Kingston Canvas Go Plus 128GB UHS-I microSDXC Card Review

Introduction to Kingston’s Canvas Go Plus 128GB UHS-I microSDXC Card

As a professional content creator, the quality of the storage media I use matters, and nothing is worse than ordering a new SD card, only to find that it actually performs too poorly to use in any of my DSLRs, GoPros, or drones. This happened to me recently, and this leads me down a path searching for actual SD card performance reviews rather than blog-style marketing posts, something I found very little of. So I have decided to take matters into my own hands, and over the next few months, I am going to be releasing a new SD card review every week. This week we are taking a look at Kingston Technology’s Canvas Go Plus Line and will be reviewing the 128GB model. 

Kingston added the Canvas Go! Plus line of Class 10 UHS-1 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 UHD video and burst-mode photography on a DSLR or using with your 4K action cameras and drones. Kingston features the Canvas Go! line in full-size SD as well the microSD format with capacities up to 512GB, and claims fast write times of 90MB/s.

From The Manufacturer : Specifications on the Canvas Go Plus 128GB UHS-I microSDXC Card

Kingston’s Canvas Go! Plus, SD is for the adventurers who are always on the go chasing the perfect moment to capture. With superior transfer speeds of up to 170MB/s1, the Canvas Go! Plus SD card accelerates your workflow and efficiency so that you’ll have more time to take your creativity onto the next adventure. With U3 & V30 speed performance, shoot stunning 4K Ultra-HD videos without worrying about slow speeds and dropped frames or shoot sequential burst-mode photography that’s seamless and consistent. View the world as your canvas and take your creativity and inspiration on the road with the Canvas Go! Plus SD.

  • Capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Standard/Class: Class 10, UHS-I, U3, V30
  • Performance: 170/70MB/s Read/Write (64GB) | 170/90MB/s Read/Write (128GB-512GB)
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Format: exFAT
  • Operating temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Warranty/support: Lifetime

Testing the Canvas Go Plus 128GB UHS-I microSDXC Card

All testing was completed using the following hardware. 

Testing PC Specs

  • 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

Testing Hardware

  • Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Card Reader (Plugged into USB Port 1 on Dell G7)

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, featuring 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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