3 performance for recording full HD and 4K video. According to PNY, the Elite-X offers 90MB/s write performance. The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designation means the card provides at least 30MB/s continuous write speed. The Elite-X is available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities. PNY memory cards carry a lifetime warranty in USA (5-year warranty in Europe). The 32GB microSDHC version (P-SDU32U390EX-GE) is reviewed here.

PNY Elite-X UHS-I U3 32GB microSDHC Card Back

Performance

PNY advertises the Elite-X cards with a 90MB/s transfer speed. This is only the read speed and no specific claim is made about the write speed other than the U3 rating. In benchmark tests the 32GB microSDHC card measured up to 96.7 MB/s sequential read. Sequential write speed reached 77.4 MB/s.

Card: PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GB
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-X microSDHC 32GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.66176.72388.50923.7706.0891486.60.916223.67.3661798.40.810197.7
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.66176.95489.22621.2205.9881461.80.918224.17.5171835.10.780190.5
Lexar LRWM03U-7000 UHS-I microSD Reader95.02376.65688.14520.5455.5371351.90.946231.16.3551551.40.767187.3
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II94.99776.78589.05521.0796.0191469.60.998243.77.4921829.00.815198.9
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer94.93776.38289.15921.8075.9741458.40.917224.07.5211836.10.802195.8
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader94.75776.27188.99519.0626.0911487.10.961234.57.5211836.20.790192.9
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.74876.41089.02519.1996.0611479.80.924225.67.4491818.60.770188.0
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF994.72276.71888.74416.7486.0381474.20.956233.57.3271788.90.795194.1
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.70576.92088.81819.1976.0331473.00.953232.77.4471818.00.798194.9
Delkin Travel Reader94.69776.94886.78820.8376.2171517.70.954232.87.3531795.10.793193.6
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.16976.40587.52416.0734.7961170.80.852208.05.3151297.70.756184.7
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader93.95077.42088.29019.8035.6051368.40.824201.16.8771679.00.757184.9
Lexar LRWM05U-7000 UHS-II microSD Reader93.21575.84185.69122.9595.8851436.90.861210.27.0911731.20.766187.0
SanDisk microSD UHS-II USB 3.0 Reader92.73775.86385.86426.5595.8651431.90.926226.17.1841753.80.763186.2
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.44375.85785.59120.1845.6701384.40.923225.37.2291764.80.756184.5
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.091.75576.14977.83917.8613.795926.50.809197.54.1541014.30.688167.9

The PNY Elite-X 32GB microSDHC card will be included in camera tests and results will be added below when available.

PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon 5D Mark IV66.6
Nikon D560059.4
Olympus E-M1 II39.6

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Nikon D5600, Olympus E-M1 II

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GB microSD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)3356869
Product Name (PNM)SDU32
Product Revision0.2
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x00009e
OEM ID (OID)BE
Manufacture Date (MDT)06/2016
Total capacity32,395,755,520 bytes

The internal card identification register of the PNY Elite-X card contains the OEM ID (OID) "BE" (or 0x4245 in HEX) which indicates Lexar produced the card.

PNY Elite-X UHS-I U3 32GB microSDHC Card Package Front PNY Elite-X UHS-I U3 32GB microSDHC Card Package Back

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the PNY Elite-X card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
PNY Elite-X microSD32$0.47$14.99$14.99
PNY Elite-X microSD64$0.44$27.99$27.99
PNY Elite-X microSD128$0.31$39.99