When is a Kingston not a Kingston

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Feb 2, 2007
  1. GBANinja
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    Hi, I read a lot of good thinks about the Kingston 1GB microSD card made in Japan. However, I live in Japan and I can find no such card (>_
     


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    Yeah it's okay to buy the Toshiba card with the same serial. Kingston actually supply Toshiba [​IMG] They're the exact same thing.

    I've got a Japanese Kingston micro SD, it's great! It's exceptionally fast and stable.
     
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    Dont mean to ransack this thread ( but no use in making a new one) but, i always hear about the "differences in quality" among cards based on where they are made... does anyone have any FIRST HAND experience regarding if the origin makes a difference? [​IMG] (tried the same card 2x, from different countries and had drastically different results?) No " i know someone..." or " i read somewhere..." Please
    Thanks [​IMG]

    EDIT: GBANinja, by any chance a Computer Science student? that symbol you used (?) is "universal generalization" ha. Was reading about it last week
    weird [​IMG]
     
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    I think its just a rumour goinga round. >.>
     
  5. GBANinja
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    ah, ok. Thanks ([​IMG])
    I was a little worried. I guess the "Kingston" made in Japan (with the "Kingston" label on it) must only be for exports.
    I was shocked that I couldn't find it here. I guess it is ok if Toshiba and Kingston are the same company I think. (???)
     
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    Actually it's the other way round. Toshiba manufacture the card and sell it to other companies. Kingston buy their microsd from Toshiba (thats the japanese kingston) and from a taiwanese factory (the not-as-good-quality kingston) to reduce costs.
     
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    it all comes down to benchmarks. the kingston 1gb made in japan (or toshiba.. same thing) has the lowest random access time of all the cards i've seen, hence why it works the best. do a search for benchmarks and you will see what i mean when you look at the list of benchmarks they did for each card. country might have something to do with it (japan has had a good reputation with quality cards), but if you want to be sure about a card, find benchmark results/reviews.
     
  9. GBANinja
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    jtroye32,
    ah, no sorry. I'm not a computer science student. I have a Japanese keyboard/computer so I its easy to create interesting symbols like that, for example:
    (???????)
    +.?(o???o)?+.
    (????)
    (?°?°)?
    (???????)
    (?´?`?)
    (????)?
    +?:.??(??? ???)??.:?+?
    ?*???)
    ((((???;))))


    I hope they can show up on your side. Sometimes Japanese charecters don't work on some pages.

    On a side note, I read..http://www.emuboards.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=28116

    Which makes it sound like if I get a Toshiba chip that has SD-C01G on it, I should be okay.


    Although this page:
    http://wiki.scorpei.com/index.php/R4_compatibility_list

    says that there is also a Toshiba SD-C01G chip that, is different from the Kingston.
    *sigh*.. its confusing. o well, I guess i'll just get the Toshiba one
     
  10. 111111111

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    No, that page says that the SD-C01G-T card is exactly the same as the kingston. the -T suffix is just for toshiba's model numbering system. The card us exactly the same as the kingston SD-C01G.
     
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    I have a Japanese toshiba and it works like a charm BTW. No complaints here.
     
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    Where are you guys buying your Toshiba 1GB microSD cards from? I just ordered a 1GB Kingston from Meritline in the hopes that it would be a Japanese card, and it was Taiwanese. [​IMG]

    I'll compare it to my current A-Data 1GB microSD and see how it does.
     
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    I'm getting mine in the UK, where they are quite common (online anyway - the high street has nothing but sandisk).
     
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    I have both a 1 GB Kingston (Taiwan) and a 1 GB Kingston (Japan) and the Taiwan version freezes up on Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin every single time I play it. The Japanese version plays without a hitch.
     
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    Thankee very much DeVante.
    I guess there is some truth to it.. [​IMG]
     
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    I as well. same situation. taiwanese one isnt so hot.
     
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    One little sidenote...

    I formatted both the Taiwan and the Japanese MicroSD cards using FAT16 64k clusters.

    The Taiwan card ends up being about 952MB useable space, and the Japanese card ends up with about 982MB.

    The Japanese card gives you 30MB more to play with.

    I wonder why there's a difference.
     
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    How do you guys know if they are made in Japan or Taiwan?
     
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    I thought they were the same I never realize the different names.....
     
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    In the front of the Japanese kingston micro sd it says SD-CO1G Japan. The taiwan made just says kingston on it. You can also check at the back of the packaging, it should say where it was made.
     

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