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Memory card Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C) with capacity 64 GB: review and testing

The abundance of different portable equipment brings advantages in everyday life. However, its disadvantage is often a traditional lack of disk space for data storage. Most of these devices are equipped with additional microSD-slots for memory cards. At the moment, these drives are very many. They differ in terms of capacity and in speed capabilities.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

That company Strontium has a very interesting lineup of flash cards, which are suitable for the most demanding devices. Family of memory cards Strontium Nitro Plus stands by high speed performance (speed class UHS Speed Class 3), in the sale can be found in the various options in terms of capacity: from 16 to 64 GB. For testing we have top-end option Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C) with capacity of 64 GB.

The specs:

Producer and model

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Form-factor

microSDXC

Speed class

UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)

Declared read/write speed, Mb/s

80 / 60

Capacity options, GB

64 (SRP64GTFU1C)
32 (SRP32GTFU1C)
16 (SRP16GTFU1C)

Storage temperature , °C

-40…+85

Operating temperature, °C

-25…+85

Overall dimensions, mm

Memory card

11 x 15 x 1

USB-card-reader

28 x 15 x 4

SD-adapter

24 x 32 x 2,1

Resources, connection and disconnection cycles

-

Support of ECC

-

Producer warranty

Limited lifetime

Additional software

Formatter, MyBackup Pro

Producer website

Product page

Strontium

Despite the fact that not all the characteristics of the card presented by the manufacturer, even voiced speed capabilities are truly impressive. For these values of read/write speed as 80 and 60 MB/s, respectively can be quite successful to work with high definition video, including the format 4K Ultra HD.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

It easily can be purchased for modern video equipment, but you first need to make sure that the device supports cards of format microSDXC. After all, no other format can work with such volumes. It is also worth noting that the kit has very useful additions in the form of a standard SD-adapter and USB-card-reader that will exchange data on any PC or laptop.

Design and packaging

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

The packaging of Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 can be described as very impressive. The combination of black, red and yellow colors draw attention to the memory card. The material of the package is cardboard, which is quite easy to recycle.

To improve visibility of content the developers used the classic plastic blister, through which you can observe the memory card and complete adapters.

To enhance the information content producer struck on the front side of the cardboard signs that reveal its features. There are marked: the family of memory cards (Nitro Plus), capacity (64 GB), a high-speed class (UHS-1 U3), speed capabilities in read (80 MB/s) and write (60 MB/s) modes and the form factor (microSDXC). Further emphasize is a compatibility with tablets and smartphones running the operating system Android and Windows.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

A nice bonus is a full-featured paid version of utility MyBackup Pro, which costs $ 4.99. Code to activate is inside.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

On the back side we see already familiar information from previous review. The four reasons for the acquisition of this card:

  • ultra-high data rate;
  • ideal for capturing high-quality video and images;
  • use only high-quality components;
  • limited lifetime warranty.

Additionally, there is information on the possible costs of such a capacity, namely, the number of files in various formats that can be recorded.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Icons at the bottom show the security information level recorded on the Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C): moisture, temperature, magnetic field, and X-ray radiation. Information is useful, but it should be borne in mind that everywhere are limitations, and the degree of protection depends on the level of exposure to a particular factor. So it is better not to explore the limits of the possible negative impact on the memory card.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Since the sample is oriented for sale in Russia, the back side has an additional white sticker, which shows basic information about the company and products in Russian.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Memory card Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 is made of black plastic. Its front side is painted in golden color. Dimensions are absolutely standard and fully comply with the format microSD. The small dimensions of the drive did not prevent the manufacturer to apply here some basic information about it, including the capacity and speed capabilities.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

The reverse side contains eight standard pads and a mark about the place of production (Taiwan).

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

By default, the drive is formatted as one volume exFAT, which is not surprising, because the amount of 64 GB is supported any given file system or as NTFS.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

As you can see, the difference in the application and the actual capacity is due solely to a decimal unit conversion of information. At the same time small part of the space organization is engaged under the appropriate file table.

Testing
To test the memory card Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C) we have used the following stand:

Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 PRO (Intel X79, Socket LGA2011, DDR3, ATX)

CPU

Intel Core i7-3930K (Socket LGA2011, 3,2 GHz, 12 МB of cache)

CPU cooler

ZALMAN CNPS12X (Socket LGA 2011)

RAM

2 x DDR3-1333 1024 MB Kingston PC3-10600

Graphics card

AMD Radeon HD 6970 2 GB GDDR5

Hard disk

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS, 500 GB, SATA-300, NCQ

Optical drive

ASUS DRW-1814BLT SATA

PSU

Seasonic X-660 Gold (SS-660KM Active PF), 650 W, 120 mm Fan

OS

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

The test results are more than encouraging, because the read speed at level of 80-83 MB/s  is a really good result for the memory card. Video recording at speed of 73 MB/s allows to use flash card in modern video equipment, which will enable to record capacious file in ultra-high quality. Some benchmarks give slightly lower performance (read: -79.8 75.9 MB/s, write - 60.4 MB/s), but most of the results are practically not beyond the manufacturer's performance. Thus, the memory card is noteworthy in terms of its performance, and the owner will appreciate its capabilities.

Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 (SRP64GTFU1C)

Particular attention should be paid to complete USB-card-reader (the second result in the summary diagrams). Capabilities of Strontium microSDXC Nitro Plus UHS-1 U3 when it is used are very much limited. Performance falls to level of bus USB 2.0. Apparently, it set controller is designed for it. The best option would be interface USB 3.0, which would have limited the potential of the drive, ensuring the maximum possible speed performance. Additionally we note that the operation of the USB-adapter in the retail copy of the card is very peculiar: the drive comes very tight, and sometimes had to take it with tweezers.


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