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SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 128GB SDXC Card Review

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 SDXC 128GB Memory Card

Introduction

The Extreme 90MB/s is the latest version of SanDisk's performance-oriented SD card. First available in September 2015, the new 90MB/s Extreme cards are a new line that replaces the previous Extreme 60MB/s and Extreme 80MB/s cards. The 16, 32 and 64GB Extreme 90MB/s cards are rated at 90MB/s read and 40 MB/s write (previously rated 60MB/s read and 40MB/s write). The 128 and 256GB capacity cards are rated 90MB/s read and 60 MB/s write (previously 80MB/s read and 60MB/s write).

This review focuses on the Extreme 90MB/s 128GB UHS-I U3 SDXC card. The card is rated UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) which means it can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous write speed for recording 4K video. The gold label has a similar appearance to the Extreme 60MB/s and 80MB/s cards.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 SDXC 128GB Memory Card Back

Performance

The SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s 128GB SDXC card was benchmarked in several card readers. The highest sequential read was 85.970 MB/s, nearly the same as the previous Extreme 80MB/s 128GB card that was tested at 85.2 MB/s read. This is close, but not quite up to the 90MB/s read speed quoted by SanDisk. Sequential write speed hit 78.657 MB/s, not quite the 80.4 MB/s provided the previous sample of the Extreme 80MB/s card, but well above the 60MB/s write speed advertised by SanDisk. It would appear the Extreme 90MB/s and 80MB/s are virtually the same cards.

Card: SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 128GB
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 90MB/s U3 128GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.085.97078.48074.37961.1715.5141346.12.148524.44.9901218.21.999488.0
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS385.69678.55161.08551.5278.9572186.72.967724.58.2272008.52.692657.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader85.66178.14181.15128.7109.2172250.23.292803.88.0241959.13.132764.7
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader85.58478.82879.60829.1468.8002148.52.677653.58.2282008.82.533618.4
Lexar Professional Workflow SR185.57778.36379.20367.3838.7682140.72.967724.37.9951951.92.723664.7
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader85.54978.54581.54067.0739.2032246.82.968724.78.2162005.82.686655.9
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF985.52178.28781.79867.2058.8882170.02.951720.48.2152005.72.677653.6
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer85.46578.04881.93466.9969.0372206.32.946719.28.2392011.52.701659.5
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader85.43878.33479.06028.9948.7712141.42.582630.48.3512038.82.515614.1
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer85.39678.25277.81328.8547.3721799.82.357575.46.5111589.52.231544.8
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader85.38978.43380.84566.9525.3161297.82.967724.56.2151517.42.686655.8
Delkin Travel Reader85.37578.50479.87228.9578.8862169.32.959722.58.2202006.82.704660.3
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black85.35478.65779.13866.9417.3051783.42.329568.76.3041539.12.202537.5
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II85.31978.30581.52767.0079.2172250.22.967724.58.2642017.52.718663.6
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader85.18878.57478.29171.1668.9332180.93.703904.17.8711921.53.354818.8
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader85.13278.29381.52767.1619.1822241.62.964723.68.1911999.72.700659.3
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II85.11978.11881.73066.8769.1662237.82.963723.38.2332010.02.708661.1
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black85.02978.29979.72670.4099.0542210.43.259795.87.9611943.63.108758.9

The 128GB Extreme 90MB/s will be included in upcoming camera tests. The table below is automatically updated with write speed results when new cameras are tested.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 128GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon 80D72.1
Canon 5D Mark IV70.9
Nikon D50070.7
Nikon D560068.5
Fuji X-Pro268.0
Fuji X-T1057.9
Olympus E-M1 II41.6
Olympus PEN-F41.1
Sony A7R II36.1
Sony A630034.3

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 80D, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D5600, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus PEN-F, Sony A7R II, Sony A6300

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 128GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)3579484961
Product Name (PNM)SE128
Product Revision8.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000003
OEM ID (OID)SD
Manufacture Date (MDT)08/2015
Total capacity127,864,930,304 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U316$0.72$13.50$11.54$11.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD16$1.50$23.96Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 microSD16$1.50$23.96Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U332$0.56$17.97Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD32$0.47$29.99$14.99
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 SD32$0.58$18.45$18.45$18.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD32$0.59$18.99$18.99$18.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U364$0.48$30.87Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD64$0.74$47.59Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 SD64$0.45$30.00$30.00$28.89
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD64$0.48$32.99$30.95$33.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3128$0.45$58.08Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 SD128$0.47$59.99$59.95$59.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD128$0.54$69.26$71.95$74.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3256$0.48$122.13Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 SD256$0.46$119.95$116.95$116.95