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SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 128GB microSDXC Card Review

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB Memory Card

Introduction

Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC cards bring a new V30 speed rating and larger capacity up to 128GB to SanDisk's Extreme microSD card line. The Extreme 90MB/s microSD cards are available in 16, 32, 64GB and 128GB capacities. The cards are rated 90MB/s read and 60MB/s write performance, except for the 16GB card which is rated 40MB/s write speed and does not have the V30 rating. The 128GB capacity card (SDSQXVF-128G-GN6MA) is tested in this review .

The Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 card has UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designation and is able to sustain at least 30MB/s continuous write speed for recording 4K video. V30 is a new Video Speed Class rating, similar to SD Class and UHS Speed Class, and also means the card can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous write speed. The new Video Speed class is an attempt to simplify card ratings by combining the old two classes (SD Class and UHS Speed Class) into a single system. The new Video Speed Class ratings are V6, V10, V30, V60 and V90 and correspond to 6, 10, 30, 60 and 90 MB/s write speeds. Previously cards were rated SD Class 2, 4, 6 and 10, and UHS Speed Class 1 (U1 for 10MB/s) or UHS Speed Class 3 (U3 for 30MB/s).

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB Memory Card Back

Performance

To evaluate performance of the new SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I V30 128GB SDXC card, the card was tested in several USB 3.0 card readers. The highest sequential read benchmark was 99.5 MB/s, well above the 90MB/s read speed rating claimed by SanDisk. Sequential write speed measured 64.5 MB/s, which is faster than the 60MB/s rating quoted by SanDisk.

Card: SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 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 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB 128 GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II99.53364.19669.25932.4588.3642042.13.041742.3
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader99.53364.00469.23633.6088.3712043.83.069749.4
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader99.13764.31044.75932.7148.3692043.13.135765.3
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II97.65164.35444.07931.9848.3402036.03.114760.3
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader97.65164.14544.28732.1868.3882047.93.103757.6
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer97.27164.13745.76032.9968.3802045.83.077751.2
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader97.23464.05135.59127.4908.3222031.73.920957.1
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF996.99264.37745.26533.0078.3442037.03.066748.6
Delkin Travel Reader96.99264.18889.60751.0928.4192055.43.017736.5
Lexar LRWM05U-7000 UHS-II microSD Reader94.14463.91087.92751.2507.9921951.22.697658.4
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader93.91664.49687.43851.9358.0161957.02.727665.7
SanDisk microSD UHS-II USB 3.0 Reader93.86664.21687.41051.3348.3412036.42.851696.0
Lexar LRWM03U-7000 UHS-I microSD Reader92.86863.99687.16351.5196.9711701.84.3661066.0
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black92.72064.48886.88951.6886.1391498.82.406587.3
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.090.56664.45678.59149.5584.6811142.92.149524.8
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader85.61964.27582.67452.5227.7131883.02.718663.5
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black85.35464.46081.16451.6717.9191933.53.762918.5

The 128GB Extreme 90MB/s V30 microSDXC card will be tested in cameras soon. The results will be shown in the table below as soon as they are available.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
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Olympus E-M1 II41.4

Cameras tested with this card: Olympus E-M1 II

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB Memory Card Package FrontSanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB Memory Card Package Back

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GB microSD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)1415394769
Product Name (PNM)AFGCF
Product Revision8.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000003
OEM ID (OID)SD
Manufacture Date (MDT)12/2016
Total capacity127,865,454,592 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

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GB
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Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD16$1.50$24.00Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD32$0.59$18.99$18.99$18.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD64$0.44$29.95$28.95$27.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSD128$0.49$67.95$62.36$62.95