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Kingston Canvas React UHS-I U3 V30 256GB SDXC Memory Card SDR/256GB Review

Kingston Canvas React UHS-I U3 V30 256GB SDXC Memory Card Front

Introduction

Kingston has re-branded their Secure Digital card line by naming their cards Canvas. The new lineup includes Canvas Select, Canvas Go! and Canvas React. The Canvas React are the highest performing cards, featuring UHS-I Speed Class 3 and V30 ratings for shooting continuous photography bursts and 4K video. Canvas React memory cards are advertised to allow up to 100 MB/s read speed and 80MB/s write speed.

UHS Speed Class 3 rating (U3) and V30 Video Speed Class designation guarantee the card can sustain at least 30MB/s continuous write performance for recording 4K video. The card carries the additional label A1 which means the card meets Application Performance Class 1 performance levels. All A1 cards must be able to perform at least 1,500 input-output operations (IOPS) random read and 500 IOPS random write. The Kingston Canvas React cards are offered in 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities and are covered by Kingston's lifetime guarantee. The 256GB SDXC card SDR/256GB with UPC 740617275933 is tested in this review. The card is made in Taiwan.

Kingston Canvas React UHS-I U3 V30 256GB SDXC Memory Card Back

Performance

The Canvas React 256GB card was tested in USB 3.1 and 3.0 card readers. Benchmark results show the raw performance potential of the card. The 256GB card nearly met its 100MB/s read speed rating with a maximum sequential read of 99.6 MB/s . In benchmark tests the maximum sequential write speed observed was 82.4 MB/s. This is slightly above the 80MB/s promised by Kingston.

The Canvas React is most similar to the previous Kingston 90/80MB/s card. The Canvas 256GB card exhibits a slightly lower sequential write speed compared with the Kingston 90/80MB/s 256GB SDXC card tested, however the Canvas is significantly faster at 512K random write, reaching 44.5 MB/s compared with only 1.1 MB/s of the previous card.

Card: Kingston Canvas React V30 256GB
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

Kingston Canvas React V30 256GB
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Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II99.63781.15386.47344.5265.6921389.76.5631602.47.1281740.36.5911609.2
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader99.63781.14786.34544.4315.6761385.76.5621602.17.1271740.06.5751605.2
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer99.27880.69181.21843.8034.7951170.63.750915.55.9811460.24.1541014.1
Sony S1 High Speed UHS-II Reader/Writer99.26980.91582.18843.7754.7091149.83.656892.55.9571454.44.063991.9
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II USB-C Reader99.25981.65881.52743.8385.1011245.43.876946.35.9481452.24.1101003.3
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II USB-C Reader SDDR-40999.22281.22280.75243.8104.8161175.73.779922.66.0541478.14.093999.3
Delkin Black Rugged Card Reader99.15680.54281.97543.6324.6421133.33.758917.45.7901413.54.2001025.5
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer97.99881.75486.47344.5115.7221397.06.5461598.17.1071735.06.5711604.2
ProMaster Professional Dual Card Reader SD UHS-II97.99881.38686.27444.2585.7121394.56.5361595.77.1651749.26.5971610.5
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader97.97081.72286.35944.2725.6821387.26.5451597.97.1321741.36.5881608.4
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II97.96181.66586.71744.2225.6871388.36.5491599.07.1441744.26.5861607.8
Delkin Multi-Card CFast SD UHS-II microSD Reader97.91581.68486.38844.4895.6551380.76.5711604.27.1601748.06.5321594.8
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader97.90681.52586.11843.3655.6871388.35.1611260.07.0141712.45.8391425.6
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF997.89781.52586.34544.2585.7121394.56.5361595.77.1021734.06.5771605.7
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader97.87081.68486.20344.1865.7351400.06.5291593.97.1101735.86.5701604.1
Delkin Travel Reader97.75181.66581.75743.7895.7151395.26.5641602.67.1421743.66.5901608.9
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black96.69674.23074.50242.0375.5241348.54.7121150.36.8211665.35.4061319.8
Verbatim USB-C Pocket Card Reader96.68881.48780.00443.9235.7211396.85.0051222.06.9581698.85.3251300.0
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader96.58182.40981.86644.2875.6361375.94.7331155.46.8631675.65.4481330.0
SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/Writer96.19178.69881.29843.2514.6841143.63.684899.35.7871412.94.044987.3
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black96.08581.24781.27244.1084.9751214.53.867944.15.8551429.44.1261007.3
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader93.78278.93578.98243.2875.6051368.44.6211128.26.8851680.95.5341351.0

The Kingston Canvas React will be included in future camera tests to evaluate its write speed. Camera write speed results will be added to the following table when available.

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The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Kingston Canvas React V30 256GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)1974993246
Product Name (PNM)SD256
Product Revision5.1
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000041
OEM ID (OID)42
Manufacture Date (MDT)02/2018
Total capacity249,342,984,192 bytes

The internal card data indicates that the card was manufactured February, 2018. The Manufacturer ID and OEM ID are consistent with other cards offered by Kingston.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Kingston Canvas React card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

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Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Kingston Canvas React V30 32GB32$0.47$14.99$14.99$18.44
Kingston Canvas React V30 64GB64$0.36$22.99$22.99$29.40
Kingston Canvas React V30 128GB128$0.28$38.99$35.95$35.95
Kingston Canvas React V30 256GB256$0.28$71.95$71.95$109.99