Kingston’s Gaming division, HyperX, has recently announced their new gaming microSD lineup for the use of Nintendo Switch and mobile gamers. The newly announced microSD cards have a read speed of 100MB/s and write speed of 80MB/s. The products are available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. The HyperX Gaming microSDs supposedly exceed Nintendo’s specification for the Switch
- Capacity: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Performance: 100MB/s Read and 80MB/s Write, UHS-I, CL10, Speed Class (U3), A1 App
- Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
- Format: exFAT (SDXC 64GB-256GB)
- Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
- Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
- Voltage: 3.3V
Memory Card Speed Categories
One thing you may have noticed is that there are a lot of numbers and text on any memory card that you may have purchased recently. For gaming memory cards, you’d need to look for the A1 or A2 memory cards in order to get the top performance certification. There are several different speed rating categories. All of those are categories is rated to meet or exceed a minimum threshold for sustained sequential write speed. Simply put, you need a faster speed to keep up with the amount of data being recorded. When recording 4k at a higher bitrate, the faster the card needs to be. This is to keep up with the stream of data coming in. This is why usually when recording on a 4K Camera causes a recording to stop. This only means that the card can’t keep up.
Now the SD Associations has come out with a new rating system specifically targeted to categorize suitability for SD and microSD cards with heavy application use. It’s known as the Application Performance Class Specification, and it’s written in the form of A1. This in turn helps the SD or microSD card to run applications on your mobile device perform better.
So far, there’s only two designated classes: A1 and A2. The SD Association will add more as they’re needed. The thresholds to meet these categories are:
Read and Write Speeds
Here we have the HyperX Gaming microSDXC 128GB card for testing and we ran popular benchmarks to see performance.
In benchmarks like ATTO Disk benchmark we were hitting 91 MB/s read and 78 MB/s write on the HyperX Gaming microSD 128GB card. This is close to the card’s rated speeds of up to 100 MB/s write and 80 MB/s read, bit it’s pretty close and well over the minimum recommended speed of 60 MB/s for the Nintendo Switch.
While on our CrystalDiskMark benchmark, we were hitting 91.59 MB/s sequential read and 78.93 MB/s sequential write at QS32.
Prices have not yet been revealed to the public but if we were to guess, we’d say ₱1899 for the 64GB, ₱2999 for the 128GB, and ₱5999 for the 256GB. All are quite hefty but come with lifetime warranty from Kingston.