Corsair released today two new high-speed memory cards
to compliment their ever-expanding range of flash media. Aimed at photo journalists and discerning geeks, these card are of particular interest because they are 50-100% faster than the previous generation of memory card from Cosair.
Available in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities, the new 60X SD card has a claimed top transfer rate of 9MB/sec, which is half as fast again as the current 40X SD card. But the big guns are reserved for the Compact Flash (CF) model: this is rated at 80X for a whopping 12MB/s, or double the 6Mb/sec of the current 40X CF cards.
Memory cards are rated on the same performance scale that CD-ROMs are, where's 150KB/sec represents 1x. Corsair says their media strictly adheres to this standard, so you get what you pay for - other brands may claim certain speeds which may never be reached in real life.
"Extending Corsair's philosophy on the high performance DDR and DDR2 memory, it was a critical next step for us to deploy an equally impressive flash product line up,"
said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Management at Corsair."Through our strict testing process, it was clear that the new 60X SD and 80X CF deliver their rated speeds true to the claim. This is an extremely important differentiator between the Corsair flash media and the competition."
Corsair flash media is backed up with a Lifetime Guarantee, so you'll be looked after should things go wrong, and US readers with itchy credit cards can order now from Newegg, ZipZoomfly, Tiger Direct and Fry's. Everyone else should check the Corsair website
for details of their nearest stockist.
If you're a digital photography enthusiast and want to share your views on high-speed memory cards, we'd love to hear from you
. I'm sure many point-and-click readers are wondering if they'll really see the benefits of a high-speed memory card over cheaper models - we hope to find out for you very soon.