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Transcend R:95/W:85 MB/s U3 64GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Transcend U3 95/85 MB/s 64GB SDXC Memory Card

Introduction

The Transcend 95/85 UHS-I U3 is a high-performance Secure Digital memory card. It provides up to 95MB/s read speed and 85MB/s write speed according to Transcend. It also includes the new UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) rating, meaning it can sustain a minimum of 30 MB/s continuous write as required for recoring Ultra HD 4K video. The 95/85 U3 card is available in 32 and 64 GB capacities. The 64 GB SDXC version is reviewed here.

Internally the card has MLC flash memory. This provides the performance necessary for high read and write speed, and also offers more write cycles compared with the less expensive TLC flash memory. The card is also backed by Transcend's limited lifetime warranty.

Performance

To measure performance, the Transcend 95/85 U3 64GB card was run through a variety of SD card readers for benchmark tests. In these sequential read and write tests it exceeded its ratings, reaching 96.8 MB/s read and 89.9 MB/s write speed.

Card: Transcend R95 W85 U3 64GB
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 R95 W85 U3 64GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer97.71588.24286.37413.6964.7651163.41.005245.35.4491330.41.034252.5
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.75988.31689.93220.5476.6541624.51.158282.87.8801923.81.188290.1
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.75087.46289.15920.5916.2511526.11.145279.57.6901877.41.177287.4
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.92788.26489.84323.5676.5161590.71.147280.17.8011904.41.175286.8
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.85788.83289.93229.2996.6511623.71.147279.97.8221909.71.178287.7
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader95.44789.92989.69622.7536.1211494.31.132276.47.2141761.11.159283.0
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black95.33488.66088.50923.1156.0991489.11.075262.67.2521770.41.128275.4
Lexar Professional Workflow SR195.21387.94688.52420.3346.0001465.01.126274.86.9181689.01.150280.7
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.17887.36788.90720.6046.3081540.01.150280.77.6781874.40.949231.8
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF995.16188.12389.17426.1576.0881486.41.151281.07.6611870.31.182288.6
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black95.11887.82888.33425.7424.8801191.51.029251.25.3501306.21.047255.6
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.95481.79288.86220.1136.0571478.81.067260.57.5981854.91.143279.1
Delkin Travel Reader94.82587.99086.78819.6246.4091564.71.150280.77.6641871.21.175286.9
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.79987.13488.64117.0586.2341522.11.153281.57.6321863.40.969236.6
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.34789.10488.62721.9236.0281471.71.068260.67.1881755.01.104269.5
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.092.91886.35279.20320.4973.949964.20.950231.94.2901047.30.968236.3
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.23979.21085.22218.6525.7331399.61.064259.77.2141761.10.922225.2
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS390.22380.33262.58123.1956.4721580.01.151281.07.8041905.21.181288.3

In camera tests, Transcend 95/85 64GB SDXC card exhibited similar performance to the 32GB SDHC version. It was consistently among the fastest UHS-I cards offered by competitors: not quite as fast as the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s, but depending on the camera it was in the mix with the Kingston 90/80MB/s U3, Sony 95MB/s U3, and Samsung PRO. Transcend also offers a similar 95/60 MB/s U3 64GB SDXC card with a slightly lower write speed at a much lower price.

Transcend R95 W85 U3 64GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Nikon D50075.5
Canon 80D75.4
Canon 5D Mark IV74.0
Fuji X-Pro272.4
Canon Rebel T6i/T6s69.5
Canon 5Ds67.9
Nikon D560064.9
Nikon D720064.2
Nikon D550063.7
Nikon D710060.1
Fuji X-T1056.2
Olympus E-M1 II40.6
Olympus PEN-F40.3
Olympus E-M5 II38.9
Pentax K-3 II36.0
Sony A7R II34.9
Sony A600033.6
Sony A630033.3

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

The card is marked Made in Taiwan.

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Transcend R95 W85 U3 64GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)3507540462
Product Name (PNM)SDU1
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)JE
Manufacture Date (MDT)5/2014
Total capacity64,289,243,136 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$0.78$29.99$29.99$24.99
Transcend R95/W85 U3 SD64$0.78$68.99$59.99$49.99