Lexar reveals high-capacity CFexpress Type A Card

From Lexar, the new, higher-capacity Gold line 320 GB card delivers up to 900 MB/s read speeds and 800 MB/s write speeds.

The announcement

Lexar has announced its new, higher-capacity CFexpress Type A card. It is categorized into the company’s Gold line.

In August, Lexar launched two other capacities: the 80 GB and the 160 GB. Despite size differences and a marginal performance difference between the three capacities, the speed of one should carry across Lexar’s entire Gold line.

Speed, testing and performance

Doubling their previous card’s capacity, Lexar provides professional creators with the ability to work without switching out cards as frequently. What’s more, the Gold Series 320GB CFexpress Type A Card was rated with the Video Performance Guarantee 400 (VPG 400). This metric requires that the card never drops below a minimum write speed of 400 MB/s.

However, Lexar actually guarantees that the 320GB card will never drop below a write speed of 700 MB/s. This allows filmmakers to capture seamless video without the fear of losing a single frame.

Testing turned out a transfer rate of 521 MB/s, with a high of 671.3 MB/s. The average of 550.4 MB/s might not be Lexar’s claim of 700, but it is well above the 400 MB/s minimum.

Summing it up

With double the capacity and bundled with a card reader, $700 proves a solid, marginally more economical deal for Lexar’s newest, highest-performing card.

Pricing and availability

Performing above CFexpress Type A cards from ProGrade Digital and Sony, it’s no surprise Lexar’s card comes at a premium.

At present, the Lexar Type A Gold Series 320GB CFexpress card is exclusively offered in a bundle with Lexar’s CFexpress Type A/SD Card Reader. This bundle is available for $700.

Meanwhile, the 80 GB capacity is available for $200, while the 160 GB runs for $400.

Maddy Cowee
Maddy Cowee
Maddy Cowee is a writer, editor and film student.

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