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Nocontact Feb 2, 2005 6:19 PM

I'm looking for a 512 card for my Sony DSC-W1 and I found these two which look good.
Is it worth the extra for the Ultra II?

Sandisk 512MB Memory Stick Pro, Model SDMSV-512-A10 - RETAIL

Type: Memory Stick Pro
Capacity: 512MB
Speed: transfer rate 15Mbps
Special Features: High-speed data transfer rate of 15Mbps for DVD-quality video in real time. The fast transfer rates help prevent data loss when power is suddenly cut-off or if the media is removed accidentally. Advanced security with Access Control Function and MagicGate technology


Sandisk 512MB Ultra II Memory Stick Pro, Model SDMSPH-512-901 - RETAIL

- Specifications -

Type: Memory Stick Pro
Capacity: 512MB
Speed: Minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second and a read speed of 10MB per second
Special Features: Deliver superior speed, low power consumption



steve Feb 2, 2005 11:12 PM

The answer is no, and according to the specs you quoted the first one is faster.

Nocontact Feb 2, 2005 11:23 PM

Thanks. These descriptions are straight off newegg. Any idea why they priced the second one higher?
Aside from the "Ultra II" label that is?

SRG_SSI Feb 4, 2005 1:18 PM

Not sure if the first one is faster. It says 15Mbs (15 Meg bits/sec). Ultra II says min 9MBs (9 Meg Bytes/sec or 72 Meg bits/sec). We need to wtch our bits and Bytes when we compare. Bytes = B, bits = b.

sjms Feb 4, 2005 2:31 PM

being tha the ultra II is one of the better cards around and one of the fastest around i reread the stats.


High-speed data transfer rate of 15Mbps for DVD-quality video in real time

1 Bit=0.125 or 1/8 of a Byte

the operative wording ther is Mbps or megabit/s not megabytes/s or MB/s

15Mb or 15000000 bits/s= roughly 1.875MB/s or 187500 Bytes/s SLOW


The SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO cards have a minimum sustained write speed of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and a read speed of 10MB per second

this is 9-10 MB/s MUCH FASTER


to lay person the upper looks faster because of the larger number but is actually much slower because of the size of the data stream

there is no misinformation at the site its just 95% of people do not no how to interpert it or as we all did in the beginning missed what it actually said.

this is how they blow smoke up you pants or other portion of the anatomy.

all info taken from the sandisk website as is the info at newegg.

sdh Feb 4, 2005 3:37 PM

The other thing you need to determine is how fast the camera can feed the memory card. Depending on the camera's speed, you may or may not actually notice any real-use performance difference.

Nocontact Feb 4, 2005 5:05 PM

So it's the speed. That makes sense I guess but not enough for me to justify the price.
I study computers, I should have noticed that myself!

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