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Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB Test

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB Test - We test the latest Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB memory card to see if it's really as fast as they say.

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Category : Recordable Media
Product : Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB
Price : £12
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Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB
The Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB card is the premium SDHC card from Transcend and promises speeds up to 85MB/s as well as a lifetime warranty and includes recovery software.

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Features

The front of the card features Transcends multi-coloured rainbow effect logo as well as the card ratings: Class 10 and UHS-I. The red colour designates that this is an "Ultimate" card, however, it would have been helpful if this was labelled on the card to help when viewing the cards on shopping sites.

Transcend 16gb Uhs1 Sdhc Card

It's even more exciting on the back, featuring stylish blue plastic, and large clear C E text, it tells you exactly where it's made. Taiwan. The free recovery software has to be downloaded here from Transcends website, which means the packaging is kept to a minimum.

Features:

  • Class 10 / UHS-1 Card
  • Up to 85MB/s 566x
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free RecoveRX software

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Handling

The ridges that separate the contacts on the card are a weakness of some cards, however, these seem firmly in place and the card feels sturdy with very little flexibility under gentle testing. The lock on the card is firm which should mean it's difficult to accidentally lock the card.

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Performance

Tested with CrystalDiskMark: Read is the speed at which you can access images / files, for example in playback on the camera or when copying the images to your computer. Write is the speed at which you can record files to the card, or the speed at which the camera can write files to the card. The faster the better, and in our opinion, the write speeds are the most important factor when considering a card for high speed use.

  Read MB/s Write MB/s Average MB/s
Transcend UHS-1 Card 79.37 45.24 62.30
Brand S UHS-1 Card (upto 45MB/s)
44.19 42.15 43.17
Brand K Class 10 Card 19.08 9.80 14.44

The Transcend card performs extremely well with the fastest read and write speeds. As you can see from the results, simply having a "Class 10" card doesn't mean you're going to get a high-speed card. Class 10 simply means the card is capable of up to 20MB/s read speed with no garantee of anything quicker than this, and write speeds can be even slower, as is the case with the card we tested. Test settings were: 50mb to emulate size of RAW files (Sequential), USB3 reader, USB3 port, Windows 7 64bit.

Value For Money
- The card is available for £27, this makes it cheaper than the Sandisk UHS-I (upto 45MB/s card) and around the same price as the 400x / 60MB/s Lexar UHS-I card. As the Transcend UHS-I card is a faster card, this makes it good value for money.

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Verdict

Fast cards with lifetime garantees are good, even better is when they come with recovery software. So for this the Transcend scores highly. Value for money is good and is priced less than some competitors. The card feels sturdy and other Transcend cards we have used have lasted well.

 
  The Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-I performs quickly, has a lifetime warranty and comes with recovery software.
Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Pros
Easy open cardboard packaging
Recovery software
Lifetime warranty
Solid construction
High speed read/write 

Transcend Ultimate SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 Cons
Not waterproof / shockproof

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Comments


The price of under a tenner is a touch misleading as the £9.odd price is a normal class 10 not the UHS-1 card which is more like £50 from a reliable source (ie not an Amazon market place seller)

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16 May 2012 7:25PM
Hello,
This type of review is just what folks like me are interested in reading, so thanks for that!

I had a look at the comments on the Amazon site (from the first link in the review). A Mr Andrew Sigal's comments, (copied into this comment below), make a good point; it's all very well having a UHS-1 memory card, but is your camera's SDHC hardware able to take advantage of UHS-1, or not? (like buying USB-3 devices if your PC only supports running at USB-2 speeds).

I have a Panasonic FZ150, but there's no information in the documentation or website spec as to whether it supports UHS-1, so I assume it doesn't. All it says is: 'Use a card with SD Speed “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures.'

Can the reviewer give some indication of what camera ranges can make use of this card, or are there other advantages of buying them? I guess future-proofing of cards might be another.

Thanks.

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From Amazon website:
Explanation of Class 10 vs UHS-I, 20 April 2012
By Andrew Sigal - Published on Amazon.com DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN THIS PRODUCT

I just spent the last 1/2 hour trying to figure out if I wanted this product, and thought I would share what I learned - possibly saving others the same effort.

I currently have a 16Gb Class 10 card in my Canon Digital Elph 100 HS camera. I saw this offer on Amazon and wondered if it would allow me to shoot with an even faster refresh rate. The speed rating of SD cards indicates how fast a device can read/write data to the card - but ONLY if the device supports the speed that the card can provide. Card's speed ratings have changed over the years; originally they werent rated, then they started rating them as "x" (number of times the speed of a CD-Rom,) i.e. x100 is 100 times the speed of a CD-Rom, finally they moved to "class" ratings (2 through 10.) In version 3.01 of the SD card specification UHS (ultra-high speed) was added. There are two types of UHS, UHS-I and UHS-II, but apparently only UHS-I actually exists.

This card is a UHS-I card. To be rated UHS-I it has to support speeds up to 50MB/s **in a UHS-I compatible device**. By contrast, class 10 is "only" 10MB/s. So, this card is up to 5 times faster than a class 10 card. Thats good.

However, if your device doesnt support UHS-I, then this is just a class 10 card (it is backwards compatible.) Its kinda like putting premium gas into a car that doesnt need premium - you pay extra for no benefit.

I searched and searched to find the answer, but there is no info as to whether my Canon 100HS supports UHS. Since it doesnt say that it does, the presumption is that it doesnt. Furthermore, it looks as though UHS is only supported in "Pro" level cameras and equipment. Therefore, if I buy this chip (at a premium UHS price) it should perform identically to my standard class 10 card.

Before buying this card, check to make sure that the device you want to use it in supports UHS-I. If you have a UHS-I device, it sounds like this is a great card. If not, there is no benefit to this card over a standard class 10 card (though there is no harm using this card other than the added cost.)

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17 May 2012 8:29AM
It certainly seems quite a powerful card. However, I wonder how it would fare against Pretec's Class 16 cards. Pretec claim that their SDXC UHS-1 Class 16 has a speed of 567x, with a read speed of 90Mb/s, and a write speed of 45Mb/s. This card is also fully compatible with SD 3.0. Recovery sodtware is also pre-loaded. Pretec SD Cards


I bought the 16Gb card from their European store, based in Belgium. All prices are in Euros, so if you choose to buy from them, remember to convert the costs. Xstra website

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