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Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GB Memory Card Review

Transcend U3 95/85 MB/s 32GB SDHC Memory Card

Introduction

The Transcend 95/85 MB/s is the fastest SD card offered by Transcend as of 2014. The card features UHS-I performance including the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) designation which guarantees at least 30 MB/s continuous write speed for 4K Ultra HD video recording. It is offered in 32 and 64 GB capacities.

The Transcend 95/85 card provides 95MB/s read speed and 85MB/s write speed according to Transcend. It features MLC flash memory which provides higher performance and longer lifespan compared with less expensive TLC flash memory. Transcend backs their memory cards with a lifetime warranty.

Performance

The Transcend 95/85 U3 card performed well in card reader benchmark tests. It reached 95.7 MB/s read speed, while write speed was an impressive 89.7 MB/s in the fastest USB 3.0 card reader.

Card: Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GB
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 95/85 MB/s U3 32GB
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Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II98.51389.97685.2933.42110.9172665.31.260307.713.0833194.00.948231.5
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.71489.37090.00722.2906.7861656.61.034252.38.1651993.51.048255.9
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.73488.81089.93221.3566.7651651.71.056257.97.9791948.01.037253.3
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.60388.74289.71019.5606.7871657.11.096267.68.0621968.31.036253.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader95.40389.74589.93219.6766.2221519.01.022249.47.3321790.11.029251.1
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black95.37789.32488.71518.2526.2601528.30.986240.87.4251812.71.061259.2
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader95.23988.52590.11113.7346.5571600.81.031251.77.9161932.51.015247.8
Lexar Professional Workflow SR195.23988.60088.81818.6435.9031441.21.077262.97.2761776.51.011246.9
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black95.07488.37688.61220.8114.9821216.31.019248.85.4131321.40.955233.2
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.00688.61589.62215.6796.4601577.11.026250.57.9701945.71.021249.3
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF994.98888.51089.32813.9676.6821631.31.022249.67.9801948.30.935228.4
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.79188.42088.89220.0726.3271544.60.494120.57.7871901.11.398341.2
Delkin Travel Reader94.59488.07186.91814.4816.4021562.91.200292.97.7571893.71.042254.3
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.52689.21089.54814.9356.0391474.41.081263.97.2321765.60.989241.4
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.093.10785.62679.51613.4434.045987.70.896218.64.4101076.70.906221.1
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.25584.45486.0488.6725.8051417.30.809197.57.2571771.60.774188.9
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS390.06180.62962.66421.5826.6171615.41.027250.78.2242007.81.045255.1

In cameras the Transcend 95/85 card performed among the faster cards from the competition. In the Canon 7D Mark II it reached 68.9 MB/s continuous write speed, while in the Nikon D750 it measured 57.2 MB/s write speed. In both cameras it was outperformed by the slightly lower rated Kingston 90/80 UHS-I U3 SD card. The Transcend card is by no means slow; its benchmarks inflated our expectations and its performance was not as consistent as other card with similar ratings, such as the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s.

Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon 80D76.4
Canon 5D Mark IV75.0
Canon Rebel T6i/T6s70.5
Fuji X-Pro270.4
Canon 7D Mark II68.9
Canon 5Ds68.5
Nikon D560066.8
Nikon D50066.7
Nikon D720064.5
Nikon D710063.0
Nikon D550062.8
Nikon D75057.2
Samsung NX155.5
Fuji X-T1054.1
Olympus E-M1 II40.2
Olympus E-M5 II38.5
Olympus PEN-F35.6
Sony A7R II35.2
Pentax K-3 II34.6
Canon 70D34.3
Canon 6D34.0
Sony A600034.0
Sony A630033.9

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5Ds, Canon 6D, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, Nikon D7200, Nikon D7100, Nikon D5600, Nikon D5500, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus E-M5 II, Olympus PEN-F, Pentax K-3 II, Samsung NX1, Sony A7R II, Sony A6000, Sony A6300

Made in Taiwan.

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)22020614
Product Name (PNM)SDU1
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)JE
Manufacture Date (MDT)08/2014
Total capacity32,127,320,064 bytes

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Transcend R95/W85 U3 SD card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Transcend R95/W85 U3 SD32$0.72$31.33$26.52$22.99
Transcend R95/W85 U3 SD64$0.73$46.60$56.99$49.99