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MicroSD Round Up – Reviews and Giveaways!

The variety of microSD cards

Earlier, we introduced the technology terms of the MicroSD cards. From the technology terms itself, we know that not all microSD cards are made equal, as such their performance can vary. In this round up, we will be looking at the performance of each individual microSD card from various manufacturers that we could get our hands upon, and we will have them benched marked.

The tests were conducted on the ASUS UX302LG with Samsung EVO SSD as the work horse, and the cards connected to the system via Transcend RDF8 (Firmware TS22) connected via USB 3.0, h2testw 1.4 and CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 x64.

Our testing list will include the following cards:

  1. Barun Electronic’s Gold Flash PLUS (32GB) TLC
  2. Barun Electronic’s Gold Flash PRO (64GB) MLC
  3. Memorette (memento) Expert (64GB) TLC
  4. Memorette (memento) Standard premium (8GB) MLC
  5. Lexar High-Performance UHS-I cards [300x] (64GB) TLC MLC [LSDMI64GBBNL300A]
  6. Kingston Advanced Class 10 UHS-I (64GB) [Also Known As Kingston UltimateX MicroSD] TLC [SDCX10]
  7. Transcend Premium UHS-I [300x] (64GB) TLC [TS64GUSDU1E]
  8. OEM microSD by Samsung (64GB) TLC
  9. For Samsung UHS-I Class 10 (32GB) TLC
  10. Samsung Plus (64GB) TLC [MB-MPCGCA]
  11. Samsung EVO (64GB) TLC [MB-MP64DA]
  12. SanDisk Ultra UHS-I [Old series] (64GB) TLC [SDSDQUA-064G]
  13. SanDisk Ultra UHS-I [2014 Model] (64GB) TLC [SDSDQUAN-064G]
  14. Lexar High-Performance UHS-I 633x MicroSD (64GB) MLC [LSDMI64GBBNL633R]
  15. Kingston CL10 UHS-I 90R/45W MicroSD (64GB) TLC [SDCA10]
  16. Samsung PRO [Old Series] (64GB) TLC [MB-MGCGBA]
  17. Samsung PRO [New 2014 Series] (64GB) MLC [MB-MG64DA]
  18. Sony High-Speed R95 UHS-3 (64GB) MLC [SR64UXA]
  19. PNY Turbo Performance High Speed MicroSD (64GB) MLC [P-SDUX64U190-GE]
  20. SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-3/U3 [2014 Edition] (64GB) TLC [SDSDQXN-064G]
  21. SanDisk Extreme Plus microSDXC UHS-I [2014 Edition] (64GB) TLC [SDSDQX-064G]
  22. Fake SanDisk Ultra UHS-I (64GB 8GB) with Fake Samsung Evo Sample ??
  23. SanDisk Standard Class 4 (32GB) TLC [SDSDQM-032G-B35]
  24. Samsung Essential MicroSDHC Class 6 (8GB) [2014 Edition]  [MB-MS08D]
  25. Silicon Power Elite MicroSDXC Card (64GB) [SP064GBSTXBU1V20SP]
  26. Remax MicroSDHC Card (16GB)
  27. PNY Turbo Performance 64GB High Speed MicroSD [2015 Edition] MLC [P-SDUX64U390G-GE]

As far as we try to find out and mention their manufacturing technologies, not every card’s Nand chipset can be found, unfortunately.

Determining the best card in terms of raw speed, we are using the Sequential results from CrystalMarkDisk, which brings the similar result and test as that of the H2testW or if you attempted to copy a (large) file to and fro a memory card.

In the conclusion, we will be highlighting the best microSD card as well as the best microSD for mobile use.

To determine the best card for use in mobile, we will be looking at 4K and 4K QD32 results. What is the difference though?

  • For sequential, the software reads/writes whatever file size you choose when you start the test sequentially. That is to say it starts writing on a sector and then writes the next part on the adjacent sector and so on.
  • On the other hand, 512K, 4K read/writes to random sectors on the drive, but it reads/writes 512KB or 4KB of data at a random point, then moves to the next random point. For the QD32, it is similar to 4K but there are more requests for the data sent to the memory card to make it a tad more busy and stressed.

As such, the 4K random read/write results would best mimic a card in a mobile device environment.

Check out over the coming days and weeks for our individual benchmarks and for our conclusion!

Now, for the best part of this post, we have a 64GB microSD card to giveaway. How to participate? Throughout the period of the reviews, all you have to do is just either comment your experience with the card that is being reviewed if you own one, or drop us a BBM with an image of your largest or fastest microSD card!

Editor’s note: We have corrected the post to reflect that Lexar is using MLC nand throughout all of their microSD cards, rather than TLC. We apologize for the initial error.

  • sHam says:

    Got myself a few 64 GB SanDisk Ultra from yours truly and so far, haven’t had any problems with them. All my videos and mp3s plays without any lags or problems. Used them on my BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Z30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE (GT-N8020) So satisfied with it that I would gladly recommend them to anyone who would want to try it.

    September 17, 2014 at 8:51 am
  • Chris says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the review!! Really help us to find out more on the products as well as the individual performance before getting the products!!! Thumbs up and looking forward to more reviews!!

    September 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm
  • Ronald says:

    Wow, looks good, when will we know the conclusive end test results?

    October 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    • xmad says:

      Hey Ronald,

      Thanks for your support, the conclusion will be done ASAP! 🙂

      October 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm
  • Reynald says:

    Hey guys, fantastic review and really helpful stats provided! I’ve looked through quite a few of them but couldn’t find any relevant info to answer the following question: What’s the card you’d recommend for the GoPro 3+ Black edition? So far I’m thinking of the Samsung EVO 64GB based on what I read – do you guys agree?

    March 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm
    • xmad says:

      Hi Reynald,

      If you are looking at recording at its full resolution, no, we do not recommend EVO at all.

      You can consider:
      Samsung Pro, Lexar High-Performance UHS-I 633x, Sony High-Speed R95 UHS-3, or Sandisk’s Extreme series. PNY can be also considered.

      March 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • james says:

    Hi outberries team, great review and very informative.. Pls do me a favour. Help me to choose.

    I’m from Malaysia, and looking forward to get a 64GB microsd. I’ll be using it as an expanded storage for my macbook air by using a specifically cut-out adapter. I’ll be putting my iTunes sync folder in it, will store mainly audios and pictures. No intention to use it with camera or smartphone.

    Would you recommend to me which of the following I shld get? Read or write speeds matter more, in my case? Looks like the the sands ultra us-1 is among the best in my list. I’m on a budget too. The Gold Flash plus is RM40 cheaper than the sandisk ultra and its Read speed is so much faster, would this be a better choice for me?

    Thank you very much..

    SanDisk Ultra UHS-I [2014 Model] (64GB) TLC [SDSDQUAN-064G]
    READ – 44441KB/s
    WRITE – 30687KB/s

    Samsung EVO (64GB) TLC [MB-MP64DA]
    READ – 45766 KB/s
    WRITE – 23577 KB/s

    Transcend Premium UHS-I [300x] (64GB) TLC [TS64GUSDU1E]
    READ – 78111 kb/s
    WRITE – 18200 kb/s

    Barun Electronic’s Gold Flash PRO (64GB) MLC
    Read – 42704KB/s
    Write – 32756KB/s

    Barun Electronic’s Gold Flash PLUS — 64GB
    Read – 90761KB/s
    Write – 17302KB/s

    April 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm
    • xmad says:

      Hi James,

      That will depend on what you really require. In your case, it seems to me that the read speed is more important than write since you will be viewing photos and listening to it more often than saving data onto it.

      Depending on the size of your files, if there are many small photos, then the SanDisk might suit you need better. If the photos are larger and files are roughly similar sizes of about 5-10mb, perhaps you could consider the GoldFlash Plus or Transcend premium.

      However, that said, you should always think of whether if warranty is important and the ease of warranty in your country 🙂

      April 21, 2015 at 7:40 pm

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