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Mushkin 32GB SDHC Review


Testing Setup:

To test Mushkin's 32GB Class 10 SDHC card, I will run a series of benchmarks to provide as accurate a representation of its performance as possible. Flash Memory Toolkit and SiSoft Sandra will both be used to measure access times and to benchmark read and write speeds in various circumstances. Remember that FMT and Sandra are, however, synthetic benchmarks. To gauge real-world performance, I will also use a set of compressed files of various sizes to measure write speeds under typical usage. These compressed files correspond to those that are used in our product reviews that use the WinRAR benchmark. Let's begin!

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Phenom II X6 1055T
  • CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-C12P-SE14
  • CPU Fan: Noctua NF-P14
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
  • Memory: 2 x 4GB Mushkin Blackline #995996 DDR3-1600
  • Video Card: XFX HD6970 2GB + BFG 8800GT (PhysX)
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
  • Power Supply: XFX BE 850W
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Storage Card: 32GB Mushkin Class 10 SDHC

Comparison Storage Cards:

  • 8GB Kingston Class 4 SDHC
  • 8GB SanDisk Ultra II Class 2 SDHC
  • 16GB SanDisk Ultra II Class 4 SDHC
  • 16GB PNY Optima Class 4 SDHC
  • 32GB Patriot Class 4 SDHC
  • Kingston 32GB Class 10 microSDHC


Testing: Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0

Low-level Benchmark:

The first benchmark will use the low level benchmark from Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0. Higher read/write speeds and lower access times are better.

Mushkin's 32GB Class 10 SDHC card is off to a respectable start. It surpasses all but the high-performance SD cards.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0
  4. Testing: Flash Memory Toolkit 2.0 (Continued)
  5. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011 SP3
  6. Testing: Custom Files
  7. Conclusion
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