Do you have a collection of old microSD cards sitting around collecting dust? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually put them to good use instead of giving them away or even worse, tossing them in the trash? Well now you can thanks to this neat looking microSD SSD Creator Kit.
The kit arrives with what is essentially a solid state drive board without the memory. There are four slots available to plug in microSD memory cards (also available for CF cards). Simply connect the cards to the mainboard (max of 32GB per card, class 10 recommended and all cards need to be the same capacity) then connect the board to your computer.
Performance here is sure to vary based on the type of cards and capacity that you use. No hard numbers are given although the description does say it can boost your Windows Experience Index Score up to 3.6 (not that that’s much help, really). I’d certainly be interested in giving the kit a thorough review but I don’t have any spare cards on hand to test with.
The kit retails for just south of $80 which is a pretty decent deal if you already have the necessary cards on hand and ready to go. Otherwise, it’d be best to take that $80 and add a little more to purchase a real solid state drive. Having to buy four quality cards plus the kit certainly isn’t practical or fiscally responsible.
The OCZ Vector 256GB SSD model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s. All Vector models are loaded with 25nm IMFT NAND synchronous flash memory. The Vector SSD series is rated to deliver 20GB of writes per day for 5 years, which equates to a total of 36.5TB’s of written data. OCZ also provides a full 5-year warranty.
The M500 is the successor of Crucial's M4. It uses Micron’s latest 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash technology and can deliver up to 80,000 IOPS with sequential read and write speeds topping out at 500 MB/s and 400 MB/sec. The drives also incorporate TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667, 256-bit AES hardware encryption and is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
The SanDisk Extreme II SSD features 550/510 MB/s in sequential read/write speed, and 95,000/78,000 random read/write IOPS. The Extreme II is manufacturer with NAND foundry capabilities and offers the SanDisk ReadyCache caching solution. It comes in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB versions.
The Intel SSD DC S3500 features an 8-Channel ASIC with 20nm MLC NAND providing up to 75,000/11,500 random read/write IOPS and 500/450 MB/s of sustained sequential read/write speed. The S3500 comes in a wide range of capacities, 80, 120, 160, 240, 300, 480, 600 and 800GB.
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