For top Raspberry Pi performance, I recommend the Samsung Evo+ 32 GB (with wear levelling) or SanDisk Extreme-PRO 32GB for their high 4K random read (8.58 MB/sec) and 4K random write (3.12 MB/sec), and great wear leveling.
Rundown: Top SD Card for Raspberry Pi 3
With wear leveling and proper SD card formatting, writing on your Raspberry Pi SD card will be distributed and hence last longer. This will avoid wear in one SD card area and eventual failure when some areas are still unused.
Here are 3 best SD card as tested with Raspberry Pi model 3 B+. But they’ll also work well with Raspberry Pi 1 (A+ & B+), Pi 2 Model B, Pi Zero, Pi Zero W, Pi 3 (B & B+): (1) Samsung Evo+ 32 GB microSD (2) SanDisk High Endurance 32GB microSD (3) SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB microSD.
I re-did various benchmarks for SanDisk and Samsung cards (equally I skipped the Lexar, Toshiba, and Sony due to slow speed while used in Raspberry Pi).
Best SD Card for Raspberry Pi 3 2018
1. Samsung Evo+ 32 GB – My Top Pick:
4K random read and 4K random write are significant performance factors for Raspberry Pi SD card. Therefore, Samsung Evo+ tops the list at its values are 8.58 MB/sec and 3.12 MB/sec respectively. Its also a great performer for projects, music, mobile gaming and HD video recording.
Samsung Evo+ 32gb, with 16MB/s dd write speeds. It can endure a high of 85° Celsius and a low of -25 Celsius. The SD card is highly resistant Magnetic fields, X-Radiation, and Water.
dd Write Speeds: Using an IOMeter, I noted that Samsung Evo+ achieved 13.0MB/s –16MB/s dd write speed and 43.6MB/s read speed. It is faster in handling small block sizes and files compared to DS cards like Samsung Pro, which is great for Raspberry Pi3.
Samsung EVO+ has an amazing exterior design, with the orange and white colour theme. With the EVO+, you’ll achieve top data transfer speeds reaching 80MB/s. Check the detailed review.
The Pros are: (1) Top performance – high random write and read speeds (2) Work well with Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 models. (4) Reliable and cheap SD card (5) Working temperature is -13°F – 185°F.
Second and Third places on raspberry pi sd card (based on 4K random read and write) goes to SanDisk Extreme MicroSD card & Samsung Pro+ respectively but will cost you more than the Samsung Evo+.
My second recommendation is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64gb UHS-I, as approved by the microSD cards Benchmarks, for your Raspberry Pi3.
With the SanDisk Extreme-PRO, you will get reliability and excellent performance in your Raspberry Pi3.
You can quickly recover your data using the RescuePRO Deluxe software after any accidental deletion happens.
The raspberry pi sd card allows about 17.40MB/s write speed that will enhance your video shooting and play speed. Therefore, the card will improve continuous and fast burst-mode taking or photographs.
Further, the deep analysis “Comparison table for Raspberry Pi microSD card”, by Jeff Geerling approves the Samsung Evo+ 32GB on Amazon. Ultimate Pi3 SD card: You can also consider the Official Raspberry Pi 16gb SD Card , as it closely follows the Evo+ and the SanDisk Extreme models.
The pros are: (1) Highly Durable for bad conditions (2) Excellent performance (3) Top Endurance and reliability since it has wear levelling (4) Works with various SDHC UHS-I and SDHC operating gadgets. The only con is: (1) Relatively pricey
Some people consider Raspberry Pi Official as the top Raspberry Pi 3 SD Card. But, what is better than an recommended product? Then, Raspberry Pi Official Card should be your first consideration in this class.
It has a pre-installed Noobs, which will have the official Raspbian distribution. Further, it allows other operating systems that you can download and install from the internet. Luckily, it’s Class 10 raspberry pi sd card, achieving top data transfer speeds, and will work with all the makes for Raspberry Pi.
This SanDisk Ultra Card has a capacity of 16 GB and is a class 10. Further, the company upgraded the speed of its previous cards, and thus this one has a 48 MB/s read speed.
Due to its high quality and read speeds, SanDisk Ultra is highly suitable for Raspberry Pi3, and other supercomputers.
But what is unique about the “ultra” design?
Well, small size (ultra) allows the SanDisk Ultra to consume much less power.
Also, the card is both shock, temperature and X-Radiation proof.
In addition, you’ll not experience any stuttering or dropouts when using the SanDisk Ultra Micro SDHC card.
5. 32 GB Samsung EVO Micro SD for Raspberry Pi 3
Has a UHS-I interface that is fitting and will perform excellently with camera.
Also, the Class 10 Micro SD Card and the UHS-I, you’ll achieve high transfer speeds reaching 47MB/s.
With its attractive, orange and white colour scheme, Samsung has designed an excellent exterior look for the 32GB EVO Micro SDHC SD card.
The SD card is created for the highly mainstream section of consumers, ones that require excellent performance for their premium gadgets.
If you are worried about damaging the SD card, you should note that it 32GB EVO Micro SDHC SD card is temperature, X-Radiation, magnet, shock and water resistant.
6. Raspberry Pi 16GB (NOOBS – Preloaded)
Raspberry pi sd card is described as the official copy of the 16GB SD Card that comes with Preloaded NOOBS that will allow you to install the various Pi OS to the Raspberry Pi board.
The SD card has a 16GB SanDisk with an adapter. On booting Raspberry Pi using NOOBS, you can utilize the menu to install Raspian. Further, you can employ the internet to install other operating systems.
You can use the SD card slot on the converter (MicroSD to SD card).
Also, the SD card has the High-Speed and the Class 10 that allow faster data rates (transfer).
Interestingly, the SD Card will support multiple Operating Systems. The SD adapter will protect the SD Card after you eject it from your Raspberry Pi.
7. Samsung EVO DS – SDHC Class 10
The EVO Class 10 SDHC SD card allow very fast transfer of photos and videos.
Like, the 32GB EVO Micro SDHC SD card, this card is also temperature, X-Radiation, magnet, shock and water resistant.
The SD card allow full HD video taking, storage and transfer.
Further, the SD resists magnetic force produced by your speakers to about 13 times when compares to normal SD cards.
8. 32GB LoveRPi Raspbian UHS-I MicroSD Card
32GB LoveRPi MicroSD Card is highly optimized for raspberry PI3: Particularly for the Pi Zero and the Pi3 B.
Raspberry Pi will utilize the SD card like its hard drive. The card is UHS-I and thus will be fitting with Raspberry Pi3 model B.
Therefore, you should aim to acquire a class 10 Micro SD card.
Through the use of a fast flash memory and controller, the LoveRPi MicroSD card will give you excellent performance compared to other cards, even the 32GB cards.
However, remember to get a Disk Management utility (diskmgmt.msc) while viewing your card (SD) for windows, failure to which it’ll only display 56MB caused by Linux Distribution partition.
Fast transfer speeds
Being a class 10 and UHS-I card, the 32GB LoveRPi will give you fast data and files transfer speeds. Being a class 10 card, it will allow you to transfer data quickly, including video.
Also, the manufacturer provides life time warranty for readability and write-ability.
32GB storage capacity
The storage capacity is large enough for both the raspberry OS and leave space for other sile such as data and your critical applications.
The Raspbian OS is preloaded on the card. Therefore, pick it and automatic without the need to install operating system required to run the Pi3 device.
9. Raspberry Pi Raspbian Class 10 8 GB microSD
The Raspbian microSD Card by features a safe and Best SD Card for Raspberry Pi 3.
Notably, the SD card is also class 10 and thus will perform excellently with your data storage and transfer, including videos, and be faster that your regular SD cards.
The card has an 8GB capacity that will adequate for all your technical processes.
With a preinstalled Raspbian, you’ll luckily not require to install an operating system or NOOBS. The card also has adapters to safeguard it while idle.
Raspberry Pi microSD Card has backward compatibility and performs perfectly with Model A+ & B+ of Raspberry Pi.
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10. LoveRPi 128GB Raspbian UHS-I MicroSD
Just like 32gb LoveRPi MicroSD Card, the LoveRPi 128GB Raspbian SD card is optimized for RASPBERRY PI3, particularly Pi Zero and the other Pi3 B.
The card has a Raspbian OS and NOOBS loader but lacks RPi-Tracker software.
Equally, the LoveRPi 128GB SD card is highly efficient since it incorporates a modern and fast flash memory and excellent controllers.