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DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader Review

DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader

Introduction

The DriverGenius UHS-II SD Card Reader (model U3CR08-DG) is a compact single-slot SD card reader that works with UHS-II, UHS-I and non-UHS Secure Digital cards.

The DriverGenius reader has a plastic body and includes a cover for the USB connector. The Type-A male USB connector is sits close to the body of the reader and may block adjacent USB ports. SD cards insert deep into the reader and in a somewhat counterintuitive fashion, the contacts of the SD card must face up, rather than label side up. The reader has a blue LED indicator light that is on steady when a card is present and blinks when the card is accessed.

DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader with SD card

The DriverGenius card reader is compatible with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and MacOS 10.6-10.14. The reader is made in China.

Performance

In benchmark tests the DriverGenius card reader performed up to 256.3 MB/s sequential read speed and 229.0 Sequential write speed. UHS-I card speeds peaked at 97.4 MB/s sequential read and 91.3 MB/s sequential write.

Some microSD cards did not perform up to expected read speed. These include PNY Elite microSDXC, the Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 64GB and Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 128GB. Additionally, the reader failed to work with Patriot EP Series V30 A1 microSDXC 128GB and Toshiba FlashAir W-04 64GB cards.

The DriverGenius does not have a microSD slot. Benchmark tests of microSD cards were performed using a microSD to SD adapter, and UHS-II microSD cards used a UHS-II compatible microSD adapter.

Reader: DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600

DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader
Card Benchmarks
TypeSequential
Read
(MB/s)
Sequential
Write
(MB/s)
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD256.344202.116
Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 64GBSD246.029225.622
Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II 32GBSD245.281213.429
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev E 32GBSD243.940228.423
Transcend 700S UHS-II V90 64GBSD243.628201.031
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 64GBSD243.092228.997
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD242.586219.804
Delkin Power UHS-II V90 128GBSD242.137214.039
Delkin Power 2000x UHS-II V90 64GBSD240.582209.841
Angelbird AV Pro V90 64GBSD240.527221.172
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev B 128GBSD240.444202.702
Sony Tough UHS-II 64GBSD240.334219.505
AData Premier One UHS-II V90 256GBSD240.169212.370
Adata Premier One UHS-II V90 64GBSD239.729221.944
ProGrade 250MB/s UHS-II V90 64GBSD239.702221.476
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 128GBSD239.483219.161
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev E 64GBSD239.264222.769
Hoodman Steel UHS-II 64GBSD239.155174.472
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD238.910199.805
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GBSD238.611170.778
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 32GBSD238.530224.294
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 128GBmicroSD238.475211.002
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 64GBSD238.340171.954
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 64GBSD238.204215.203
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 64GBSD238.204209.506
Verbatim Pro II Plus UHS-II V90 64GBSD236.752214.477
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 275MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD236.619106.088
Integral UltimaProX2 UHS-II V90 64GBSD236.405214.039
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 128GBSD236.246198.669
Sony M Series UHS-II 32GBSD235.900114.461
Sony M Series UHS-II 128GBSD235.68893.456
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 64GBmicroSD233.406106.769
Delkin Prime UHS-II V60 64GBSD233.27693.564
SanDisk Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD232.810191.748
Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GBSD232.08949.729
Sony M Series UHS-II 64GBSD232.03794.017
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev C 64GBSD166.38889.362
ProGrade 200MB/s UHS-II V60 64GBSD166.282108.515
Angelbird AV Pro V60 64GBSD165.678108.966
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 256GBSD156.17892.614
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev C 128GBSD154.81788.570
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32GBSD154.36172.521
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev B 32GBSD154.22585.001
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 128GBSD152.01284.027
Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD151.22252.023
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II microSD 128GBmicroSD142.18058.935
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II microSD 64GBmicroSD138.71952.897
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 64GBSD136.37482.715
AgfaPhoto Professional 64GBSD97.37091.347
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD97.09963.604
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD97.09089.248
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD97.09066.737
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD97.05470.659
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 64GBmicroSD97.04520.841
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD97.03689.791
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD97.02790.809
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.90289.203
SanDisk Extreme 150MB 256GBSD96.84887.630
SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 microSDXC 400GBmicroSD96.82187.265
Kingston Canvas React V30 128GBSD96.77781.128
Kingston Canvas React V30 256GBSD96.72380.505
Kingston Canvas React V30 64GBSD96.69681.589
Kingston Canvas Go! V30 256GBSD96.69680.271
SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 microSDXC 256GBmicroSD96.56387.990
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.42190.061
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.42163.175
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 64GBSD96.40386.925
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.40365.647
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.39489.408
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD96.39453.103
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.39471.124
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 128GBSD96.39489.691
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 128GBSD96.38565.741
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.37671.143
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.36870.219
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 256GBSD96.35988.517
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.35090.465
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.34154.353
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.29788.652
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.29789.499
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 128GBSD96.28837.500
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 128GBmicroSD96.27947.299
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 256GBSD96.23574.146
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 32GB Card 2SD96.23520.911
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.22690.030
Kingston Canvas Go! V30 64GBSD96.22682.624
SanDisk Ultra Plus V10 A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.20062.486
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 128GBSD96.13887.389
SanDisk Extreme 150MB/s 64GBSD96.10366.788
SanDisk Extreme 160MB/s V30 A2 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.09486.983
SanDisk Extreme Plus 150MB/s 64GBSD96.06786.795
SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A2 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.06787.280
SanDisk Extreme 150MB/s 128GBSD96.05086.889
SanDisk Extreme Plus 150MB/s 128GBSD96.03286.803
PNY Elite Performance U1 32GBSD95.96238.352
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 256GBSD95.95387.163
PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GBmicroSD95.85776.813
Verbatim Pro Plus V30 64GBSD95.60382.222
Polaroid Extreme Performance 95/90 MB/s 64GBSD95.59482.624
Toshiba Exceria Pro N401 95/75 MB/s 128GBSD95.53476.055
Sony Ultra-High Durability Professional 64GBSD95.52575.000
Lexar Professional 633x U1 64GBSD95.36827.349
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 256GBmicroSD95.36087.156
PNY Elite-X microSDXC 64GBmicroSD95.31670.678
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GBSD95.27365.713
Transcend 500S V30 64GBSD95.26467.087
Transcend 600x 128GBSD95.25668.085
Silicon Power Superior Pro 128GBSD95.24765.178
Lexar Professional 633x U3 256GBSD95.23067.441
Transcend 500S 64GB Card 2SD95.18767.821
Sony 95MB/s U3 32GBSD95.15285.928
Sony 95MB/s U3 64GBSD95.14386.005
PNY Elite Performance U3 256GBSD95.12654.514
Transcend 500S V30 128GBSD95.04067.126
Delkin Black 32GBSD94.85978.817
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.75787.200
Delkin Elite 633x 32GBSD94.71475.226
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.71425.908
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 32GBSD93.62342.611
Kingston Canvas Select 64GBSD92.32924.142
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 128GBmicroSD92.00584.352
SanDisk Ultra 90MB/s microSD 200GBmicroSD90.59020.196
Kingston Class 10 256GBSD89.95247.227
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXCmicroSD82.87222.861
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 128GBmicroSD82.46821.726
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 64GBSD82.26719.397
Hama Memory Pro 4K 64GBSD71.43438.575
Lexar Professional 633x U1 128GBSD70.89328.058
PNY Elite Performance U3 64GBSD70.71157.703
PNY Pro Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD70.56848.816
Lexar Professional 633x U1 32GBSD68.81317.878
PNY Elite microSDXC 128GBmicroSD48.08224.111
PNY Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD48.05832.009
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 64GBmicroSD48.05428.025
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 128GBmicroSD48.02721.478
Patriot EP Series V30 A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD0.0000.000
Toshiba FlashAir W-04 64GBSD0.0000.000

Compare prices on the card reader. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below.

Card ReaderConnectionModel NumberPrices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
DriverGenius USB 3.1(G1) / 3.0 UHS-II SD Card ReaderUSB U3CR08-DG$25.99