If you’re in the market for a new SD card, trying to pick one up can seem overwhelming. Our friends over at the Wirecutter looked at a number of SD cards and discovered that the SanDisk Extreme line is the best performing card you’ll find at an affordable price.
Unless you need something special—like a card that can survive drowning, electrocution, and magnets, or a card that works with your insanely high-speed camera—chances are the SanDisk Extreme will suit you perfectly. It reads and writes data speeds at a whopping 45 megabytes per second, which is much more than most class 10 cards at only a few bucks more. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro line is even faster at 95 MB/s, but it costs a whole lot more, and isn’t going to net you a whole lot of benefits unless you have a camera that can make use of it. (For more info on SD card speeds and classes, see our explainer on the subject.)
For most people, the SanDisk Extreme is as good as it gets, at a price that’s hard to beat. You can grab a 16GB version for $15 on Amazon, or the 32GB for $37. If you want to see more details on the comparison between other cards, check out the Wirecutter’s full review below.
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