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Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Transcend U3 95/60 MB/s 128GB SDXC Memory Card

Introduction

Transcend produces a variety of SD cards. The 95/60 U3 is the least expensive U3-rated card offered. It offers a 95MB/s read speed and 60MB/s write speed, while the U3 designation guarantees continuous recording of at least 30MB/s for uninterrupted 4K and full HD video recording. The card offers UHS-I performance, which is the high-speed interface supported by most digital cameras and computers. The Transcend U3 95/60 card is available in 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities. The 128GB size SDXC card (TS128GSDU3) is tested in this review.

Transcend 95/60 cards use MLC flash memory, a highly durable memory structure that has increased lifespan over TLC flash memory used in less expensive cards. Transcend memory cards are covered by a limited lifetime warranty policy. The 95/60 card reviewed was made in Taiwan.

Transcend U3 95/60 MB/s 128GB SDXC Memory Card Back

Performance

After benchmarking the Transcend 95/60 card in numerous USB 3.0 card readers, it reached up to 96.8 MB/s sequential read speed, just above the 95MB/s quoted by Transcend. The sequential write speed reached 68.6 MB/s, above specification and slightly better than the 67.8 MB/s sequential write measured in the 64 GB capacity version of the same card tested previously.

Card: Transcend 95/60 MB/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

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.76867.82588.98127.6155.7121394.50.708172.87.6861876.40.891217.6
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.75968.58888.62726.6945.8491427.90.707172.77.6811875.20.879214.6
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF995.49067.95789.34324.6925.9321448.30.720175.97.7821899.90.907221.4
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.33468.27688.70026.8065.6731385.10.710173.47.6221860.70.889217.1
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader95.07468.45488.58326.9805.6631382.50.711173.67.6141858.90.893217.9
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader95.04066.71288.58333.9345.7691408.40.702171.47.7081881.70.900219.8
Delkin Travel Reader94.97164.50486.6318.2665.6951390.40.938229.07.6521868.20.904220.7
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II94.96368.20588.58326.8065.7471403.00.710173.37.6631870.90.887216.4
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader94.95467.74288.65629.0155.7341399.80.708173.07.6061856.90.884215.7
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader94.75768.44088.56832.3485.3111296.50.705172.27.1101735.90.882215.4
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black94.73168.51688.42226.8055.3101296.30.675164.86.9351693.20.840205.1
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.69768.14287.30927.2224.4111076.80.806196.85.3101296.30.801195.7
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.59467.33388.29024.7545.4411328.50.691168.87.1841754.00.865211.3
Lexar Professional Workflow SR194.51768.18787.51024.6415.4221323.80.702171.36.9251690.60.872212.8
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.23166.98084.99624.1135.1731263.00.685167.37.0401718.70.854208.6
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.15867.45478.46027.0863.768920.00.634154.84.2921047.80.756184.5
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS388.93064.19261.68136.3555.7201396.60.717174.97.5921853.50.886216.2

The Transcend 95/60 card measured 58.9 MB/s average write speed during continuous shooting in the Nikon D500. Additional write speed results in camera can be compared in the table below. More results are added as additional cameras are tested.

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Nikon D50058.9
Canon 80D58.7
Fuji X-Pro257.8
Canon 5D Mark IV57.8
Nikon D560050.1
Fuji X-T1046.7
Olympus E-M1 II40.6
Olympus PEN-F38.6
Sony A7R II33.4
Sony A630032.7

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.

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)530795019
Product Name (PNM)SDU1
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)J`
Manufacture Date (MDT)07/2015
Total capacity129,787,494,400 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Transcend 95/60 U3 card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Transcend 95/60 U364$0.47$32.99$32.99$29.99
Transcend 95/60 U3128$0.51$69.50$74.99$64.99
Transcend 95/60 U3256$0.56$143.89$150.77