Wow microSD cards a freakin' cheap!

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  1. bumjeans
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    I only have a 1GB card which came with my R4.

    I'm looking to upgrade so I can store more goods when I go on holiday. I was very suprised to see how cheap the cards are.

    Now which brand do people recommend? I know I should aim to get one which is made in Japan?

    Where can I get a good one for sure? I live in UK btw.
     
  2. jesterscourt

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    I don't think NewEgg ships internationally, but they have 8 gig cards for around 19 bucks. So do the conversion, and pay around that, maybe on Amazon? Make sure if you are buying from an online retailer that it's a legit one, not from a reseller (like not direct from Amazon) because there are a lot of fake cards out there.
     
  3. bumjeans
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    Oh it is Amazon I'm looking at, resellers too. Doesn't look like Amazon sell their own.

    Do 8GB cards tend to me more unreliable than a smaller card on a R4?
     
  4. Szyslak

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    If you have a real R4, there is no microSDHC support. Look for a 2G Kingston / Toshiba made in Japan.
     
  5. bumjeans
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    ok cool

    Are 'INTEGRAL' micro sd cards any good?
     
  6. martin88

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    Yes they are indeed very cheap.

    Just got a JAPAN Kingston 2GB microSD for $8 at my local computer store.
     
  7. Skyline969

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    If you want to stay cheap, go Kingston. If you don't mind paying a slight bit more, go for a SanDisk brand SD Micro. Any I've ever seen are top-quality and I've never seen one fail.
     
  8. bumjeans
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    In terms of Sandisk, do I need to get one which is made in Japan or any should be fine?
     
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    The 1G and 2G Sandisk microSD aren't as fast as the Kingston (J). There's no reason to pay extra for them. Though I would imagine even the Sandisk Ultra cards are pretty cheap right now, so you probably can't go wrong with either one. When dealing with standard microSD, you want to find the cards with the lowest random access times. Write speeds are nice for transferring data to the card, but the write speed doesn't matter while you're playing the DS. The random access times are what's important while playing the DS, and the Kingston (J) cards have consistently spec'ed with the fastest random access times.

    But to be honest, it really only matters in a couple of games from the entire DS library, so if you go with Sandisk or a cheaper card, you'll still be fine 99% of the time.

    From personal experience, I would recommend against the A-Data 2G cards. They changed to slower specs without changing model numbers and screwed over many unsuspecting people. Their class 6 microSDHC cards are great, but stay away from the 2G.
     
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    Nope
    I bought an 8GB Sandisk microSD on ebay for a little over $20 USD.

    If your willing to look for them, ebay is the best place to buy IMO.
     
  12. Ferrariman

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    I purchased from eek technology twice from amazon, and both cards were just fine.
     
  13. ShakeBunny

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    Nope
    Just to let you know, an 8GB will NOT work on an R4. R4s don't support SDHC cards, so your limit is 2GB.
     
  14. dan92

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    there is a 4gb kingston on deal extreme for like $8 (with free shipping) and if you got the real r4ds 2gb cards are pretty cheap there too so check it out the bad thing is that shipping takes a lot i think, you can check on amazon too and ebay as well
     
  15. bumjeans
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    ok thanks guys. 2GB it is then, will try to hunt down a Kingston. That ebay one looks good, can't complain for that price.
     
  16. Pedobear

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    anything 2 GB or higher, and check the class. Make sure its 4 or 6
     
  17. Nathan-NL

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    You can find a Kingston 2GB (Japan) anywhere in a local computer and supplies store, just look there and don't buy cheap things like these over the internet.

    (Watch carefully if it's one out of Japan, those are faster)
     
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    He said he has an R4 which limits him to 2Gb, no MicroSDHC
     
  20. Banger

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    Depends when he got his R4 if recently then its a clone which means, yes MicroSDHC