Note: The Extreme 80MB/s and Extreme 60MB/s cards are being replaced by a new Extreme 90MB/s line. The new cards are being tested and reviews with speed test results will be posted soon. Preliminary tests of the Extreme 90MB/s 128GB card indicate similar performance to this Extreme 80MB/s 128GB card.
The Extreme is the entry level high-performance card from SanDisk. As of 2015, the Extreme line consisted of the Extreme 60MB/s, Extreme Plus 80MB/s and Extreme Pro 95MB/s. The Extreme has long been a popular choice when performance is desired at a reasonable price. In mid-2015, Sandisk introduced the Extreme 80MB/s in 128GB and 256GB capacities with 80MB/s read speed and 60MB/s write speed. These cards are positioned in the same line as the Extreme 60MB/s cards (60MB/s read and 40MB/s write speed) that are offered in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities since around mid-2014. The Extreme 80MB/s is rated the same as the the Extreme Plus 80MB/s cards, which were available before the Extreme 60MB/s line was introduced and at the time of this review (September 2015) the Extreme Plus 80MB/s are being sold in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB capacities.
The Extreme 128GB UHS-I U3 SDXC card tested for this review is suitable for both high-megapixel digital photography as well as high definition and high-definition video. The card carries the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designation that guarantees at least 30MB/s continuous write speed making them suitable for recording 4K video. SanDisk quotes the a maximum 60MB/s write speed. Visually, the card shares the gold label of the Extreme 60MB/s cards.
In USB 3.0 card readers, the SanDisk Extreme 128GB SDXC card was tested with read and write speed benchmark tests. The highest sequential read speed measured 85.2 MB/s, comfortable above the 80MB/s speed on the label. Its sequential write speed measured as high as 80.4 MB/s. This is impressive considering SanDisk quotes the write speed at only 60MB/s. The 128GB card also performed slightly faster than the 256GB capacity card.
Card: SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 128GB 128 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
|SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 128GB 128 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black||85.153||80.412||77.711||72.638||8.650||2111.9||3.250||793.4|
|Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader||85.153||80.203||81.258||68.034||8.682||2119.6||2.929||715.0|
|Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader||85.029||79.770||80.792||67.796||9.198||2245.7||2.948||719.6|
|Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black||84.953||80.222||78.161||67.830||7.316||1786.1||2.327||568.1|
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||84.877||80.099||80.792||68.101||8.719||2128.7||2.928||714.9|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||84.864||79.570||80.217||29.160||8.844||2159.3||2.938||717.3|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader||84.733||80.154||77.685||72.221||8.644||2110.5||3.687||900.2|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||84.727||79.257||79.819||28.844||8.760||2138.6||3.300||805.6|
|Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3||84.617||79.516||60.233||51.679||8.957||2186.7||2.952||720.7|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||84.535||79.831||73.327||61.772||5.521||1347.9||2.129||519.7|
|Delkin Travel Reader||84.494||79.564||77.916||28.938||8.636||2108.4||2.937||717.0|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR1||84.481||79.892||77.634||68.178||8.696||2123.1||2.936||716.8|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer||84.481||79.504||80.057||67.572||8.740||2133.7||2.918||712.5|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||84.481||79.794||78.097||29.425||9.143||2232.2||2.684||655.2|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II||84.467||80.136||81.258||68.367||9.095||2220.4||2.923||713.7|
|Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader||84.223||79.090||76.832||67.139||8.600||2099.7||2.539||620.0|
|Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II||84.209||79.522||80.004||67.762||8.722||2129.4||2.933||716.1|
In cameras the 128GB Extreme 80MB/s card offered very good performance. Among SD cards tested in the Canon 5Ds, this card performed similarly to the top-level UHS-I cards from Sony, Samsung and Transcend. It averaged 67.3MB/s during continuous shooting, which was only a few MB/s slower than the 71.7 MB/s average measured using the top-level 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro. Additional camera write speed results are added to the table below when available.
|SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 128GB|
Tested in Camera
|Canon 5D Mark IV||71.9|
|Pentax K-3 II||37.0|
|Sony A7R II||36.1|
The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.
|SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 128GB SD — Internal Card Information|
|Serial number (PSN)||6506783|
|Product Name (PNM)||SE128|
|Manufacturer ID (MID)||0x000003|
|OEM ID (OID)||SD|
|Manufacture Date (MDT)||03/2015|
|Total capacity||127,864,930,304 bytes|
Compare prices on the SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s||128||$0.55||$71.08||$89.95||$69.95|
|SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s||256||$0.55||$159.85||$141.58||$159.95|