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Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GB SDXC Memory Card

Introduction

The Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 card offers UHS-I performance with a UHS Speed Class 3 speed rating for demanding DSLR and video applications. According to Transcend, the card is rated 95MB/s read and 60MB/s write speed. The card is suitable for HD and 4K video thanks to its U3 designation which means it can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous video recording. The Transcend 95/60 card is available in 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities. This review covers the 256GB size SDXC card (TS256GSDU3). The 128GB and 64GB cards were tested previously.

Transcend backs their memory cards with limited lifetime warranty. The 256GB card tested for this review is marked made in Taiwan on the back side.

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GB SDXC Memory Card Back

Performance

In benchmark testing the Transcend 95/60 reached up to 96.6 MB/s sequential read speed. The highest sequential write speed measured 69.0 MB/s, comfortably above specification. The speeds are similar to the speeds found in the 64 GB and 128 GB capacity Transcend 95/60 MB/s cards.

Card: Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GB
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 256GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer97.83368.73784.61829.5523.884948.30.708172.84.6071124.60.810197.7
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.63468.74186.94727.3995.0111223.40.780190.45.8271422.70.895218.5
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.62568.55287.10530.6605.0191225.20.786192.05.8331424.00.894218.3
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader95.34266.33687.30929.1275.0351229.20.788192.35.7981415.50.910222.2
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.34268.95486.96130.5865.0281227.60.785191.75.8041417.00.911222.3
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.17868.75086.93233.7764.9421206.60.783191.25.7781410.70.904220.6
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.05768.44986.97530.6554.8241177.60.784191.35.7941414.50.899219.4
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF994.97166.98986.96110.1995.0171224.80.782190.95.7711408.90.906221.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.92068.34286.80327.3955.0031221.40.748182.75.7851412.50.869212.2
Delkin Travel Reader94.81768.47684.96829.3434.9621211.50.787192.15.8271422.50.908221.8
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black94.74867.72486.53022.2014.7581161.70.740180.65.6311374.80.863210.8
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.63768.99486.37428.4354.7651163.40.734179.25.5451353.70.866211.3
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.46668.49085.50532.1443.997975.80.719175.44.5321106.50.819199.9
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.50867.73783.22028.2104.7021147.90.738180.15.6251373.40.876213.8
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.26468.02876.92523.3983.442840.30.687167.83.747914.70.767187.3

The 256GB Transcend 95/60 card will be tested for write speed in cameras. The results will be shown below when available.

Cameras tested with this card:

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)287417640
Product Name (PNM)SDU1
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)J`
Manufacture Date (MDT)09/2016
Total capacity259,710,255,104 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$0.55$49.99$38.99$35.50
Transcend 95/60 U3128$0.57$92.16$76.12$72.99
Transcend 95/60 U3256$0.61$154.99$154.99