Patriot EP Pro 32 GB SDXC/SDHC Card ReviewBluePanda - July 19, 2012
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Some of you might have seen this nifty little card at Computex and now it’s nearly ready to ship to your house. The price isn’t quite as bad as I was expecting for the performance. The question always comes: it is super-fast; but at what cost? When it comes down to such a simple piece of hardware and the ability to get slower cards for less – price does become a big factor. I wouldn’t pay a hundred some odd dollars for the exceptional speed but I might be willing to pay a little more for the performance – the balance here comes to the individual. The $69.99 price tag, to me, actually doesn’t seem that bad; for the performance it’s a pretty good deal. If you’ve got the camera to take high resolution, high quality video, you want this. However, it is somewhat a one of a kind item on the market right now; so I would guess if you can wait – you can probably find some competitors to let you get it for less if you're patient.
Overall I am very impressed with the card. It has lots of room for pictures, plenty of room for video – and it is to be released in 128GB capacity as well – it’s nearly a mini-SSD for your inner photographer/filmographer. I would normally be a bit miffed that the card didn't reach its full rated specs of 90MB/s read and 50MB/s write, but it is entirely possible that the card reader I'm using can't exceed the speeds I saw in the benchmarks. Until I have another card to test with I have to assume that this card can go even faster! It will be interesting to see what will come out next. I know Delkin, Kingston, and SanDisk have all released UHS-I version cards in the past – but will there become a war for who can go the fastest? Maybe not… for now Patriot takes the lead with theoretical speeds on the EP Pro.
- Somewhat expensive