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Lexar 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash Card

Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader and Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader
Lexar's new CompactFlash cards offer minimum sustained write speeds of 45MB/sec

When it comes to memory cards used in high-end D-SLR cameras, speed is king. SanDisk and Lexar typically battle it out for the speed crown in the professional sector, but today Lexar has just kicked things up a notch.

The previous speed king was SanDisk's Extreme IV CompactFlash series which offer up to 40MB/sec sequential read and write speeds thanks to Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing or “ESP.” Lexar has now struck back with its 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash cards which offer minimum sustained write speeds of 45MB/sec. According to Lexar, the new cards offer a 125% performance increase over its previous 133x Professional CompactFlash offerings.

"Our new Professional UDMA 300x speed-rated cards dramatically improve the photographer's workflow by reducing the time needed to download images after a shoot. Working in conjunction with one of our new UDMA-enabled CompactFlash card readers, a photographer instantly benefits by having more time to capture, manage, and share his or her images," said John Omvik, Director of Professional Product Marketing for Lexar.

The 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash Cards will be available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB starting in April. At that time, Lexar will also introduce a new Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader ($79.99) and Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader ($49.99) to take full advantage of the Professional UDMA 300x CompactFlash cards.

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RE: Vista
By Martin Blank on 2/20/2007 8:35:13 PM , Rating: 3
Your motherboard has to support running that much RAM, and 2GB modules are still pretty expensive; installing 8GB of DDR2 as 4x2GB is going to set you back around a thousand dollars, give or take a hundred or so. Using this will probably be less expensive.

RE: Vista
By mindless1 on 2/22/2007 2:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
Less expensive but substantially slower. Did anyone forget about the overhead of continual USB access?

If your PC didn't already have 4GB of memory, you'd be far better off going that route instead of trying to add some flash card. On the other hand, this card paired with an UDMA capable CF-IDE adapter should be great for embedded systems or some users' notebook, HDD-replacement needs. Did I write "everyone"? No, there's bound to be people who try to put everything and the kitchen 'sink, plus 200GB of pr)n and DVD rips on their notebook, obviously those less common needs will require uncommonly high amounts of storage. The average user on the other hand, ends up using less space on their laptop than XP's system restore did.

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