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SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 256GB SDXC Card Review

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 SDXC 256GB Memory Card

Introduction

The Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 is an update to SanDisk's popular performance-level SD memory card. This edition of the card bears the new Video Speed Class V30 designation, meaning the card can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous video recording. It also has the UHS Speed Class U3 rating that also has the same minimum continuous write speed. The card supports up to 60MB/s maximum write speed according to SanDisk. SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s cards are available in 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256GB capacities. The 256GB SDXC card is tested in this review.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s UHS-I U3 V30 SDXC 256GB Memory Card Back

Performance

The SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s 256GB SDXC card was tested in multiple card readers. In benchmarked tests the card reached a highest sequential read of 99.5 MB/s, an improvement over the older Extreme 80MB/s 256GB card at 83.0 MB/s sequential read. The highest sequential write speed observed was 65.1 MB/s, not quite the 79.3 MB/s of the older Extreme 80MB/s card, but still above the 60MB/s write speed advertised by SanDisk.

Card: SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 256GB 256 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 256GB 256 GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader99.45764.54068.22231.5247.8641920.02.895706.8
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II99.45763.91068.10131.5547.8391913.92.872701.1
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer97.46964.76345.67932.3007.8931927.12.820688.4
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II97.39764.90744.14331.1517.9171932.82.825689.8
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF997.29864.71145.28731.7047.9341937.02.822689.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader97.27164.85935.31126.7327.8761923.03.544865.3
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader97.26164.85544.13631.8567.9151932.52.826690.0
Delkin Travel Reader97.11764.79989.90349.7367.9741946.72.821688.6
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader97.06364.79944.48931.6347.9711946.02.880703.0
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader93.90065.12987.26750.2797.6071857.12.523615.9
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black92.66365.14986.48850.9765.8581430.22.251549.5
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.091.41164.96879.72647.8574.6591137.42.048499.9
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader87.87234.14679.5550.0517.9621943.82.534618.8
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black76.31664.96473.03549.5907.4281813.43.431837.6

The 256GB Extreme 90MB/s V30 SDXC card will be tested in cameras. When results are available they will be posted in a table below.

Cameras tested with this card:

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 256GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)2024938375
Product Name (PNM)SE256
Product Revision8.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000003
OEM ID (OID)SD
Manufacture Date (MDT)09/2016
Total capacity255,865,651,200 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$0.68$10.85$10.85
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD16$1.50$24.00Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U332$0.50$16.48$15.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD32$0.53$16.99Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V3032$0.47$14.99$14.99$16.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U364$0.43$27.49$27.58
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD64$0.45$28.99Check price
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V3064$0.39$24.99$24.99$29.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3128$0.42$56.11$53.95$54.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30128$0.43$57.97$54.95$54.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSD128$0.55$69.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3256$0.43$109.95$109.70$119.95
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30256$0.46$119.95$116.95$119.95

The new Extreme 90MB/s cards have a "V30" rating. The old cards without the new speed rating are discontinued but may still be available from retailers.