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Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Review

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Review

Samsung adds to its EVO Plus portfolio with new capacities including the 128GB microSDXC memory card that we are looking at today.

@TylerBernath
Published Fri, May 19 2017 12:51 PM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Samsung
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Back in late 2016, Samsung launched its EVO+ lineup of microSD solutions. We were lucky enough to have a look at the 256GB solution, and Samsung is now back with upgraded models that now carry the U3 Class designation and updated branding from EVO+ to EVO Plus.

Capacity options start at 32GB, a low capacity solution for today's standards suitable for HD video with performance hovering around 95 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write. Additional capacities include 64GB and 128GB with a 256GB card on the horizon. These solutions are UHS-I U3 certified, offering read performance up to 100 MB/s and write performance up to 90 MB/s. These solutions are Samsung's mainstream offerings and are perfect for 4K video and high-resolution photography.

The MSRP of the Samsung EVO Plus 128GB comes in at $99.99 with a ten-year warranty.

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Packaging, for the most part, has stayed the same apart from branding being updated along with performance numbers. The front of the package houses capacity at the bottom right and specifications in the center above the adapter.

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Easing the transition between form factors, the SD adapter has become commonplace for microSD solutions. We still have the same familiar aesthetic when it comes to EVO solution, orange, blue and white. The capacity is listed in large font to the left with UHS branding is in a light orange font.

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The backside of the card houses model number and origin information.

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Above, we have a better look at the card itself.

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Capacity for the 128GB Samsung EVO Plus comes in at 119GB useable. It is formatted in the exFAT filesystem.

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Diving right in, this solution produced 98 MB/s read and 88 MB/s write on our Z270 system. This puts it right with the 256GB EVO as the highest performing microSD we have ever seen.

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Taking into account the price of the EVO Plus 128GB at $99.99 at the time of writing and its performance both read and write, this solution comes in at 96.39%, just below the 256GB EVO+ of late last year.

When it comes to NAND flash, you can always bet Samsung will bring high performance, high capacity, and low cost together with their EVO lineup. They have done just that with the 128GB EVO Plus solution. Adding to this is Samsung's impressive 10-year warranty on these solutions, making them even more attractive to potential buyers.

Performance for me was a success. This 128GB solution performed with the best we have seen at 98 MB/s read and 88 MB/s write next to only the 256GB version of this same card. Price / Performance too was good for the 128GB EVO Plus reaching 96.39%, missing the top 5 in my charts by just .01%.

For me, 128GB solutions are the sweet spot for those getting into 4K video and high-res photography. More often than not they offer performance rivaling 256GB solutions while being more budget friendly and nowhere is this more evident than with the very solid 128GB EVO Plus.

Tyler's Test System Specifications

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The Bottom Line: You can't go wrong with the Samsung EVO Plus lineup and the addition of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB U3 solutions all with 10-year warranties is a win for consumers.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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