SanDisk Industrial 8GB

  • Obtained from: Amazon
  • Price paid: $8.17
  • Advertised capacity: 8GB
  • Logical capacity: 7,948,206,080 bytes
  • Physical capacity: 7,948,206,080 bytes
  • Fake/skimpy flash: Skimpy (0.65% skimpy)
  • Protected area: 50,331,648 bytes
  • Adjusted skimp: 0.018%
  • Speed class markings: Class 10, U1
  • CID data:
    • Manufacturer ID: 0x03*
    • OEM ID: 0x5344 (ASCII: SD)*
    • Product name: 0x5341303847
    • Product revision: 0x80
Sample #123Average
Manufacture dateMar 2019Mar 2019Apr 2019N/A
Serial number0xcc54e0d30x8b4dd1bf0x640953d9N/A
Sequential read speed (MB/sec)87.6288.4888.0288.04
Sequential write speed (MB/sec)30.1133.0328.3430.49
Random read speed (IOPS/sec)1,576.831,667.881,476.551,573.75
Random write speed (IOPS/sec)321.35350.69254.73308.92
Read/write cycles to first errorNot yet determinedNot yet determined20,87620,876
Read/write cycles to complete failureNot yet determinedNot yet determined20,87620,876
Total days to complete failureNot yet determinedNot yet determined9595
Card reader usedJJS CR-UTC4ACJJS CR-UTC4ACJJS CR-UTC4ACN/A
Package frontN/A
Package backN/A
Card frontN/A
Card backN/A

* This manufacturer ID/OEM ID is pretty well known to be associated with SanDisk.

Discussion

Ok…why did I buy this one? Because I wanted to see what other offerings SanDisk has, but also because I think that at this point, I’m just on a mission to figure out who makes the most reliable microSD cards.

I thought it was interesting that these cards came in a simple plastic case. I’m guessing SanDisk only sells these cards by the tray, and the seller simply repackaged them to sell them individually.

As far as performance goes, this card is almost the definition of the “average” card. Sequential read speeds were slightly above average, while all other performance metrics were right around average. As of the time of this writing, the overall performance score for this card was -0.019 — remember that under my rating system, a score of zero represents a perfectly average score. And, keep in mind that the range of scores (for all cards) was from -1.50 to 1.87 — so a score of -0.019 is about as close to a perfectly average score as you can get. (Technically the Microdrive “Bart Simpson” 16GB got closer to 0 than this one did — with a score of 0.0097 — but this one was the second-closest.)

Endurance tests for two of the three cards are still ongoing. All three samples made it past the 2,000 read/write cycle mark without errors, making it only the third model in my collection to do so — and the first model in my collection to make it past 10,000 read/write cycles without any errors.

  • Sample #1 has currently survived 11,486 read/write cycles and has not yet experienced any errors.
  • Sample #2 has survived 13,154 read/write cycles and has not yet experienced any errors.
  • Sample #3 survived 20,876 read/write cycles; during round 20,877, it got to the point where pretty much all attempts to read from the card would result in I/O errors. I decided to declare the card “dead” at that point.* On an interesting side note, this card is the current recordholder for “most number of read/write cycles completed per day during endurance testing”, at 219.75. (I don’t put much stock in this, however, because most of the cards I’m testing are being artificially slowed down due to the fact that the USB bus is almost constantly being overloaded. This card was hooked up to a machine where this wasn’t the case.)

As it so happens, Western Digital (who now owns the SanDisk brand) publishes a product brief for these cards. How do my results stack up against what Western Digital advertises? (For the record, the cards I have are model number SDSDQAF3-008G-I.)

First, let’s look at performance. The product brief says that these cards should be able to get up to 80MB/sec in sequential read speeds and 50MB/sec in sequential write speeds. My samples definitely hit 80MB/sec in sequential read speeds, but didn’t make it anywhere close to the 50MB/sec in sequential write speeds that they advertised.

Next, let’s look at endurance. Western Digital says that these cards are supposed to be able to endure 384TBW (terabytes written). (They don’t specifically define what a TB is — whether it’s a terabyte [one trillion bytes] or a tebibyte [1,0244] bytes — but seeing as how they do have footnotes that define 1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes and 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes, I think it’s reasonable to assume that they’re also using terabytes.) Given the physical user area on the device, this means that the device should be able to endure at least 48,313 read/write cycles. Sample #3 didn’t even make it halfway to that mark. Sample #2 will likely be first to hit that mark, but right now it looks like this won’t happen until March of 2025, followed by sample #1 in May 2025.

Overall, this card only scored about average in terms of speed. However, it has shined in terms of endurance. If you’re looking for something is going to work reliably for a long time, this is the card to go with. The biggest disadvantage here is that you’re going to be paying for that reliability, as they have a higher price per gigabyte than many of the other cards I purchased.

* With some of the other SanDisk cards, I have noted that they have a tendency to self-destruct when subjected to a brownout. This doesn’t appear to be the case with this card — nothing happened (to the best of my knowledge, anyway) that would have created a brownout situation for this card.

June 12, 2024

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