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Appeared on: Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Traxdata 1GB SD Memory Card


1. Introduction

TraxData 1GB SD Memory Card - Page 1

- Introduction

TraxData, as a leading memory card manufacturer, offers for enthusiast photographers a high performance SecureDigital card with 1GB capacity, high enough to cover the demands for increased storage thanks to the latest 5,6,7 and 8MegaPixel digital cameras. In this review we examine how the 1GB SD card performs, both in real life tests and benchmarks.

- Features/Package

TraxData's 1GB memory card has the following features/specifications:

The package is quite plain. The 1GB logo is located on the top left corner, the 66X data transfer logo is also present so that users will recognize its high reading/writing speeds. The card itself contains the TraxData, SD logos and as you would expect, can be used with all digital cameras, PDAs, mobile phones and mp3 devices that support the SD format :

On the left side, there is a mechanical write protect slide tab that provides the consumer with added protection against accidental deletion of stored data.


2. Installation

TraxData 1GB SD Memory Card - Page 2

- Installation

For our benchmark tests, we used FD Tach beta 0.9.0.3 along with TraxData's 11in1 memory card reader.

For comparison, we provide the test resulta against a SanDisk 16MB card (blue bars) in terms of reading:

and writing

The performance for the 1GB SD card, was around 5Mb/sec for reading and 3.81Mb/sec for writing. Other results, 1.2ms sequential and 7.5ms random access, times which are very low.

We then used the TraxData 1GB SD card with the Canon Ixus 40, primarilly at 320x240x60fps setting, where the card worked very well as it did also with the 640x480x30fps video capture mode. In all cases, the card responded very quickly and didn't exhibit any performance delays. Of course, the announced 10MB/sec reading/writing is far from what the card delivers, but day to day needs will be covered.

- Conclusion

TraxData has a good track record, delivering quality products for photographers and its latest 1GB SD card is no exception. Most of our storage needs, especially for digital photography, can be covered with 1GB SD cards, especially when combined with high performance. From the test results, the performance was not top notch but again it is satisfactory for most digital camera needs, where reading/writing speed is important. We don't know the exact price tag, but it should be very competitive to combat the fierce competition from other known brand memory cards.



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