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Review: PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

Today, we have another of PNY’s microSD card available for testing, full thanks to Jonathan for loaning us his new card for testing. In today’s benchmark, we will be pitting up its Elite edition of the 128GB variant of the card. As noted in past tests, the 128GB and 200GB microSD card’s performance is totally different compared with its lower capacity of the 64GB card, so this is a mark of performance of the 128GB variant and not the whole PNY Elite series!

We have taken a look at quite a handful of cards already, such as the Memorette EXpert, SanDisk Ultra, Samsung Evo as well as the Lexar variant of the 128GB cards.

The PNY Elite is PNY’s third highest tier card series (with Elite-X and Pro Elite taking the upper 2 spots), second highest for the 128GB variant (Elite-X being their top-tier 128GB card).

On the specification sheet, the PNY Elite is rated to be capable of up to 85MB/s on READ speed, no mention of the write, however, but let is test that right out, and to see if it lives up to its specifications.

The card, as with most cards do, comes with a microSD to SD adapter. The card’s front side comes designed with a lime-green top with the company name in black, whilst the bottom has a grey background. The capacity and details are etched in white at the bottom.

On the reverse, the card has the model and serial number etched with laser. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the country of manufacturing on the card nor the packaging or product details at all.

Benchmark Test

Our first test here is the h2testw:

H2testW for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

Next, we will run the CrystalDiskMark in various capacities. The first capacity we run it on was 4000MB or 4GB. The result can be seen below:
CrystalDiskMark Test 1 for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

Next we run the second capacity which is the smallest or 50MB:
CrystalDiskMark Test 2 for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

Lastly, we run the third capacity test, which tests it on the middle available volume 5 times and taking its average – 5 x 1000MB:
CrystalDiskMark Test 3 for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

And when compiled into graphs:
Compiled Benchmark Graph for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card
Random Read Graph for PNY Elite 128GB MicroSDXC Card

Overall, the speed whilst does read up to 80MB/s for most part of the time, overall, it is mostly below that. Furthermore, the speed has been rather inconstant especially in the write. Looking at the random speed, however, like most of the other 128GB’s, this is definitely going to be a throttle on mobile devices. Hence again, we do strongly advise against using this in mobile devices. With pricing around less than $50, and a lifetime warranty, however, this is good enough for budget hunters.

Spoiler Inside: Updated CrystalDiskMark Tests SelectShow

Note: Special thanks again to Jonathan for kindly loaning us the card for this review. Without which, this review would not have been possible.

Model reviewed: P-SDU128U185EL-GE

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