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Super Fast Angelbird CFexpress 2.0 Type B Media Card Review

Anglebird CFexpress B 1TB front

When I picked up a Canon R5, I wanted to use the fastest option the camera can use for media: CFexpress Type B. It offloads incredibly fast, saving me time, especially when shooting video.

CFexpress Type B was introduced in 2019, and while more expensive, you get a good-sized speedbump for your money. For this reason, a lot of cameras won’t use them if the codecs and formats don’t need such fast write times, but I think it is a great idea to have fast read times for offloading. If you have the option, I think it’s a good idea to at least get a couple of cards, but I will warn you that you probably won’t be using those SD Cards much after you do. ;-D

While speed is important, so is the build quality, and the Angelbird CFexpress B 1YB is built like a tank. This is a big deal as I have had several SD cards split in half or have ribs on the back break off, making the cards unusable. CFexpress is much more durable.

Capacity

product CFexpress 1 lg HD

With faster speeds also comes larger capacity. Angelbird offers type B cards from 256gGB up to 2TB, and a 4TB version is in the works. I’ve been testing an Angelbird 1TB model, and it’s blazing fast and has been solid in the Canon R5.

Tough To Speed Test

When reviewing gear, I like to know exactly how a product performs. With lights, we have tools that can measure color and temperature that are very accurate. With media cards, it’s not as easy to test for actual speed in reading and writing. So to get a base, I have to use my own compatibility with the camera and offloads.

I have a Thunderbolt 3 CFexpress B reader that performs very well. Below are the read and write speed tests using the Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Test app. I set the parameters to a 5GB Stress Test.
The results are below.

AngleBird 1TB CFexpress B with TB3 reader

In this test, I got a Write Speed of 704 MB/s and a Read Speed of 1134 MB/s. For my purposes, they are plenty fast and fall into compatibility with my R5. The R5, when shooting 8K RAW, requires 400 MB/s or higher write speed.

Angelbird states the CFexpress 2.0 Type B are engineered for maximum sustained performance with protection from overheating and operate at a reduced power draw. This ensures the highest bit-rate captures of RAW video and continuous shooting photography files at resolutions up to 12K.

Stated Speeds

MAX. READ SPEED 1700 MB/s *
MAX. WRITE SPEED 1500 MB/s *

SUSTAINED READ SPEED 1000 MB/s *
SUSTAINED WRITE SPEED 1000 MB/s *
{ * Speed based on internal testing at Angelbird. Actual transfer rates and capacity may vary depending on the product model, system hardware, and other factors.}

Anglebird CFexpress B 1TB back

I have always found Disk Speed Test software to not work as well on external media cards. It must be due to limitations of the port being used like USB-3 or Thunderbolt 3. They are primarily designed for testing internal drives, but that is all we have to work with. More importantly, is compatibility with cameras. If they are within the write speeds, then it won’t matter as they will be tested to perform within the camera’s specifications.

With the Angelbird 1TB CFexpress B card getting a read speed of 1134 Mb/s, you know that it will offload very quickly.

SPECIFICATIONS

CAPACITY256 GB | 512 GB | 1 TB | 2 TB | Soon: 4 TB
FORM FACTOR38,5 × 29,8 × 3,8 mm (1.52 × 1.17 × 0.15 in)
WEIGHT~ 7.0 g | 0.25 oz
Performance11 Speed based on internal testing. Actual transfer rates and capacity may vary depending on system hardware and other factors.
MAX. READ SPEED1700 MB/s
MAX. WRITE SPEED1500 MB/s
INTERFACECFexpress™ 2.0 | Type B | PCIe 3.0 ×2
FEATURESFEATURESTemperature Sensor, TRIM, ECC, EMS Protection, Built-In Cache, SMART
SHOCK RESISTANCE (OPERATING)50 G
VIBRATION RESISTANCE (OPERATING)15 G
OPERATING TEMPERATURE-10 °C | 70 °C / 14 °F | 158 °F
STORAGE TEMPERATURE-20 °C | 85 °C
OPERATING HUMIDITY5 % to 95 % Non-Condensing
Warranty3-Year Limited Warranty
To receive the full limited warranty, the product needs to be registered on the Angelbird Personal Service Portal within 30 days after purchase. If not registered within this period, the market-specific legal guarantee period comes into force.
FeaturesTemperature Sensor, TRIM, ECC, EMS Protection, Built-In Cache, SMART

Important to note that the operating temperature range is -10 °C | 70 °C / 14 °F | 158 °F. This is a good range and should be noted that buying media that will work in the environments you shoot in is very important.

Compatible Cameras

Nikon D6 CFexpress 2 lg HD

The list of compatible cameras will grow as new ones are released. Below are the current cameras that are compatible.

  • Canon – EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, and EOS R5
  • Nikon – Z 7, Z 6, and D6
  • Panasonic – LUMIX DC-S1 and DC-S1R

Free Pro Data Recovery Service

Angelbird offers free professional data recovery service on all its products. They will evaluate the issue and safely attempt to recover your data in their lab along with free express shipping. This service covers media that has encountered physical damage and/or software issues such as data or file corruption. Furthermore, Angelbird extends a non-disclosure agreement to our customers to ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of their content are also protected. Check out Anglebird’s info on this on their website.
Angelbird offers a 3-Year Limited Warranty on their media cards.

One thing for sure is I love the speed of these cards, and so far, my Canon R5 does as well. It does make me quite giddy when I see how fast the transfers are. Less time waiting and more time editing. That’s a great combo.

Cost Comparison

Anglebird CFexpress B 1TB front on box

1TB CFexpress cards are not as popular due to them being a fairly new capacity. As you can see below, the Angelbird CFexpress B 1TB cards are priced very competitively at approximately $200 less than the competition.

Angelbird 1TB AV Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Card$599.99
ProGrade Digital 1TB CFexpress 2.0 Gold Memory Card$799.99
Delkin Devices 1TB CFexpress POWER Memory Card$789.99
Wise Advanced 1TB CFX-B Series CFexpress Memory Card$799.00

The Angelbird CFexpress 2.0 B 1TB cards retail for $599.99. Yes, that is expensive, but if you need speed and a camera that uses the format, these cards are excellent. Angelbird also offers the CFexpress 2.0 B from 256 GB to 2 TB and soon a 4 TB version.

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