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SanDisk Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

SanDisk is a flash memory giant, needing no introduction. The latest in the SanDisk lineup are the Ultra PLUS and Extreme cards, targeting different consumers who have varying speed needs. And with very attractive price tags, these little SD cards promise solid value. We're looking at the 32GB models, and we found the speed results a bit shocking, despite what the labels might seem to indicate. Read on to find out why.



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Samsung MicroSD PRO 32GB and EVO 16GB Review

Today we're looking at the Samsung microSD PRO 32GB and EVO 16GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their big splash back into the retail market.



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Samsung Jumps into Memory Card Market

Today, tech giant Samsung announced it’s jumping into the retail memory market, looking to make a big splash with new Samsung-branded memory cards. Expecting to capitalize on its market position as an industry leader, Samsung is launching an entirely new lineup of SD and micro-SD cards geared to mainstream, enthusiasts, and professionals with the Standard, EVO, and PRO models, a naming convention which appears to follow the company’s popular SSD lineup. With capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, and speeds up to a blistering 90mB/s, the products have been branded for easy recognition to consumers, easily identifying the difference between recommended phone, tablet, and camera uses, depending on your needs for various media uses.   Standard The Standard model offers solid mobile performance and is a must-have for mobile phones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and mid-range camcorders. It’s the smart choice for storing more music, photos, videos and apps. EVO The EVO model boasts ultra-high-speed performance and is the preferred memory card for your smartphones, tablets, full HD (FHD) camcorders and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Its ultra-fast performance brings you improved data transfer of more photos and videos on your mobile devices and high-resolution photo and video capturing on your cameras and camcorders. PRO The PRO model delivers extremely high performance speeds and reliability for premium smartphones, tablets, FHD camcorders a...



 
 
 
 
 
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Mushkin Ventura USB 3.0 64GB

Looking for a small flash drive that's speedy and affordable? The Mushkin Ventura 64GB sports a USB 3.0 interface to vastly improve performance, and this little drives pack a huge capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, so just how fast is this flash drive from Mushkin? Let's find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from OCZ, the Vertex 3.20. It's an interesting move because we've seen the Vertex 4 already from OCZ, so is this "new" drive a step backwards? Not really, according to OCZ. This drive shares the same features as its predecessor, showcasing the popular SandForce 2281 controller, but this latest version now comes with 20nm NAND flash memory.



 
 
 
 
 
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Transcend JetFlash 700 and 780 64GB

The Transcend JetFlash 700 and JetFlash 780 flash drives sport a speedy USB 3.0 interface to vastly improve performance, packing 64GB of capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, so just how fast are these flash drives from Transcend? Let's find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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Kingston V300 240GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.



 
 
 
 
 
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is the third generation product in the company's lineup, packing 64GB of capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, and we've heard people complain these large capacity flash drives are slow as molasses in a northern Canadian winter (that's cold, trust me). Just how fast is this G3 flash drive? Let's move on to find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 32GB and Boost XT 32GB Flash Drives

Replacing the glacially slow USB 2.0 as the go-to standard of choice for those who want speed, USB 3.0 boasts huge speed increases that can allow us those faster transfer speeds we want, while still maintaining large capacity and highly portable nature of those ubiquitous flash drives. And this brings us to today's topic of discussion: the Patriot Supersonic Rage XT and Boost XT USB 3.0 flash drives. Sporting a USB 3.0 interface to improve performance, these little drives pack 32GB of capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. Read on to find out how fast they are.



 
 
 
 
 
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Crucial v4 256GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the Crucial v4 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget. Specifically, the v4 is limited to the SATA II 3G interface, so we're not expecting record-breaking performance results today. But at a price of $189, it's a very attractive option. Let's just say that Crucial's stated specifications for this drive turned out to be very conservative, and we were pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by the v4.



 
 
 
 
 
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OCZ Agility 4 256GB

The interesting thing about the Agility 4 is the Everest controller looks to offer nearly enthusiast-classed performance, particularly in incompressible data, at a much lower price point than we typically see. Currently retailing for only $189 in the 256GB capacity ($100 for 128GB), that's only $0.73 per GB and a very attractive deal. But how does the performance of the OCZ Agility 4 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT Aperture M

The NZXT Aperture M looks like it could be a great option for those needing more connectivity in their rig. Read on to find out more...



 
 
 
 
 
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VisionTek Racer 480GB SSD

Introduction With SSD prices getting lower in recent months, more and more people are making the switch to the SSD platform. So it’s not entirely surprising to see VisionTek moving into the SSD market. While VisionTek has been around for years and are very well known for making ATI/AMD graphic cards, the company appears to be jumping on the SSD bandwagon with their Racer Series of SSDs. We recently had the opportunity to look at another Racer Series SSD from VisionTek. This time we have the 480GB version on the bench, and it’s the largest capacity drive in the Racer series. The last time we tested a Racer Series SSD it did not disappoint, and we expect this big 480GB model to rip through data as well. The VisionTek Racer series SSDs have featured the latest SandForce SF-2281 Controller and impressive Toshiba Toggle MCL NAND. This should translate into big numbers, but we will have to get it on the bench and see. Let’s dive in.





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