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Kingston Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card Review

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Introduction to Kingston’s Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card

We’re back with week 4 of my 2020 SD Card review series, and this time we’re taking a look at another high-capacity UHS-I full-sized card from Kingston.

Kingston added the Canvas Select Plus line of Class 10 UHS-I SD Cards back in March of 2020 with the mobile creative 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 action cameras and drones. Kingston features the Canvas Select Plus line in full-size SD as well the microSD format with capacities up to 512GB, and claims fast write times of up to 100MB/s.

From The Manufacturer: Specifications on the Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card

Kingston’s Canvas Select Plus SD card is designed with exceptional performance, speed, and durability for heavy workloads such as transferring and developing high-resolution photos or capturing and editing full HD videos. It can reach Class 10 UHS-I speeds up to 100MB/s1 for easy storage and quick transfers along with an advanced UHS-I interface that can record cinematic Full HD and 4K Ultra HD videos. The Canvas Select Plus SD card is built to perform in the harshest environments and conditions so you can take it anywhere knowing your files, photos, and videos are protected. Available in multiple capacities up to 512GB2 and with a lifetime warranty.

Specifications
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Standard/Class: Class 10, UHS-II, U3, V90
  • Performance: 100 MB/s Read/Write
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm (SD)
  • Format: FAT32 (32GB) | exFAT (64GB-256GB)
  • Operating temperature: -25°C~85°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating Voltage: 3.3V
  • Warranty/Support: Lifetime

Testing the Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card

All testing was completed using the following hardware:

Testing PC
  • 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
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Testing Hardware: Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Card Reader

Kingston’s USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader reads all major card format types and supports UHS-I and UHS-II SD card speeds, making it ideal for photographers, videographers, design studios, and printing houses. This versatile reader lets you easily transfer photos, videos, music, and other data between your favorite cards and your PC. Features USB 3.0 high-speed performance with up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed, up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

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.

Testing Software

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.

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Kingston Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card Benchmarks

Crystal Disk Mark

The Kingston Canvas Select Plus 128GB SD card managed to hit 94.78MB/s read speed, and 88.30MB/s write speeds on the SEQ1M Q8T1 test which 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 to the card. 94.87MB/S read speed is very close to the 100MB/s read speed advertised by Kingston and is right on the money for what I expected from this card.

The Canvas Select Plus 128GB SD card continued to impress with the random RND4k Q32T16 test with a 14.20MB/s read score, but a 1.61MB/s write score was a bit of a letdown. This test simulates 32 random operations at once across 16 threads and 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. Again, the Canvas Select Plus managed to score close to its 100MB/s advertised read speeds with Sequential 4MB file read operations averaged to 89.82MB/s, while sequential write operations averaged to 84.13MB/s.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO’s results were in line with both Crystal Disk Mark and Anvil, with ATTO and Anvil’s results being almost identical at 89.98MB/s read. The results are still about 10MB/s off from the advertised speeds, but that could be due to any number of factors, and at the end of the day, 10MB/s is not that big of a deal when used with most modern cameras and mobile devices. ATTO’s 4MB sequential read speed result’s averaging to 251.60MB/s and write speeds averaged to 85.48MB/s.

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Final Thoughts on Kingston’s Canvas Select Plus 128GB SDXC Card

Kingston’s Canvas Select Plus 128GB SD card was a solid performer for a UHS-1 card across all of the benchmarks we performed, averaging 91.47MB/s read speeds and 86.12MB/s write speeds. Kingston claims this card is capable of read speeds up to 1000MB/s, which is close to the average read speed reported in our testing at just under 9MB/s slower on average.

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 Select Plus 128GB SD card performed as I expected, and I was quite satisfied with my testing results. Retailing at under $25 (at time of publication), this 128GB kit is an amazing value for anyone looking to add another high-capacity UHS-I SD card to their kit. This SD card performed well and lived up to its marketing hype, so 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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