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Transcend 500S UHS-I V30 64GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Transcend 500S V30 64GB SDXC Memory Card

Introduction

Transcend intoduced a new Secure Digital card lineup in March 2018, bringing new model names to their SD cards. The mid-tier Transcend 95/60 MB/s is now called the 500S, and adds the Video Speed Class 30 (V30) to the label. The 500S card offers 95MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds, making it a good value for many uses. The V30 rating means the card can provide at least 30MB/s continuous write performance, an important consideration for 4K HD video cameras. The 500S is available in a wide range of sizes: 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities. The 64GB version TS64GSDC500S with UPC 760557841173 is tested in this review.

Inside the 500S contains MLC flash memory to provide a long lifespan compared with less expensive memory types. The card meets JIS IPX7 standard and will withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) deep for 30 minutes. Its operating range is -13 to 185°F (-25°C to 85°C). The card is made in Taiwan. Transcend backs their SD cards with a 5 year warranty (cards purchased before March 31, 2018 had a lifetime warranty).

Transcend 500S V30 64GB SDXC Memory Card Back

Performance

The Transcend 500S was tested in various USB 3.1 and 3.0 card readers. Its benchmark performance measured up to 97.9 MB/s sequential read speed in card readers. The sequential write speed reached 68.6 MB/s, slightly better than the 60MB/s write speed claim. The bencharks of the 64GB card are very close to the 500S 128GB SDXC card speeds.

Card: Transcend 500S V30 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

Transcend 500S V30 64GB
Card Reader Benchmarks
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QD1
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QD32
Sony S1 High Speed UHS-II Reader/Writer97.87061.78685.8228.1153.976970.70.817199.55.2191274.10.785191.6
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II USB-C Reader97.87058.18685.32111.7144.3521062.60.821200.35.1551258.70.773188.6
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer97.85168.39685.9218.0964.1641016.60.825201.45.3811313.70.792193.4
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II USB-C Reader SDDR-40997.84260.41284.6468.1444.2631040.70.818199.75.1401254.90.768187.4
Delkin Black Rugged Card Reader97.72464.35785.67713.1344.062991.70.625152.65.1821265.00.802195.8
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II96.64368.27188.33425.5325.3491306.00.716174.87.2561771.60.749183.0
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader96.64368.28488.27630.0985.3491306.00.713174.17.2671774.10.763186.4
Verbatim USB-C Pocket Card Reader95.28268.14786.34534.3055.5101345.20.665162.37.2911780.00.747182.4
ProMaster Professional Dual Card Reader SD UHS-II95.09268.32088.24634.3065.1911267.30.711173.57.1711750.80.753183.7
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II95.09267.76888.27627.5315.2091271.70.794193.87.3181786.70.759185.2
Delkin Multi-Card CFast SD UHS-II microSD Reader95.08368.23188.33418.0905.2891291.20.639155.97.1051734.70.754184.1
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader95.05768.32988.24638.3775.2821289.50.707172.77.3201787.10.764186.4
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer95.04068.14788.29031.7035.3451304.90.709173.07.2651773.60.882215.4
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF995.01468.28488.17428.4985.2491281.50.711173.77.1741751.50.766187.1
Delkin Travel Reader94.95468.24986.18927.9625.3601308.50.717175.07.2171762.10.742181.1
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader94.95468.19188.14532.8665.2321277.20.789192.77.2261764.10.730178.3
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader94.92868.33388.21732.6505.2571283.60.713174.27.1771752.10.750183.1
SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/Writer94.89457.48883.6918.5603.929959.20.821200.55.1471256.60.794193.8
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black94.68868.47689.43128.2464.9851216.90.680166.06.7221641.10.722176.2
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader94.65468.61188.02937.7194.9771215.10.780190.46.6861632.40.850207.4
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black94.48368.05887.19237.7254.2141028.90.627153.25.2341277.90.879214.6
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader92.63067.54184.78644.0784.9301203.60.629153.56.8361668.90.849207.4

The Transcend 500S will be included in upcoming digital camera tests. The write speed in cameras will be added to the following table when results are available.

Transcend 500S V30 64GB
Tested in Camera
Write Speed
(MB/s)
Canon EOS R57.8

Cameras tested with this card: Canon EOS R

The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.

Transcend 500S V30 64GB SD — Internal Card Information
Serial number (PSN)1076593999
Product Name (PNM)SDU1
Product Revision2.0
Manufacturer ID (MID)0x000074
OEM ID (OID)J`
Manufacture Date (MDT)04/2018
Total capacity64,826,114,048 bytes

The internal card register contains information about the SD card. The 500S card register shows a production date of April 2018. The OEM ID J` is similar to other SD cards produced by Transcend.

Available sizes and prices

Compare prices on the Transcend 500S card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.

CardSize
GB
Lowest
$ / GB
Prices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
Transcend 500S 8GB8$1.00Check price$7.99
Transcend 500S 16GB16$0.53$9.99Check price$8.49
Transcend 500S V30 32GB32$0.45$14.49Check price$16.99
Transcend 500S V30 64GB64$0.43$27.49Check price$29.99
Transcend 500S V30 128GB128$0.37$47.75Check price$55.99
Transcend 500S V30 256GB256$0.46$117.99Check price