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Reviewed: Barun Electronic GoldFlash PLUS MicroSD

Barun Electronic GoldFlash PLUS microSD

For the first of the microSD review, we will be looking at Barun Electronic’s GoldFlash microSD line of products. In today’s review, we will be looking at the GoldFlash Plus microSD, which is golden black in colour. For Barun Electronic’s, they have 2 series that are available to us, which is the PLUS and the PRO.

Barun Electronic GoldFlash PLUS microSD

Barun Electronics may not be a household name here in Singapore, but if your using GPS systems or in-vehicle recorder, the chances of this company manufacturing your products is rather high. Nonetheless, this OEM company, is ranked 6th in the global memory card market. The Korean-based company produces one hundred million semiconductor-related products such as flash memory cards and USB flash drives each year, supplying to various global memory manufacturers based in the U.S. as well as Japanese auto giants.

LG Electronics is one of their customers, whom they will be providing memory modules to for their seven-inch tablet for kids.

Let us take a look at the card, physically:
Barun Electronic GoldFlash PLUS microSD front

On the front, the GoldFlash Plus has a mixture of gold and black for the text and background, which gives it an expensive feeling.

Barun Electronic GoldFlash PLUS microSD back

On the back, we can see the laser inscribed FCC and CE certification as well as its origin: Made in Korea. We have censored out the batch and serial number of the product here.

That said, these memory cards are rated to be UHS-1 compatible and rated Class 10. This means that we should be expecting a minimum performance of 10mb/s in both read and write, so does this live up to its rating?

First, we will be running the H2testW, a free program that tests the raw or sequential read and write of the memory module.
H2testW

As we can see, the final rated speed is 16.9 MByte/s. However, it can also be noted that the speed test started at 12.8 Mbyte/s before going to 16.9 Mbytes/s gradually.

Next, we will run the CrystalDiskMark in various capacities. The first capacity we run it on was 4000MB or 4GB. The result can be seen below:
CrystalDiskMark 1 - 1000MB x 1

The next test, we ran the smallest test – 50MB:
CrystalDiskMark 2 - 50MB x 1

And finally, we run the middle sized test, taking the average of 5 attempts:
CrystalDiskMark 3 - 1000MB x 5

In essence, we can see the benchmark graph:
Benchmarking graph
Random response read graph

As we can see, the read and write sequential speed are relatively constant, whereas the random read speed has a few instances of varying results over a test of 64MB.

Otherwise, with an over result of:

Read – 90761KB/s
Write – 17302KB/s

 

Powered with TLC nand in the heart of the memory card, and at the price tag of around SGD$22 (32GB) or SGD$40 (64GB) with courier delivery, the price is pretty good. But whether if it is the most value, well, we will have to look at the rest of the other memory cards to make a real statement. However, on the mobile-wise, it is pretty safe to say that it has a very good performance, and we do really recommend this, for mobile use.

Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

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