PNY PRO Elite 1TB MicroSDXC Reviewed

Nowadays, memory cards are cheap and easy to get, and stores offer plenty of options. It’s hard to find the true high-performance models amid so many options. Models don’t always state their true capacity, and there are a lot of fake and imported models making vague claims. None of those things will help you if you need something serious. 

In a professional environment, you need something you can trust when you’re running a high-performance device, like a 4K camera. This is where PNY comes in. We just got our hands on the PNY PRO Elite 1TB MicroSDXC memory card. The brand might not be as famous as SanDisk, but it’s long been associated with technology. 

Features

Part NumberP-SDU1TBV32100PRO-GE
FormatmicroSDXC
InterfaceUHS-I
Speed ClassClass 10, U3
Video Speed ClassV30
App PerformanceA2
Capacity1TB
Read PerformanceUp to 100MB/s
Write PerformanceUp to 90MB/s
CompatibilitySmartphones, tablets, action & surveillance cameras, drones, computers, etc.

It’s also magnet proof, shockproof, temperature proof, waterproof, and comes with a SD adapter. In addition, the card did not come with any software: there was no backup software or security software on the card.

Performance

With a Class 10, U3, V30 rating and an App Performance label (or at least 4000 IOPS Read and 2000 IOPS Write), PNY promises 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds. Using CrystalDiskMark we came close to these numbers (91MB/s and 84MB/s, respectively). However, we don’t know how long it’s going to last, which is important with continuous recording, like dash cams or CCTV in businesses. 

Final Thoughts

We need to be serious about storage these days. From our desktops to our phones, we all rely on digital devices. Protecting your data with storage that won’t let you down is a must. A less high-end MicroSD card from PNY will work just fine if all you need is to expand the storage on your phone or play games on something like a Nintendo Switch. 

However, if you’re using high resolution and/or frame rate cameras on something like a drone or DLSR, the last thing you need is slow storage. It’s rated for A2 App performance on mobile devices, so apps installed directly on the MicroSD card will run faster than ones stored in your phone’s internal storage.

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