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Sony G-Series XQD 2.0 Card 64GB Review

Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD 64GB Memory Card

Introduction

Sony's updated G-Series XQD cards now feature 440MB/s read and 400 MB/s write speeds. Previous cards offered up to 400 MB/s read and 350 MB/s write speeds. The new cards offer improved performance in Nikon D5 and D500 DSLR cameras. Sony G-Series XQD cards are available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities. The 64GB capacity version of the updated G-Series card (QD-G64E) is reviewed here.

Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD 64GB Memory Card Package

Performance

Read and write speeds were evaluated in various USB 3.0 card readers. In the Sony XQD USB Adapter it benchmarked at 356.3 MB/s read and 221.8 MB/s write using ATTO disk benchmark. Results using CrystalDiskMark are shown in the table below. The read and write speeds are limited by the card reader.

Card: Sony G-Series XQD 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

Sony G-Series XQD 64GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
Seq.
Read
1000MB
MB/s
Seq.
Write
1000MB
MB/s
Rand.
Read
512KB
MB/s
Rand.
Write
512KB
MB/s
Rand.
Read
4KB
MB/s
QD1
Rand.
Read
4KB
IOPS
QD1
Rand.
Write
4KB
MB/s
QD1
Rand.
Write
4KB
IOPS
QD1
Rand.
Read
4KB
MB/s
QD32
Rand.
Read
4KB
IOPS
QD32
Rand.
Write
4KB
MB/s
QD32
Rand.
Write
4KB
IOPS
QD32
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader315.598130.177311.6823.57312.0012929.90.0286.913.5273302.50.04110.0
Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader274.856152.898270.9273.19214.2753485.20.0297.217.0834170.70.0379.1
Lexar XR2 XQD 2.0 Card Reader262.735146.388261.8393.39514.6843585.10.0276.616.9414135.90.0368.8
Sony XQD USB Adapter261.784147.979263.9363.30214.6023565.00.0276.717.1394184.40.0389.3
Sony MRW-E80 XQD 1.0 Card Reader191.573105.236190.1113.2449.9182421.40.0286.911.0622700.60.0399.4

The updated G-Series XQD card will be included in camera speed tests. Results from write speed tests in cameras will be added to the table below when available.

Sony G-Series XQD 64GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Nikon D500280.2
Nikon D5273.9

Cameras tested with this card: Nikon D5, Nikon D500

Sony G-Series XQD cards purchased in the USA have a 5-year limited warranty. The card is made in Japan.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD32$1.84$74.95$74.95$58.99
Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD64$1.48$149.99$108.49$94.60
Sony G-Series 440MB/s XQD128$1.24$202.99$189.95$159.00