Speed comparison: Sandisk Mobile Ultra vs. Samsung Evo microSD cards

sandisk-mobile-ultra-samsung-evo-microsdNot all memory cards are created equal. With all the marketing names and jargon, sometimes it can be difficult for consumers to actually know which memory card they need. This post is about speed comparison of 2 micro SDXC memory cards: Sandisk Ultra Mobile 64GB and Samsung Evo 64GB.

For this test, I use a Mac mini with built-in USB 3.0 ports. The memory cards are accessed through a USB 3.0 memory card reader (Transcend RDF5). Both Sandisk Ultra Mobile 64GB and Samsung Evo 64GB are rated as Class 10 and UHS-I enabled with promised speed “up to 40 MB/s”. Theoretically, these two memory cards should have similar performance.

I prepared three sets of data to be written to, and read from the micro SDXC cards:

  • Data A is 1 large file. The size is 4.25 GB.
  • Data B is a set of 12 medium files. The total size is 5.81 GB.
  • Data C is a set of 45,976 small files. The total size is 5.47 GB.

Testing process is simple. First I formatted each memory card using ExFAT so at the beginning of the test, they are empty. To measure WRITE speed, I copied each set of data into each memory card and timed the process. To measure READ speed, I copied back those sets of data back into my computer and timed the process. As a bonus, I do the same test using the same data to an old V-Gen micro SDHC 8GB class 4.

Operation Data Sandisk Mobile Ultra Samsung Evo V-Gen standard
WRITE A 9 mins 3 secs
avg speed 8.01 MB/s
3 mins 12 secs
avg speed 22.67 MB/s
9 mins 18 secs
avg speed 7.80 MB/s
WRITE B 12 mins 34 secs
avg speed 7.89 MB/s
4 mins 9 secs
avg speed 23.89 MB/s
12 mins 55 secs
avg speed 7.68 MB/s
WRITE C 1 hour 32 mins 15 secs
avg speed 1.01 MB/s
50 mins 18 secs
avg speed 1.86 MB/s
1 hour 56 mins 8 secs
avg speed 0.80 MB/s
READ A 2 mins 11 secs
avg speed 33.22 MB/s
1 min 43 secs
avg speed 42.25 MB/s
3 mins 6 secs
avg speed 23.40 MB/s
READ B 3 mins 2 secs
avg speed 32.69 MB/s
2 mins 8 secs
avg speed 46.48 MB/s
4 mins 9 secs
avg speed 23.89 MB/s
READ C 15 mins 33 secs
avg speed 6.00 MB/s
15 mins 37 secs
avg speed 5.98 MB/s
20 mins 50 secs
avg speed 4.48 MB/s

 

As expected, copying a lot of small files take significantly longer time because there are additional process that must be completed for each file. READ operation always faster than WRITE operation for the same set of data. Samsung Evo performs impressively faster in almost every test, making it a clear winner of this comparison.

It is worth to mention that there are 2 types of Sandisk Ultra micro SDXC cards in the market. Some products is branded as “Sandisk Mobile Ultra” and some other are simply branded as “Sandisk Ultra”. I am not sure what are the actual differences between the two models. A quick Google search gave me various results. Some people said they are actually the same product, just different marketing strategy to show people that the memory card would work in mobile devices. Some others said that Sandisk Mobile Ultra is the older model and therefore must be slower. I can’t really conclude anything from so many untrusted sources of information, and I can’t do a test using something I do not have. So this is the best result I can show. Unless someone is willing to donate a Sandisk Ultra 64 GB micro SDXC card for me to test.

 

update 19 Jul 2015:
I redo this experiment using ChronoSync 4.6.2 to copy the files, this app allows me to write a large number of small files considerably faster.
These are the results of updated experiment:

Operation Data Sandisk Mobile Ultra Samsung Evo
WRITE A 9 mins 6 secs
avg speed 7.97 MB/s
3 mins 4 secs
avg speed 23.65 MB/s
WRITE B 12 mins 48 secs
avg speed 7.75 MB/s
4 mins 20 secs
avg speed 21.24 MB/s
WRITE C 54 mins 31 secs
avg speed 1.71 MB/s
28 mins 6 secs
avg speed 3.32 MB/s
READ A 2 mins 18 secs
avg speed 31.54 MB/s
1 min 45 secs
avg speed 41.45 MB/s
READ B 3 mins 20 secs
avg speed 29.75 MB/s
2 mins 12 secs
avg speed 45.07 MB/s
READ C 10 mins 37 secs
avg speed 8.79 MB/s
10 mins 42 secs
avg speed 8.72 MB/s

 

By | 2015-07-19T18:30:06+00:00 11 Jan 2015|Review, Technology|10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Faiz 24 Aug 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Cool. I was about to buy a wrong microsd. U save me dude.

  2. Anis WN 04 Apr 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you…
    Don’t have to look to other benchmark after this review.

  3. Arif 27 Mar 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Thanks budy

  4. rscherschel 01 Jan 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Thank you! This straightforward, easy to understand (even at a glance) comparison is exactly what I needed!

  5. Itzik 21 Jun 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for this information I was looking for an answer because i wonder which one of them to buy.
    can’t believe samsung is so much better

  6. J Savage 02 Jun 2016 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Thanks, Info was helpful

  7. arpan jain 17 May 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Thanx for the comparison ..it helps me allot in deciding weather to buy samsung or sandisc memory card

  8. Sukhi 10 Mar 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Nice to have the comparison. Thanks for the pain :-)

  9. Gabriel Mederios 23 Apr 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Hi! Could you tell me the allocation size (cluster) used in the formating process for both cards?

  10. vishnu 20 Jan 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

    What is the actual capicity we get in both different sd cards?ie how much the occupy in there system storage
    it would also b helpful if u give data for 32 gb &64gb
    in both brands

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