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Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x 16GB Review

Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x 16GB Review - We test the 1000x Transcend Compact Flash card to see if it's as quick as they say.

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Product : Transcend 16GB Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x
Price : £48
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16Gb Ultimate CompactFlash UDMA 7 1000x
The Transcend Ultimate CompactFlash card is a high speed memory card promising 1000x speed, the latest technology UDMA 7, as well as video performance guarantee. On the box it also promises 160MB/s read and 70MB/s write speeds.
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Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x Features

Included is a lifetime warranty, RecoveRx software (available to download), as well as a rough guide as to how many photos and videos you can fit on the card. The card is packaged inside a small CompactFlash card holder which is in the middle of protective plastic packaging. Shown above, these photos show the box as larger than life-size, and on the back of the card is space for writing your details.

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Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x Performance

We tested with the USB3.0 Lexar multi-card reader. As a comparison, here is the difference in speed between using a high speed card on a USB2 and USB3 device:

USB2.0 Read/Write: 34.65 / 21.85
USB3.0 Read/Write: 18.64 / 16.07 (Pre-firmware update)
USB3.0 Read/Write: 120.2 / 53.55 (With UDMA7 firmware update)

To test the read and write times of these cards, we used a USB 3.0 card reader and the latest version of CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64. For digital cameras, the write time is the most important aspect as this determines how quickly you can write photos from the camera to the card. The read time is important when you want to copy the photos from the card onto your PC or view them in playback mode on the camera.

  Write Speed MB/s Read Speed MB/s Average MB/s
Transcend 1000x CF UDMA 7 16GB 53.55 120.20 86.875
Sandisk Extreme Pro 90MB/s UDMA 6 32GB 68.49 57.12 62.805
Kingston Ultimate 600X 16GB 53.42 85.17 69.295


While write speed is not as quick as specified on the box, the high speed read speed means that copying (reading) the files from the card and putting them on your computer will be very quick. Much quicker than offered by any of the other cards used here for comparison. This gives the card the highest average speed.

Value For Money

The Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash card is available for £49 for a 16GB card, this is cheaper than the Lexar 1000x 16GB card (£68, with lifetime warranty), and cheaper than a Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB card (at roughly £65, with 30yr warranty), combined with the liftetime warranty this is very good value for money. Only the Kingston Ultimate 600x card is cheaper at £28 for a 16gb card - this also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x Verdict

 
  The Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash card offers high speeds and excellent value for money.
 
The Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x card offers the latest UDMA 7 technology and the fastest read speed out of all the cards tested here. It is provided with recovery software, as well as a lifetime warranty, and as one of the cheapest cards available in its class it represents excellent value for money. I've used a number of Transcend cards personally over the years and never had a problem with any of them, therefor the Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash card comes Highly Recommended.


Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x Pros

Value For Money
Lifetime warranty
Recovery software included
Excellent read speed

Transcend Ultimate Compact Flash 1000x Cons

Write speed could be quicker

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