Introduction to Kingston’s Canvas React Plus 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Kit
We’re back again this week with another SD Card review, and this time we’re taking a look at a UHS-II card and USB 3.2 microSD UHS-II compatible card reader combo pack from Kingston. I like combo kits like this as it allows me to toss the extra USB microSD reader in a spare backpack, camera bag, or drone case, ensuring that I always have a card reader handy in the event I need to dump footage on the go.
Kingston added the Canvas React Plus line of Class 10 UHS-II V90 U3 SD Cards back in March of 2020 with the mobile media creator in mind. This new line of SD cards is ideal for shooting 4K/8K UHD video and burst-mode photography on a DSLR or with 4K/8K action cameras and drones. Kingston features the Canvas React Plus line in full-size SD and the microSD format with capacities up to 512GB and claims fast write times of 300MB/s.
From The Manufacturer: The Canvas React Plus 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Kit
Kingston’s Canvas React Plus SD card delivers high-performance speeds designed to work with industry-standard professional cameras for creatives that shoot 4K/8K videos and high-resolution photos. Designed with the latest UHS-II standards and top-of-the-line U3 and V90 speed classes, the Canvas React Plus SD enables you to shoot sequential burst-mode shots with recording speeds of up to 260MB/s. Execute your creativity without experiencing slow speeds and dropped frames while maximizing your workflow and efficiency with the included MobileLite Plus UHS-II SD Reader. With transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s, enhance your post-production process, and handle heavy workloads with ease while capturing cinematic quality in high-resolutions.
- Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Standard/Class: Class 10, UHS-II, U3, V90
- Performance: 300/260MB/s Read/Write
- Card Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
- Reader Dimensions: 51.8mm x 33.5mm x 9mm
- Format: FAT32 (32GB), exFAT (64GB-256GB)
- Operating temperature: -25°C~85°C
- Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
- Voltage: 3.3V
- Warranty/Support: Card Lifetime, Reader 2-year
Testing the Canvas React Plus 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Card
All testing was completed using the following hardware:
- Dell G7 7588 Gaming Laptop
- Intel Core i7 8750H
- SK Hynix 16GB (2x8GB) 2666Mhz DDR4
- Nvidia GeForce 1060 Max-Q
- Windows 10
- USB Port 1 (USB 3.1) used for Testing
- Kingston MobileLite Plus USB 3.2 MicroSDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card Reader (Included with SD Card) – Kingston’s MobileLite Plus microSD Reader features USB 3.2 Gen 1 speeds along with maximum performance for UHS-II supported microSD cards and backwards-compatible for UHS-I supported microSD cards.
All storage media is fully formatted using Window’s built-in formatting tools and verified to be empty before each benchmark is run. We only run benchmarks once unless the returned results appear to be erroneous, at which time we reformat the storage media and rerun the benchmark.
Crystal Disk Mark (CDM) – An open-source disk drive benchmark tool for Microsoft Windows. Based on Microsoft’s MIT-licensed Diskspd tool, this graphical benchmark is commonly used for testing the performance of solid-state storage. It works by reading and writing through the filesystem in a volume-dependent way.
Anvil Storage Utilities (ASU) – Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a freeware SSD benchmarking application: Endurance and benchmark testing tool for analyzing the performance of both solid-state and traditional hard disk drives. ASU test throughput as well as IOPS and Disk Access Times. It features a preset SSD benchmark and is also capable of performing endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write, and mixed tests.
ATTO Disk Benchmark (ATTO) – Is a robust hard disk and solid-state storage benchmarking tool. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement, including queue depth, overlapped I/O, and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. ATTO Disk Benchmark can be used to test any RAID controller, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives, and SSD drives, or another solid-state storage medium that interfaces as a drive in your system.
Kingston Canvas React Plus 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Benchmarks: Included USB 3.0 microSD Reader
Crystal Disk Mark
The Kingston Canvas React Plus 64GB microSD card managed 273.27 MB/s read, and 266.30 MB/s on the SEQ1M Q8T1 test simulates 8 sequential operations at once utilizing a single thread. This simulates moving large files such as photos or videos from the card to a PC, saving a burst of photos from your DSLR to the card, or writing a continuous video file.
The Canvas React Plus 64GB microSD card was a bit slower at the random RND4k Q32T16 test with just 11.83MB/s read, and 4.18MB/s write. This test simulates 32 random operations at once across 16 threads. This test indicates the performance during operations such as reading or writing to and from a database, as one might expect if using the SD card with a single-board-computer such as the Raspberry Pi.
Anvil Storage Utilities
I ran Anvil’s SSD Benchmark at 100%-Fill, and the results were close but were a little slower than the Crystal Disk Mark scores. Sequential 4MB file operations averaged 241.50MB/s while sequential write operations averaged 212.80MB/s.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO reported the slowest results of our testing but were closer to Anvil’s results than what Crystal Disk Mark reported. 4MB sequential read speeds averaging 247.94MB/s and write speeds averaged 223.58MB/s.
Final Thoughts on Kingston’s Canvas React Plus 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Kit
Kingston’s Canvas React Plus 64GB microSD card performed well across all of the benchmarks performed, averaging 254.24MB/s read speeds and 220.89MB/s write speeds. Kingston claims this card is capable of read speeds up to 285MB/s, which is very close to the average read speed reported in our testing, and just over 10MB/s faster than Crystal Disk Mark reported.
Data-based benchmarks are great, but how does that relate to real-world usage? The best test I could come up with to test everyday performance that would actually impact my life was to test if the card could keep up with my Canon EOS 80D DSLR in burst mode. With the card freshly formatted in the DSLR, I was able to continuously take photos in burst mode without hitting the camera’s buffer limit. This means that the card was able to accept data from the camera’s data buffer faster than the camera could write new data to the buffer.
Overall the Kingston Canvas React Plus 64GB card performed exceptionally well and was quite impressive for such a large-capacity card. Retailing at under $60 (at time of publication), this 64GB kit is a great value for anyone looking to add another high-capacity UHS-II microSD as well as a USB 3.2 UHS-II compatible microSD reader. This combo seriously impressed me with its performance. For that reason, I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a high-quality, high-capacity SD card for their DSLR, action camera, or drone.
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