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Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GB SDHC Card Review

Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 285MB/s Read 180MB/s Write 32GB SDHC Card

The Transcend Ultimate UHS-II 32GB SDHC card offers 285MB/s read and 180MB/s write performance. It is rated UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) making it suitable for 4K video recording. Transcend Ultimate UHS-II cards are available in 32 and 64 GB capacities. This review covers the 32 GB SDHC version (TS32GSD2U3), while the 64GB version was previously tested.

The UHS-II interface offers up to three times the speed of the fastest UHS-I cards, and even better all UHS-II cards are backwards compatible. They offer legacy support for UHS-I and standard SD devices, however the high speed will only be experienced in devices that have UHS-II support. In UHS-I mode this card supports SDR104 with a bus speed of 104MB/s, whereas the UHS-II interface operates at up to 312MB/s bus speed (HD312).

Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 285MB/s Read 180MB/s Write 32GB SDHC Card Back

Outside, the Ultimate UHS-II card has an matte black label with gold accents. Inside the card is NAND flash memory of the multi-level cell (MLC) variety to provide the performance and durability necessary for the most demanding applications. The card tested is made in Taiwan. Transcend Ultimate SD cards have a limited lifetime warranty.

Performance

In benchmark tests, this Transcend UHS-II 32GB card performed very similar to the 64GB capacity version previously tested. A maximum sequential read speed of 296.3 MB/s and write speed of 186.3 MB/s surpass the advertised ratings. Curiously, the card's read performance was not nearly as good in the Transcend RDF9 UHS-II card reader, reaching only 245.4 MB/s.

Performance in UHS-I devices was tested in UHS-I card readers, where the Ultimate UHS-II card measured up to 93.2MB/s sequential read and 91.2MB/s sequential write speeds.

Card: Transcend Ultimate UHS-II 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 Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GB
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Delkin Black Rugged Card Reader307.050183.269237.5983.13310.9682677.72.794682.211.9662921.33.084752.9
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader296.333181.697239.1062.83912.8223130.53.881947.514.4233521.23.557868.4
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II295.623182.663240.3312.44412.7413110.73.769920.114.5563553.83.084753.0
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II USB-C Reader283.706178.984224.8443.32218.0774413.42.869700.515.3903757.42.438595.2
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer281.648181.745224.0992.95018.0284401.52.924713.815.3643750.92.498609.9
Sony S1 High Speed UHS-II Reader/Writer276.268177.409216.8862.55217.4024248.52.806685.114.0673434.43.214784.6
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader265.328186.264200.0442.90616.8104103.93.300805.715.9463893.03.597878.3
Delkin Multi-Card CFast SD UHS-II microSD Reader249.899175.069196.2063.00219.6614800.02.967724.314.6123567.53.204782.3
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9245.424178.953199.5473.05716.1863951.62.982728.016.5854049.03.382825.7
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader244.651178.314197.1862.69017.1414184.72.988729.415.5373793.23.557868.4
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader243.827178.344194.1493.06317.2264205.62.807685.216.1203935.73.022737.8
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II239.346175.832196.8583.22417.6954320.03.164772.616.1543943.83.313808.9
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader236.592173.980221.1742.52512.2252984.72.671652.112.9063150.83.255794.7
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer236.405179.228194.9542.79816.9354134.52.954721.316.0813925.92.974726.1
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black93.16591.16590.3051.11010.8722654.31.937472.910.1362474.72.033496.2
Delkin Travel Reader92.87790.11587.7831.20212.9333157.52.093511.010.3042515.71.411344.5
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader92.65590.64589.7251.30610.7722629.92.115516.56.7951659.02.045499.3
Lexar Professional Workflow SR192.54089.62288.5681.43910.2862511.22.023493.98.7492136.01.247304.5
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader92.41891.07089.8581.69510.6132591.01.906465.310.5542576.81.856453.0
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black92.40289.00688.7001.4417.6851876.11.766431.16.1201494.11.816443.4
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.090.33287.83579.1901.6655.8171420.11.642400.94.7991171.71.686411.6
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS387.09180.05061.8531.52912.3883024.42.077507.111.9102907.72.000488.2

In the Fuji X-T10, the card operates in UHS-I mode and averaged 55.1 MB/s write speed. Additional cameras will be added to the results in the table below when they are tested with the card.

Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Olympus E-M1 II140.2
Nikon D500135.4
Sony A9135.1
Fuji X-Pro2102.2
Panasonic GH584.5
Canon 77D78.8
Canon Rebel T7i78.8
Canon 80D78.8
Nikon D750078.5
Canon 5D Mark IV76.9
Nikon D560075.5
Olympus PEN-F69.7
Fuji X-T1055.1
Sony A630034.5

Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 77D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T7i, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D7500, Nikon D5600, Olympus E-M1 II, Olympus PEN-F, Panasonic GH5, Sony A9, Sony A6300

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)536870912
Product Name (PNM)SD2U3
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)J`
Manufacture Date (MDT)09/2015
Total capacity31,221,350,400 bytes

Available sizes and prices

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Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U332$1.72$54.99$54.99
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