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    Card reader for SD

    Well, having moaned at Corsair a bit over my 133x SD card, it seems that my usb2.0 card reader might be a little at fault (hmm). Before RMA'ing my card, I would like to see what exactly the problem is, so can anybody recommend a good brand card reader - must have SD and CF as minimum (micro and mini SD useful).

    I am after PERSONAL recommendations - and if you've got HD Tune stats, moreso the better.

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    I'm using a "Technika 16in1 USB2 card reader" that i got in Tesco for about £10. Seems pretty good. I'll get some HDTune stats later tonight if you like.

    I can test a 4GB Sandisk ExtremeIV CF and a 4GB Sandisk MemortStick Pro Duo. I don't have my compact digicam with me so i can't test SD i'm afraid.

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    4GB Sandisk ExtremeIV CF:
    HD Tune: Generic USB CF Reader Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 2.3 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 2.6 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 2.6 MB/sec
    Access Time : 1.0 ms
    Burst Rate : 2.6 MB/sec
    CPU Usage : 4.4%

    Thats a lot lower than i had expected. The ExtremeIVs are rated up to 40MB/sec with the right card reader.

    4GB Sandisk MemortStick Pro Duo:
    HD Tune: Generic USB MS Reader Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 4.3 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 5.1 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 5.0 MB/sec
    Access Time : 1.0 ms
    Burst Rate : 5.0 MB/sec
    CPU Usage : 12.4%

    I would guess that the SD performance would be at least between those two

    Do Crucial make a good card reader? How about the Sandisk Extreme SD, MS and CF reader, it's rated for 20MB/sec max.

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    i'll look into that, seems your card reader ain't all that either

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    My Cheapy £5 blue plastic reader from ebay, with a Corsair 2GB 133x card:

    HD Tune: Generic USB SD Reader Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 4.4 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 4.5 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 4.5 MB/sec
    Access Time : 0.9 ms
    Burst Rate : 4.5 MB/sec
    CPU Usage : 1.9%

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    I decided to purchase a Sandisk EXtreme (USB) cf/sd card reader for about £12.
    Specs to follow when it arrives.

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    I'm currently using one of those £1 sd pen drive jobbies from my local Poundland, get around 11mb read speeds which is much better then my all in 1 USB card reader thingy.

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    yeah, i picked up one of the £1 ones as well, i get 10MB/sec when reading, which i can't moan about since the SD card is a good few years old.

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    well, the sandisk extreme arrived, and i get 15MB/s from my corsair 133x SD card.

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