13 Oct 2016

Best CFast 2.0 reader for on set data management

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CFast 2.0 Cards plus ReaderIntroduction

Most popular high-end digital cinema cameras record their data to CFast 2.0 cards nowadays. Small, high performance recording media advertising with impressive read transfer speeds. How can you benefit the most from these given read speeds? The actual performance varies a lot due different factors. Does your card reader choice influence your transfer speed? We were also curious, and tested several popular CFast 2.0 card readers for you.

Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 CardTest Setup

For this test we used the fastest (and most used) card in its kind, a Lexar 3600x CFast 2.0 card with a capacity of 256GB. Which comes with a by the manufacture measured read transfer speed up to 540MB/s.

To measure the performance of the readers we used AJA System Test, and Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. We noted down the (average of) the test results, and also looked at other product aspects in our rating.

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: 03 – Codex CFast 2.0 Card Reader

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: Codex CFast 2.0 ReaderPro’s

  • fast
  • robust metal housing
  • secure spring-loaded cardslot


  • unattractive high price tag
  • fragile USB 3.0 Micro Type-B port

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: 02 – Delock CFast 2.0 Card Reader

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: Delock CFast 2.0 ReaderPro’s

  • fast
  • decent aluminium housing
  • secure spring-loaded cardslot
  • attractive low price tag


  • fragile USB 3.0 Micro Type-B port

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: 01 – Lexar Workflow CR2 CFast 2.0 Card Reader

Best CFast 2.0 Reader: Lexar Workflow CR2 CFast 2.0 ReaderPro’s

  • the “fastest”
  • robust USB 3.0 Standard Type-B port
  • Thunderbolt 2 port
  • good price quality ratio


  • card sticks out cardslot

Speed Results…

The Lexar CFast 2.0 reader may be the fastest, but actually, all readers score quite even in the read speed test via USB 3.0. The real performance difference shows through Thunderbolt 2, an extra optional interface only Lexar offers.

CFast 2.0 ReaderInterface
Read Speed (MB/s)
AJA System Test 2.1
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
CodexUSB 3.0
DelockUSB 3.0
LexarUSB 3.0
Thunderbolt 2


When it comes to speed: there’s not so much of a difference between these three CFast 2.0 readers. However, when it comes to better and extra optional connecivity, we would recommend you the Lexar Workflow CR2 CFast 2.0 reader.




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