Memory Card Reviews
Memory Card reviews comprise SD, microSD, Compact Flash (CF), XQD and other flash memory card reviews that analyze specific performance and other attributes of memory cards. Memory Card reviews describe which applications the flash cards match: smartphones, tablets, DSLRs, point and shoot digital cameras, and so on.
by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Review

The Lexar Professional 2000x is the company’s latest top offering in their SD card portfolio, catering to media enthusiasts and professionals who require quick capture and transfer of both high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. To achieve this high-speed performance, Lexar’s new cards leverage UHS-II technology, allowing for quoted read transfer speeds up to 300MB/s, which is double the performance of the 1000x model. For added flexibility, the cards also support UHS-I devices at UHS-I speeds, and are backwards compatible with older generation cameras and readers by performing at Class 10 speeds when being used with these non-UHS devices.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PRO Plus MicroSD Memory Card Review

Announced earlier this month alongside the EVO Plus line, the Samsung PRO Plus microSD cards are the company’s latest enthusiast offering designed for levels of high end digital imaging and mobile devices. The previous PRO model we reviewed showed bar setting performance at a great price, so it’s unsurprising to see an upgraded release almost exactly a year later. That being said, the new PRO Plus line features a slight increase in read and write speeds quoted at 95MB/s and 90MB/s respectively (compared to the previous 90MB/s and 80MB/s), which satisfies both UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels (the previous version only supported Class 1). The PRO Plus line also come in capacities of 64GB and 32GB, with the 128GB model to be released at a later date, which is a pretty big boost in storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung EVO Plus MicroSD Memory Card Review

Samsung has once again added to their industry leading portfolio of memory cards with the Plus versions of their very impressive PRO and EVO lines. For this review, we will be looking at the Samsung EVO Plus line of microSD memory cards (or Evo+), which are specifically designed for content creation and the increasing storage demands of the newest smartphones, tablets, compact cameras and Full HD camcorder users. Last year, we looked at the 32GB version of the Samsung EVO line, and found it to be easily one of the best available microsSD cards on the market for its class, offering great performance at an unbeatable price. The new Plus version improves on its predecessor in every way, including a boost in storage capacity to 128GB, which is double the maximum of the previous EVO line.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 256GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot has upgraded the maximum capacity for their LX Series SDXC to 256GB. The new 256GB model is more or less identical to the smaller capacity models, with the same reported transfer speeds (80 MB/s read and 20MB/s write) and power usage (2.7-3.6V). The LX Series flash cards would be best implemented in demanding use cases by entry-level to professional photographers or videographers leveraging high-level equipment (standard SD Associated 3.0 compliance). With the increased capacity, users have the convenience of clearing space less frequently and can comfortably record in HD 1920x1080 without worrying about running out of space. The cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and carries a price tag of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot recently released a 128GB capacity of their LX Series microSDXC cards. The LX is intended for use with HD camcorders and mid-range cameras, but can be loaded into SD host devices with its SD adaptor. It has standard Class 10 SD Association compliance, and the same reported transfer speeds as the 64GB model (70MB/s and 20MB/s for read and write, respectively). As with the rest of the LX Series, the card comes with Patriot's 5-year warranty and has an MSRP of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar Professional 1066x CompactFlash Card Review

Lexar has expanded their CompactFlash library with the new line of Professional 1066x CompactFlash cards, which is now their top-performing CF line. Delivering a reported 160MB/s in read transfers (vs. 120MB/s in their next-fastest line), the 1066x line is geared towards enthusiasts or professional photographers and videographers. These cards can be loaded into HD camcorders, 3D cameras, or DSLR cameras to capture modern video formats (1080p, 3D, and 4K) across a range of top-tier as well as entry-level hosts.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Exceria SD Card Review

The Toshiba Exceria is the company’s most recent foray into the UHS-I SD card market. The new line of SD cards is designed for professional DSLR photographers, videographers, and high-res content creators looking for an economical alternative. The Exceria SD cards offer UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) support for 4K video recording and playback. In addition, the Toshiba cards are classified as x-ray proof.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card Review

The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card is designed for professional photographers and videographers that require some serious performance. The new Extreme Pro line is certainly specced to satisfy these needs (and then some), with SanDisk boldly claiming that they are the world’s fastest SD cards available on the market. If the quoted performance numbers of 280MB/s read and 250MB/s write (maximum) are any indication, it will definitely rival any SD cards that are currently out there. The new Extreme Pro line is optimized for top-end cameras that support the new UHS-II standard and also has a UHS Speed Class 3 Rating, which is the highest available that supports 4K, Full HD, and 3D video recording. SanDisk's cards are quoted to at a minimum sustained write speed of 30MB/s in these conditions.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Ultra Plus SD Memory Card Review (32GB)

The SanDisk Ultra Plus SD memory card is a small step up from their Ultra memory card.  Available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, the SanDisk Ultra Plus memory card boasts of speeds "twice as fast as ordinary SDHC cards;" claiming read speeds of 40MB/s. It is ideal for taking pictures and recording in full HD, while maintaining a budget-oriented approach. The SanDisk Ultra Plus is compatible with SDHC/SDXC enabled and SDHC-I/SDXC-I UHS-I enabled devices.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 32GB EVO microSD Memory Card Review (MB-MP32D)

We previously reviewed the new Samsung PRO microSD card (along with its SD iterations) and found it to be an excellent addition to the microSD market, even challenging the usually untouchable SanDisk line of flash cards. This time around, we are looking at the EVO microSD line, which offers a more mainstream profile than that of the PRO family and is specifically designed newer mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. That said, the EVO cards are still quoted to post some pretty decent numbers, with Samsung claiming a potential of 48MB/s read transfer speed using a UHS-I interface. Like its SD companion, Samsung simply states that its write speed is slower than its transfer speed.  Normally, we would be a bit unsure as to how it would perform based on such a generic statement, we are quite certain that it will post results on the same level as we saw in our previous EVO flash card review.

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