(un)Official MicroSD Info List

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by magikalfly, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

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    Transcend 2gig 80X miniSD (Taiwan) TS2GSDM80 S/N: 147800-1260 formatted in FAT w/64k clusters
    Formats to 1.90 gig and currently has 5.81 megs free (19.1megs free when using 32k clusters and all the same data)

    Tested on:
    BYTECC U2CR-418/HUB(42-IN-1) 42-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader (Newegg.com)

    Random Access: 1.1ms
    CPU utilization: 0%
    Average read: 4.9 MB/s
    Burst Speed: 4.9 MB/s
    Purchased from Newegg.com

    Same card, but with a standard FAT format (default clusters, which I believe is 32k in WinXP):

    Exact same results.

    Hmm....this is quite a slow card for an 80X. Bummer. Must be that Taiwan thing.....

    EDIT: TEST INVALID

    My test is invalid, but not the fault of HDTach. I tested multiple cards (CF/SD/miniSD)....they all read the same thing except for "Random Access" times. I have determined that the card reader I am using (BYTECC U2CR-418/HUB(42-IN-1) 42-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader (Newegg.com)) limits the read speed.
     
  2. id242

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    Here are two links that might be of help for anyone reading this topic...
    http://wiki.scorpei.com/index.php/R4_compa...h_Compatibility
    And about half-way down/towards the bottom...
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=43323


    I have taken both those lists and compiled them into one (in alphabetical order)

    microSD/TransFlash Compatibility:
    Transflash Card / Notes / Rating (out of 10)
    A-DATA Super 512MB No freezing in Castlevania PoR.
    A-DATA 1GB (Taiwan) Freezes in Castlevania: PoR.
    A-DATA 2GB (Standard Version) Same as Super version, freezes in Castlevania PoR but fine in dozens of other games tested.
    A-DATA Super 1GB TAIWAN P/N 75ICTF0009; Froze in 0223 - AC:WW
    A-DATA Super 2GB 80X Experiences freezing issue in Castlevania: PoR; no other problems experienced in a multitude of games tested. Media made in Taiwan.
    ByteStor 1GB Cards from amazon.co.uk marked with "SD-C01G JAPAN".
    Dane-Elec 1GB No problems until now, Castlevania not tested yet.
    Dane-Electric 1GB (DCD-MSD1024) All games I tested on this card ran fine. Didn't notice any erroneous behavior. 8.5
    EVERGREEN 512MB 60x(DNF-TSD512) unknown
    Extrememory 1GB (Taiwan) Castlevania PoR runs perfectly. Little slowdowns in Tony Hawk Downhill Jam when opponents are on screen.
    Fujifilm 512MB unknown
    Garmin 128MB (010-10683-01) The card didn't do very well, was somewhat slow with backup I tested. Was not thoroughly tested. 6.5
    Kingmax 256MB 60x unknown
    Kingmax 512MB 60x unknown
    Kingmax 512MB Red unknown
    Kingmax 1GB unknown
    Kingmax 1GB Black 66x unknown
    Kingmax 2GB Black Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Kingston 256MB Standard (Taiwan) Freezes in Castlevania PoR and Hotel Dusk: Room 215
    Kingston 512MB Black 48x (Taiwan) unknown
    Kingston 512MB Standard(Japan) X2 All TOSHIBA/KINGSTON memory with SD-C01G JAPAN as a serial will work 100% with all games including Castlevania PoR.
    Kingston 512MB* (Japan) Eite Beat Agents runs perfect as well as Castlevania POR. This card caused me no problem at all: A pick. 9
    Kingston 1GB (Japan) Elite Beat Agents runs perfectly as well as Castlevania POR. Yet to find a broken game with this card. A pick. 9
    Kingston 1GB TF (OEM Toshiba) All TOSHIBA/KINGSTON memory with SD-C01G JAPAN as a serial will work 100% with all games including Castlevania PoR.
    Kingston 1GB* (Taiwan) Many games won't boot (double white screens). Didn't undergo thorough testing. It is too slow!! SC DS will not support it! 7
    Motorola 128MB 7x unknown
    My Flash 1GB TF 60x unknown
    PNY 1GB Castlevania POR Intro runs perfect, froze in game randomly a few times . Aside from it, other games run normally. 7.5
    PQI 128MB Untested
    PQI 1GB Freezes in Castlevania PoR. Slowdown in American Sk8land and Downhill Jam when opponents are on screen or when the game is changing music tracks.
    PQI 1GB micro sd card Unknown; Works with M3 DS Simply
    Ridata 1GB Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Ridata 1GB Untested
    Ridata 512MB unknown
    Ridata Pro 1GB unknown
    Sandisk 256MB Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Sandisk 512MB Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Sandisk 512MB (Normal). Laggy, Castlevania POR Intro, game suffers from serious issues, stuttering & crashes . Longer load times compared to other mediums & slow gaming experience. 4.5
    SanDisk 1GB Rare freezes playing Castlevania PoR with FAT16/FAT32 formatted card (MIGHT be rom issue). Constantly freezes at teleport point at Tower of Death. Cycling amongst teleport points there freezes game.
    Sandisk 1GB (Normal) Castlevania POR Intro runs perfect game suffers from hiccups, crashes. Other games run fine though laggy. 4.5
    SanDisk 2GB Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Sandisk 2GB (Normal) Castlevania POR Intro runs perfect game suffers from hiccups at teleporters, opening menus. Other games run fine. 4.5
    Sandisk Ultra II 1GB Freezes in Castlevania PoR.
    Sandisk Ultra II 1GB Castlevania POR Intro runs perfect game suffers from hiccups. 5.5
    Sandisk Ultra II 2GB Working great so far, including Castlevania: PoR.
    Toshiba 1GB (Taiwan) Castlevania POR runs with problems : crashes when opening menus, all other games work fine. 7
    Toshiba 1GB TF 60x
    Toshiba 1GB* (Japan) - (SD-C01G) All games I tested on this card ran admirably well. Sustains the comparison to G6 Lite in term of speed: A pick. 9
    Toshiba SD-C01G-T 1GB Works fine except for slowdown in Tony Hawk Downhill Jam (as reported with all other cards too). Made in Japan.
    Transcend 512MB unknown
    Transcend 80x 512MB (133268-1340) Castlevania POR runs but freezes randomly in-game. Other games mostly work fine.Overall, it's not fast enough but does its job quite well.Decent. 6.5
    Transcend 1GB Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin freezes at portals sometimes. Otherwise, great.
     
  3. Sebokie

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    Microdia 1GB XtraPlus (MSDC-1GB-30D2)(E247TN01G-NOBB0638)
    Made in China (box)
    Random Access: 2.0ms
    Average Read: 9.3MB/s
    Burst Speed: 9.5MB/s
    Note: purchased from Amazon.fr. Freezes although rarely on C:PoR. Reader Sandisk Mobilemate.
     
  4. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    Kingston MicroSD 1GB
    0652U24942U
    SD-C01G JAPAN
    SDC/1GB

    Hama CardReaderMMC/SD 1.9C (USB 2.0)
    Random Access: 0.8ms
    Average read: 5.6MB/s

    Why's my read speed half of what others manage to get?

    /edit: Cardreader is slow and test results are unreliable. I retested with a PNY reader and got actual speeds, see some posts below.
     
  5. magikalfly
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    It seems that a quality reader is needed. Just because it says USB 2.0 doesn't mean it'll be fast. I noticed a trend even for myself that my reader seems to be limiting me no matter what card I put in it. Mine is a Belkin USB 2.0 multi reader which I though was pretty good. I also tried in a 3.5" multidrive and seem to get the same speeds. After all this, it seems that the data here is circumstantial at best. Take what you will from this list. It should at least give you a sense of what other people are getting with various cards. I suppose the best info is in the little notes that each individual left.

    It would actually be great if someone created a homebrew app that would measure the flash memory's speed. That way, it could run on any cart, supposing it use DLDI, and give uniform measurements. After all, it IS the cart's performance that matters in the end.
     
  6. DeathMonk

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    Hard to read.. Also, my PNY is perfect in PoR.. Don't take one experience as fact.
     
  7. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    Got my hands on a tiny PNY USB2.0 MicroSD reader, and the results are amazing!

    HDTach 3.0.1.0

    Sandisk 1GB Ultra II
    Made in Taiwan
    Average read: 10,6MB/s
    Random access: 0.9ms


    Kingston 1GB *Japan*
    0652U24942U
    SD-C01G JAPAN
    SDC/1GB
    Average read: 10,4MB/s
    Random access: 0.6ms


    Both formatted as FAT16, default cluster size, filled with 967MB data.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    HDTach 3.0.1.0

    Sandisk 512MB
    Made in China
    Average read: 10,6MB/s
    Random access: 1.3ms


    Pretty good.
     
  9. comapro

    comapro Advanced Member

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    I got a Taiwan Kingston 1GB now and I ran the benchmark again.

    Kingston 1GB
    Made in Taiwan
    Random Access: 1.6ms
    Average read: 10.8MB/s

    Kingston 1GB
    Made in Japan
    Random Access: .7ms
    Average read: 10.4MB/s
     
  10. 001100

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    I was wondering for those that got Kingston made in Japan.
    Did it come with 1 or 2 adaptors?
     
  11. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    Mine came with just 1 MicroSD adapter, and I guess all do, if you take a look at the packaging.
     
  12. Flozem

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    Just bought a Dane-Elec card at Dixons here in the Netherlands. It certainly looks like they sell Micro-SD from the same batches the Japan Kingston cards came from: the serial number at least shows a very similar coding to the Japan Kingston cards in this topic.

    My serial:
    0649u11268u
    CO1G Japan

    My R4 and cardreader haven't arrived yet, but expect a test report by the end of this week.

    Price with € 17,99 is a little steep to the cards sold on http://www.ervavli.nl/ . But Dane-Elec at Dixons (provided the test results are good) is the next best thing when it comes to availability of the speedy Japan micro SD cards outside of webshops.
     
  13. Flozem

    Flozem GBAtemp Regular

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    Heh - I just tried the test with my black usb reader that came with the R4. The results were less than satisfactory. However I blame it to my pc, being a 6-year-old one with usb 1.0 ports.

    Castlevania PoR works perfectly though, making me stand with the conclusion that the Dane-Elec card of my previous post is comparable if not the same as Kingston.
     
  14. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

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    The shipped reader sucks for doing accurate tests anyway, I get half the speed of my other reader, while both are USB2.0.
     
  15. WigWrm

    WigWrm GBAtemp Regular

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    Using "Unknown" Card Reader. Supplied with R4DS. Silver Metal Housing.
    Sandisk 1GB (Taiwan)
    Random Access is 1.3ms
    Burst is 9.9 MB/s
    Avg Read is 9.8 MB/s
     
  16. WigWrm

    WigWrm GBAtemp Regular

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    POR froze previously on card mentioned above. If I waited a few seconds around the portals they would work for awhile but still would freeze at any given moment.

    New card is PNY 1GB Japan
    Read speed 10.5 MB/s
    Burst is 10.6 MB/s
    Random Access Time 0.7 m/s

    POR works without a hitch. Intro movie seems sped up (around spiraling frame scene).
     
  17. GBA_Temper

    GBA_Temper *KING OF GBATEMP*

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    Humm...Sticky Please??
     
  18. GBA_Temper

    GBA_Temper *KING OF GBATEMP*

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    My tested Cards....

    #1)Kingston 1GB MicroSd
    Kingston 1GB [GBA_Temper]
    Made in CHINA
    Random Access:6.0ms
    Average Read:1.0MB/s
    Notes:I am using a R4 2.0 MicroSD Reader with a USB Hub(4 Slots)(Non HighSpeed)..
    *Materials:
    R4 2.0 MicroSD Reader
    USB Hub(4 Slots)(Non HighSpeed)


    #1)Kingston 1GB Micro Sd/with adapter EXTRA RESEARCH
    Kingston 1GB [GBA_Temper]
    Made in CHINA
    Random Access:SAME [​IMG]
    Average Read:SAME [​IMG]
    Notes:I am using a USB 2.0 SD Reader/Writer(Dazzle) With the MicroSD Card Adapter..
    *Materials:
    USB 2.0 SD Card Reader/Writer(Dazzle)
    MicroSD Card Adapter

    #2)SanDisk 1GB SD Card
    Sandisk 1GB [GBA_Temper]
    Made in CHINA
    Random Access:SAME [​IMG]
    Average Read:SAME [​IMG]
    Notes:I am using a USB 2.0 SD Reader/Writer(Dazzle) With the SanDisk SD..
    *Materials*
    USB 2.0 SD Card Reader/Writer(Dazzle)
    Code:
    *PROBLEM*
    The interface type say 1.1!!!(Dazzle high speed 2.0 SD Card Reader/Writer) I will repost once I can figure what is the problem
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  19. 4saken

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    Perhaps your USB ports are actually not USB2.0
     
  20. GBA_Temper

    GBA_Temper *KING OF GBATEMP*

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    Wrong...Since I have a old CPU (GAMING PC-Motherboard died) here is the stats

    OS:MS Xp Pro (Just upgraded from win2k)
    Ram:256MB (Just upgraded)
    Video Card: ATI Technologies Inc. 3D RAGE IIC AGP
    Processor: Intel Pentium ll 399MHz
    HD:C Drive:3.99GB
    HD:E Drive:2.37GB(System Restore)
    DVD/CD (Rw)
    2USB Ports: 1.1

    So I know it is the system usb ports that is slow...
     
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