Transcend U3 SD Memory Card Review

Transcend U3 SD Memory Card ReviewTranscend is one of the better memory card brands when it comes to performance. They’re UHS-I cards aren’t quite as fast as what you can get from Sandisk, Kingston and Delkin, but they are all around decent cards, and Transcend is a very reliable brand that has been making memory cards for a very long time. They also have a wide range of cards that run at different speeds for different applications. I only use and test the fastest Transcend cards.


Transcend U3 UHS-I Memory Card Sizes

There has been a few different versions of this card that runs at different speeds. There is the R95 W85MB/s version and the R95 W60MB/s version.

I’ve done tests with both versions and have adapted the newest and fastest versions for all my current and future tests. So any camera 2017 or newer will be tested with the latest card.

The slower older cards have one advantage, they can be found in a wider range of sizes.

Memory Card Name16GB32GB64GB128GB256GB
Transcend Memory Card -NewAmazonAmazon
Transcend Memory Card – OldAmazonAmazonAmazon


Real World Memory Card Performance

Between the two cards the older and the newer you can see there is a significant difference with write speed. However, read speeds are the same. With in-camera memory card speed tests, performance in the new card is noticeably faster, although I never test them side-by-side and am just making a general comparison based on historic test data. Expect the older card to run about 20MB/s slower in a camera like the Canon 7D II (which I tested with the old card)

Memory Card NameUSB 3.0 ReadUSB 3.0 Write
Transcend SD Memory Card – New96.7 MB/s84.9 MB/s
Transcend SD Memory Card – Old96.7 MB/s68.4 MB/s




Speed Class: Class 10 / U3

UHS-I devices



Limited Lifetime Warranty