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Sony G-Series XQD 2.0 Card 64GB Review

Sony G-Series XQD 64GB Memory Card

Introduction

Sony G-Series XQD cards feature a new XQD Format Version 2 interface for improved performance. The controller supports PCI Express Generation 2 as well as USB 3.0. Sony G-Series cards offer up to 400 MB/s read and 350 MB/s write speeds. The card includes a USB 3.0 adapter. G-Series cards are supported by Nikon D4, D4S and D5 DSLR cameras in addition to Sony video cameras including FDR-AX1 Consumer Handycam 4K, PXW-Z100 Professional 4K Camcorder and PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 4K / 2K / FS RAW Camcorder. Sony G-Series XQD cards are available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities. The 64GB card (QDG64A/J) is tested in this review.

Sony G-Series XQD 64GB Memory Card Back Sony G-Series XQD Memory Card Reader USB 3.0 Adapter

Performance

Read and write speeds were evaluated in various XQD card readers. In the included USB Adapter the Sony G Series measured 347.2 MB/s read and 254.5 MB/s write using ATTO disk benchmark. In the Lexar XR2 Reader it measured 344.2 MB/s read and 246.1 MB/s write. These speeds were limited by the card readers.

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
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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 G-Series XQD cards will be included in upcoming camera memory card speed tests. Results of this card in the Nikon D5 are shown below. Results for additional cameras will be added 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 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 XQD32$2.03$237.40Check price$64.95
Sony G-Series XQD64$3.12$199.99Check priceCheck price
Sony G-Series XQD128$1.33$199.99Check price$169.95