The HP 1GB SecureDigital card
SD cards are produced by various manufacturers and are relabled by a lot of VAR’s. Today, we will look at a HP 1 GB SD card which is produced by SimpleTech.
My card shipped with FedEx, it took less than 24h for it to arrive in a huge box:
shipbox The HP 1GB SecureDigital card shipside The HP 1GB SecureDigital card

The memory card is packed up in a triangular blister card:
blisterfront The HP 1GB SecureDigital card blisterback The HP 1GB SecureDigital card blisterside The HP 1GB SecureDigital card

A blue storage box accompanies the SD card. The box can protect a single SD card and seems to be similar to AccuPower’s Accusafe(Review here):
boxclose The HP 1GB SecureDigital card boxopen The HP 1GB SecureDigital card
HP’s card ships preformatted. Both a Tungsten T3 and a Tungsten E2 had no problems formatting and using it.

Kopsis VFSmark returned the following values for 3 executions on a freshly formatted card:

Tungsten E2
VFSMark Results

File Create: 460%
File Delete: 313%
File Write: 47%
File Read: 170%
File Seek: 337%
DB Export: 108%
DB Import: 187%
Record Access: 304%
Resource Access: 284%

VFSMark: 245

VFSMark Results

File Create: 192%
File Delete: 159%
File Write: 47%
File Read: 171%
File Seek: 337%
DB Export: 111%
DB Import: 187%
Record Access: 301%
Resource Access: 284%

VFSMark: 198

VFSMark Results

File Create: 194%
File Delete: 160%
File Write: 47%
File Read: 171%
File Seek: 327%
DB Export: 109%
DB Import: 189%
Record Access: 301%
Resource Access: 280%

VFSMark: 197

Tungsten T3
VFSMark Results

File Create: 1050%
File Delete: 894%
File Write: 52%
File Read: 773%
File Seek: 983%
DB Export: 151%
DB Import: 786%
Record Access: 770%
Resource Access: 783%

VFSMark: 693

VFSMark Results

File Create: 259%
File Delete: 246%
File Write: 53%
File Read: 760%
File Seek: 983%
DB Export: 153%
DB Import: 786%
Record Access: 770%
Resource Access: 768%

VFSMark: 530

VFSMark Results

File Create: 260%
File Delete: 243%
File Write: 37%
File Read: 760%
File Seek: 983%
DB Export: 153%
DB Import: 786%
Record Access: 770%
Resource Access: 768%

VFSMark: 528

CardSpeed was also used for benchmarking. The card was formatted right before running the test three times. This led to the following results:

Tungsten E2 Tungsten T3
Time Wrt32bit Wrt8KB Read8KB Time Wrt32bit Wrt8KB Read8KB
1.64 400 364088 609637 0.7 1236 624152 2912711
5.71 69 92958 609637 5.75 59 97451 2912711
5.88 68 88263 609637 5.16 73 104439 2912711

Overall, the benchmark values are decent. Not really stunning, but not bad either.

However, neither the E2 or the T3 were slowed down in my tests. MP3′s play without lags or jerking, there is no significant delay in opening applications. Plucker has no problems accessing 5MB files from the card, it all works “fast enoguh” for me not to feel it(and I feel speed stuff fast). This card may not be the fastest, but it seems to be very reliable. If a reliable, decently fast card is what you need, this is the way to go. Speed junkies should look elsewhere…

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4 Responses to “The HP 1GB SecureDigital card”

  1. How does this card compare to other brands – SanDisk, Lexar, Kingston, Dane-Elec, etc.? The write numbers look higher than similar cards from other vendors….do you have any comparisons?

  2. Hi,
    in house not yet-unless a benchmark of an old HAMA 64 MEG SD card is helpful. However, the Palm Club has a nice table:

    http://www.palmclub.nl/tips/vfsbenchmark/

    Best regards and thank you for talking back
    Tam Hanna

  3. My Palm TX works fine with 2GB SD card from pq1. however it is getting full, thanks to all my medical stuff. Now i am thinking of 4GB SD Card. Will my Palm TX work fine with it?

  4. Hi,
    sorry, but I have no idea…

    Checking out http://www.1src.com may help though…

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

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