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Thursday, October 06, 2005
Apacer 2GB SD Memory Card

2. Installation/Performance

For our benchmark tests, we used Sisoft Sandra 2005 SR2, HD Tach RW v3.0.1.0. In order for the system to recognize the card, we used TraxData's 11 in 1 memory card reader. All tests were conducted under the WinXP x64 environment with an ASUS P5GD2 Premium motherboard (USB2.0 compatible).

After connecting the TraxData card reader to the PC, we saw that the disc had 1.86GB free size, while the file system was FAT. You can also use FAT32, most digital cameras won't have any problem with it.

After firing up Sisoft Sandra, we first ran the Removable Storage/Flash Benchmark. This test gives a Combined Index and Endurance factor, compared to other known USB sticks. Unfortunately, Apacer's 2GB SD card didn't perform as expected, with low operations and minimum index

During the File System Benchmark, we understood why the Apacer 2GB SD card produced such a low performance in the above test. Its reading and writing performance seems very low. The 1.5GB read and 4GB write speeds is not exactly what Apacer advertises.

Continuing our tests, we used the well known HD Tach RW, giving us more or less the same results as before...

Furthermore, we used the Apacer 2GB SD card with a Canon Ixus 40, in 320x240 and 60fps mode. The card worked very well, as it also did at 640x480 and 30fps video capture mode. In all cases, the card had very fast response and didn't present any performance delays.

- Summary

Apacer delivers the 2GB SD cards on the market, rate at a very fast 150X and at a competitive price. Our tests showed that the reading/writing performance wasn't in line with the specs, but we didn't face any problems with our real life tests, especially with our Canon Ixus 40 in 320x240 at 60fps, which worked very well. Compatibility of the device can be considered as almost perfect. We tested the 2GB SD card with an MP3 player, a digital camera and a mobile phone, without any quirks or problems. We don't know the exact pricing as yet, but it should be competitively priced in a very aggressive market full of well known brands in memory cards.

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