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SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I U3 128GB SDXC Card Review

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I U3 128GB SDXC Card

Introduction

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s cards are the fastest UHS-I SD card offered by SanDisk. Their performance is rated at 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write speed and features the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) rating. The U3 guarantees at least 30MB/s continuous write speed for 4K video recording. Older cards may be labeled U1 but offer essentially the same speed (the label label was updated after the new speed class was defined by the SD Association).

The Extreme Pro 95MB/s card is offered in several sizes: 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB. This review is for the 128GB capacity SDXC version. The Extreme Pro 32 GB SDHC and Extreme Pro 64 GB SDXC were tested previously.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I U3 128GB SDXC Card

Performance

Read and write speed for this 128GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I card was measured using benchmark tests in several USB 3.0 SD card readers. The card surpassed its speed ratings in several card readers, reaching 99.6MB/s sequential read and 92.2MB/s sequential write speeds. These benchmarks are practically the highest of any UHS-I card tested.

Card: SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 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 Pro 95MB/s 128GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader99.55291.17392.68875.2778.9082174.73.003733.18.3072028.02.770676.2
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II99.55291.20492.71775.4498.9242178.73.011735.18.3462037.72.768675.7
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF998.13591.73193.19175.0239.0422207.43.002733.08.2622017.22.752671.9
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II97.76091.45992.62775.2409.0432207.82.990730.08.2852022.82.745670.2
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader97.74291.35592.65574.8739.1132224.83.008734.38.2952025.12.782679.2
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer97.67891.47592.70375.1919.1192226.33.004733.58.3082028.32.749671.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader97.54291.02292.73432.5549.0732215.23.366821.98.0811972.93.244792.1
Delkin Travel Reader97.52491.37190.24573.5308.9632188.12.913711.28.3122029.42.665650.6
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader97.45191.02292.20975.1308.9492184.83.019737.08.3042027.32.797682.9
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader96.60792.19190.37980.3058.8122151.43.764918.97.8421914.73.427836.6
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader96.21792.24790.32075.9599.3042271.42.630642.18.2502014.32.517614.5
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black95.58690.73189.27874.5397.4221812.12.410588.36.4451573.52.257550.9
Lexar Professional Workflow SR195.49990.78689.07074.9988.9572186.72.992730.57.9961952.32.778678.3
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.094.16189.63077.77566.8984.1141004.52.181532.53.865943.52.025494.5
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader93.19887.40386.35932.7579.1612236.62.609637.08.3502038.62.531617.9
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS391.18182.35863.14753.5259.1832242.03.017736.68.3082028.32.737668.2
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black85.36882.28081.08474.7748.6892121.33.282801.27.8841924.73.089754.2

The Extreme Pro's exemplary performance continued in camera testing. In the Canon 5Ds write speed test, the 128GB Extreme Pro UHS-I card averaged 71.4 MB/s write speed during continuous shooting. It was among the fastest SD cards tested in that camera, where five of the top seven cards were different versions of Extreme Pro 95MB/s UHS-I cards. Additional camera tested with this card will be added to the following table.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 128GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Nikon D50083.0
Canon 80D80.8
Nikon D560078.5
Canon 5D Mark IV78.2
Fuji X-Pro277.8
Canon 5Ds71.4
Fuji X-T1058.8
Olympus E-M1 II41.6
Olympus PEN-F41.2
Sony A7R II36.2
Sony A630034.3

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

Recommendation

In numerous camera tests, SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s cards measured the highest write speeds of all UHS-I cards. This 128 GB SDXC version continues the tradition and provides 128GB of capacity for photographs and video. It gets the highest recommendation for the best performance you can buy for UHS-I cameras.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD16$0.96$15.40$15.75$15.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD32$0.81$25.97Check priceCheck price
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD64$0.55$34.99Check priceCheck price
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD128$0.50$65.95Check price$63.49
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD256$0.48$144.99Check price$122.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD512$0.51$259.67$299.95$299.95

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 128GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)11555662
Product Name (PNM)SP128
Product Revision8.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000003
OEM ID (OID)SD
Manufacture Date (MDT)04/2015
Total capacity127,864,930,304 bytes