With more and more home users and professionals turning to digital photography to capture their memories, the flash memory market has only begun to heat up and will continue to fuel growth with the ever-expanding formats, capacities, and transfer abilities. In addition, the longevity of the storage medium is becoming ever so important with users storing almost a pictorial storybook on their flash memory devices, and in many instances, they never even consider backing up the photographs until it is already too late. With all of these variables weighing in, is there a single best or most reliable flash memory card or manufacturer in existence? When it comes to system memory, Corsair has offered legendary service to PC enthusiasts and their products continually walk away with numerous awards from Phoronix whether it is their Flash Voyager parts or XMS and XMS2 modules. However, how does Corsair fair in the world of Secure Digital? We have decided to give Corsair's 512MB Secure Digital 133x card a test drive and we have our results here today.
· Read speed of 21MB/s
· Write speed of 15.5 MB/s
· Lifetime warranty
· 512MB capacity (CMFSD133-512)
· 1GB capacity (CMFSD133-1GB)
· 2GB capacity (CMFSD133-2GB)
Corsair has never been really known to "over package" their products, with their XMS/XM2 and Flash Voyager parts simply arriving in a petite plastic container, and in the event of their Secure Digital cards, it is no different. The Corsair Secure Digital 133x had arrived at our testing facilities in a packaging container similar to the Flash Voyager. On the paper insert, the 133x rating was displayed as well as the capacity (in our instance was 512MB) and stated compatibility with Windows, Macintosh, and also mentioned was Linux. On the backside of the paper insert is a chart to answer the question "How Many Pictures or Songs Can I Store?" as well as other Corsair propaganda. Getting onto the actual Secure Digital card, it came protected in a small plastic container, which is common among SD retail manufacturers for safely storing the device when not in use. Corsair states its product is designed for use with digital cameras, Global Positioning Satellite units, MP3 Players, and Personal Digital Assistants.