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Memory Cards, Part 2: SDHC Cards From 8GB To 16GB

Test Setup And Access Time

System Hardware
Processor(s)2 x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core) 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604)Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAMCorsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.) 2 x 512MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD1200JB 120GB, 7,200 U/Min, 8MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Compact FlashAddonics ADSACFW SATA
Secure Digital HCSanDisk ImageMate
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver
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Access Time

The access time test is typically not particularly important for memory cards used in digital cameras or other types of consumer devices.

SanDisk’s Extreme and the Lexar Professional are the only SDHC cards that actually deliver short write access times.