Kingston's New UHS-I U3 SDXC Cards Can Write at 80 MB/s

Kingston has announced a new lineup of SD cards, which are rather speedy. They are to be known by the part numbers SDA3/16GB, SDA3/32GB, and SDA3/64GB.

The cards match the SD Association's newest specification, UHS-I  U3, though go well beyond the required performance numbers. Kingston claims that the SD cards can read and write at 90 MB/s and 80 MB/s, respectively. The U3 specification guarantees you at least 30 MB/s for both reading and writing. Of course, to meet these speeds when accessing the cards from your PC, you'll need a USB 3.0 capable card reader.

The 16 GB and 32 GB models are based on the SDHC technology and feature a FAT32 file format. The 64 GB card is an SDXC card, initialized with the exFAT file format.

No word on availability or pricing yet.

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  • Been using the 128GB Sandisk Extreme doing 45MB/s for almost 2 years and love it. 64GB is the least I would go for if any type of HD video is involved but for pictures, 16 or 32GB would be more then enough. 80/90MB/s would be great for 4K video at HQ settings. 45MB/s might be able to handle 4k at medium quality settings. Of course, no one except movie studios and the rich kids have those yet so 80/90MB/s is more then most people would need at this time but its more future proof which is good.
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  • This is nice and all but Kingston (and most other companies) are behind the times. UHS-II cards are already here, like the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC cards.
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    Read speeds: 260 MB/s
    Write speeds: 240 MB/s
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    Not a typo, those are BYTES per second, not BITS per second. They're insanely fast. But they currently cost an arm and a leg at about $185 for a 16GB card and just about double that for a 32GB card, and currently they can only be bought directly from Japan off ebay, but the point is you can still own one RIGHT NOW if cost is no issue.
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    Incidentally you can also get rewritable triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE XL discs off ebay (also from Japan) at similarly exorbitant prices, but again, they ARE available.
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  • I'd just simply like a 128GB MicroSD card :(
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