The top-of-the-line memory card from Samsung is the PRO UHS-I 64GB SDXC. This card is ideal for DSLR and mirrorless photography especially where speed and continuous burst shooting is important. Its large capacity accommodates high megapixel images and HD video. It supports UHS-I and is labeled with UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and SD Class 10, meaning the card can provide at least 10MB/s continuous write speed. According to Samsung the PRO provides up to 90 MB/s read and 80 MB/s write speed. The Samsung PRO is offered in 16, 32 and 64 GB capacities. The Samsung PRO 32GB SDHC card was reviewed previously. This review is for the 64GB SDXC card.
The PRO cards were introduced in 2014 and replace the earlier Pro Series. The original Pro Series cards were grey with a faux brushed metal label, while the new PRO cards are white with a mirror silver label. Samsung designed a unique case with eased edges and a recessed label that covers the entire top. The back of the card has a groove to help grip the card when removing from a card slot. On most SD cards this groove is on the top of the card, but in many Samsung cameras the card is inserted with the label side toward the door making the Samsung card configuration slightly easier to grip when used in Samsung cameras.
Samsung PRO cards incorporate multi-Level Cell (MLC) memory. This type of memory stores two bits of data per memory cell and has superior performance and supports more write cycles compared with the Triple Level Cell (TLC) memory found in the EVO and Standard series cards. MLC requires more raw material for a given capacity which makes the card more expensive to produce.
The Samsung PRO was tested in several USB 3.0 card readers to test maximum sequential read and write speeds. In these benchmarks the 64GB PRO card exceeded its stated transfer speed ratings. It reached 95 MB/s sequential read and 83 MB/s sequential write. These speeds are essentially the same as the 32GB SDHC version that was tested previously.
Card: Samsung PRO 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
|Samsung PRO 64GB 64 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader||95.900||82.409||84.354||3.486||7.962||1943.8||1.687||411.8|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II||95.083||82.254||83.042||3.731||7.862||1919.5||1.745||426.0|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer||95.049||83.565||84.549||5.092||7.984||1949.3||1.851||452.0|
|Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader||94.705||83.036||84.147||4.313||7.888||1925.8||1.649||402.5|
|Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II||94.620||83.359||84.327||4.711||7.984||1949.3||1.852||452.2|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||94.373||82.332||83.788||3.041||7.819||1908.9||1.689||412.4|
|Delkin Travel Reader||94.279||83.392||81.716||3.342||7.808||1906.3||1.792||437.6|
|Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black||94.220||83.900||81.071||3.532||6.203||1514.4||1.625||396.6|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||94.119||81.888||83.635||4.654||7.783||1900.0||1.738||424.4|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR1||94.102||83.386||81.124||3.975||7.514||1834.5||1.817||443.6|
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||93.824||81.907||83.331||4.599||7.807||1906.0||1.644||401.4|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||93.548||82.813||75.797||4.398||4.864||1187.5||1.448||353.4|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader||93.531||83.056||81.218||4.435||7.668||1872.1||1.841||449.4|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black||93.431||83.900||81.231||4.015||7.604||1856.5||1.763||430.4|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||92.426||82.669||81.218||3.508||7.500||1831.1||1.639||400.2|
|Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader||91.771||81.882||79.542||4.604||7.518||1835.4||1.544||376.9|
|Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3||91.173||78.817||59.938||3.919||7.962||1943.8||1.844||450.3|
The 64GB PRO card will be included in upcoming camera write speed tests. Its performance in various cameras will be added to the table below. Write speed is often limited by the camera or device in which it is used. The camera write speed tests compare performance of several memory cards in each camera.
|Samsung PRO 64GB|
Tested in Camera
|Canon Rebel T6i/T6s||69.1|
|Olympus E-M5 II||37.4|
|Pentax K-3 II||36.4|
|Sony A7R II||34.9|
Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5Ds, Canon 6D, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D7100, Nikon D7200, Nikon D5500, Olympus E-M5 II, Olympus PEN-F, Pentax K-3 II, Samsung NX1, Sony A7R II, Sony A6000, Sony A6300
Samsung PRO memory cards have a 10-year warranty. The card tested here is labeled Made in Korea. The card is identified by 1799638130 serial number (PSN) and a manufacture date (MDT) of May 2014 according to its internal card identification register.
The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.
|Samsung PRO 64GB SD — Internal Card Information|
|Serial number (PSN)||1799638130|
|Product Name (PNM)||0|
|Manufacturer ID (MID)||0x00001b|
|OEM ID (OID)||SM|
|Manufacture Date (MDT)||05/2014|
|Total capacity||64,013,467,648 bytes|
Compare prices on the Samsung PRO SD card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|Samsung PRO SD||16||$1.12||$17.95||$19.99|
|Samsung PRO SD||32||$0.94||$31.72||$29.99|
|Samsung PRO SD||64||$0.72||$45.88||$59.99|