Samsung decided to revise its range of memory cards, today the company offers only microSD cards, which can be turned into SD using an adapter. We got three new models of memory cards, below we will present the test results.
Last summer, we already tested the Samsung Evo Plus 256 GB card (MB-MC256DA), which showed compelling results. Now Samsung decided to hold a small re-branding and replaced the “+” sign with “plus” in the title. Also Samsung decided to simplify the assortment.
In the future, Samsung will no longer produce separate SD cards. Instead of them, the company will offer microSD cards, but bundled with an adapter. Those users who need an SD card can purchase a microSD version with an adapter, and they will not notice any differences in practice. Meanwhile, when upgrading the laptop to the option with a microSD slot, you can still use the card. Also, the card can be rearranged, for example, from a digital camera to a smartphone.
Among the target scenarios for new memory cards are called action cameras and drones. Due to the increasingly wide penetration of 4K video, the requirements for the speed of drives grow faster than many users expect. In addition, the laptop is increasingly equipped with memory card slots, especially in the ultra-compact segment. If the manufacturers and install a memory card slot, then it usually supports only the microSD format.
Technically, compared to last year’s 256 GB model (MB-MC256DA), there have been no major changes. Samsung again relies on the V-NAND memory with 48 layers, which is used, for example, in the Portable SSD T3, providing not only good performance, but also high reliability. As in the case of last year’s model, the MB-MC256GA card supports the U3 standard, which guarantees a minimum recording speed of 30 MB / s.
Samsung promises resistance to unfavorable environmental conditions. If you believe Samsung, the new Evo Plus cards can withstand up to 72 hours in salt water (certification IPX7), they operate in the temperature range from -25 ° C to 85 ° C. Maps are not affected by magnetic fields and X-rays. The latter is important for users who often fly.
Last year, the 256-GB MicroSD card (MB-MC256DA) showed good performance results. The new models rely on the old hardware platform, so we were not surprised at the same high performance.
In our tests, QuickBench and Aja System Test memory cards showed good results. However, given the declared characteristics of Samsung, they did not surprise us.
In 256- and 128-GB, the read speed was up to 92 MB / s, the write speed was up to 61 and 58 MB / s, respectively. The 64 GB performance is slightly lower: the read speed is the same 92 MB / s, but the write speed is only up to 53 MB / s.
In the QuickBench test, memory cards also show a high level of performance, they manage well even with small files.
Samsung EVO Plus 2017 memory card (MB-MC256DA), tested last July, showed convincing results. And the generation of 2017, which relies on the same hardware platform, also pleased. Performance will be sufficient even for demanding users, to whom can be attributed professional photographers and operators shooting in 4K. Of course, no one interferes with the use of such a memory card for smartphones.
It’s a shame that, despite the new generation, Samsung did not support the modern UHS II standard in Samsung EVO Plus 2017 memory cards. It provides an even faster transfer rate and better conforms to modern technologies. However, all three tested memory cards comply with the U3 standard, providing a minimum write speed of more than 30 MB / s.
Conclusions in many respects repeat last year’s review. Of course, the memory of Samsung V-NAND can be considered reliable, but in case of damage or loss of the memory card, you will have to part with a large library of photos and videos. Therefore, do not forget about the regular reservation of data, and it is best to simultaneously record pictures on two memory cards – if such a function exists in the device.
In Europe, for a 64 GB card, you will have to pay 28 euros, and for a 128 GB model, 68 euros.