Samsung EVO Plus 512GB MicroSD Card Review: Speedy Device Storage

Samsung EVO Plus 512GB MicroSD - Benchmarks And Verdict

The ATTO Disk Benchmark is an easy-to-run test that samples transfer speeds across a specific volume length. It measures read and write transfer rates and presents the results in a handy chart. We chose .5kb through 8192kb transfer sizes and a queue depth of 6 over a total max volume length of 256MB. ATTO's workloads are sequential in nature and measure raw bandwidth, rather than I/O response time, access latency, etc.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Transfer Rates by Size

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ATTO's results largely confirm what we saw in CrystalDiskMark. The read speeds are consistent across all three cards, though the Samsung is slightly faster in sub-64 KB reads. On the write side, its sub-64 KB results are actually slightly slower, but most file transfers will be in the 64 KB and up realm where the Samsung is unquestionably ahead.

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Overall, the Samsung EVO Plus MicroSD delivers excellent performance with some of the fastest write speeds offered among UHS-I cards. Blistering speeds and expansive capacities do not come cheap, though. The 512GB card is listed at $199 - that is about $0.40 per gigabyte. Our 128GB SanDisk card for comparison ran us just $28 or $0.22 per gigabyte. Fortunately, SD cards see frequent sale pricing so do keep an eye out.

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In cameras, the SD card speed is often bottlenecked by the device itself. Our Canon 80D, for example, tops out at 90 mbps when recording 1080p footage with All-I frames enabled. 90 mbps converts to 11.25 MB/s which is well within the capabilities of any of our tested cards. If you have a camera or other use case that can use the speed, though, the Samsung EVO Plus MicroSD card is well recommended.

  • 80 MB/s plus write speeds
  • Massive capacity
  • Water, magnet, temperature, X-ray proof
  • Included full-size SD adapter
  • High cost per gigabyte
  • Does not include storage case

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