- When buying a SD card, most people just gofor the highest capacity possible at the cheapest price.
And in most cases this is all they have to do.
But some SD cards, and micro SD cards, tout faster speedsand of course cost way more money.
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Now on to what you came here for, SD cards.
My number one priority when buying flash mediais the manufacturer.
There's a whole lot of cheapo garbage out thereand it's kinda hard to keep track of it all.
I pretty much just stick to SanDisk,and they're a very popular manufacturer.
So this video is only going to be talking about their cards.
This video is not sponsored by them.
Although it could have been, SanDisk.
Samsung is another great card manufacturer.
Just stay way from generic ones,like this one that literally calls itself Generic.
And stay off of Ebay.
Because they will literally lie to youabout the size of the cards.
And they can easily spoof what the size comes upas on your computer or on your Switch.
So it'll say that it is one size when it is really another.
Just buy it from a trusted manufacturer.
SanDisk also makes a Nintendo Switch branded card.
Which is marked all the way up just becauseit says Nintendo Switch on it.
This card does have a very slight leg up over other cards,but I'm gonna talk about why that is later,and why that barely matters.
I started off with this SanDisk Ultra 200 gigabyte cardthat I got a pretty good deal on whenthe Switch first came out,but now I'm starting to run out of storage.
So I've since upgraded to this 400 gigabyte,which is also a SanDisk Ultra,even though it's a different color.
These are great cards if you need a lot of spaceand you don't wanna break the bank.
You see all that crap written all over the card?All this crap is what determines the price of the card.
The little 10 in the circle and the one in the Urefers to the speed class.
They mean basically the same thing.
I think the black one is the older version.
But these two cards seem to be more or less the same.
The gray and red version of the 200 gigabyte cardactually is cheaper than the black version.
So just get that one.
The Nintendo branded SD card is speed class 3.
This means that it's minimum write speedis 30 megabits per second as opposedto 10 megabits per second.
So it's ever so slightly faster.
But Nintendo themselves recommends USH one cardson their website.
So this spec seems pretty arbitrary.
It might not even make a differenceon the Switch in practical use.
And if it does it'll be very minimal.
Again this is just the minimum write speed.
It's not the maximum write speed.
It's the minimum.
In our case write speed really isn't all important to us.
It only really matters when downloading a game or an update.
And at that point you're more bottle neckedby your internet speeds.
Save that it doesn't even save to the micro SD card.
It saves to the Switch's internal memory.
Read speed is what determines your load speedand that is capped at 100 megabits per secondacross all of these micro SD cards.
So right now it looks like the SanDisk Ultrais most bang for your buck.
Get whatever size you think works for you.
I think 200 gigabytes is more than enough for most of you.
It's a great balance of speed, price and size.
But if you're out there buying every single gamethat comes out, good or bad, like I have to,then you might need to get the biggest capacity you can get.
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But if performance is your concernSanDisk makes this Extreme PRO card.
Their naming convention is very confusingbecause there's a bunch of different cards that arenamed Extreme PRO but this is fast one.
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This particular card --God damn it.
Has what they're callingthe world's fastest transfer speeds.
It clocks in at a whopping 275 megabits per second.
That's almost three times as muchas the other cards we talked about.
Write speeds cap at a 100 megabits per second.
Which is still pretty damn fast but not nearlyas impressive and not even of any interest to us at all.
But does all this speed even matter on a Switch?Don't worry.
I tested it all out for you.
You don't have to do a damn thing.
I compared the load times on Super Mario Odysseyand Mega Man 11 on a fresh bootand with the system already on.
And the results are very disappointing.
There is seemingly no difference.
There's a slight speed bump on the second bootso we know the test is at least working.
But all in all, the transfer speed does not matter here.
I think what's going on here is that the Switchis capping data speeds at 95 megabits per second.
This card right here is UHS twoand I think the Switch only supports UHS one.
So the only thing that matters is that your cardhas a read write speed of over 95 megabits per second.
Anything more than that is just a waste of money.
Even if this card was any faster,it's size and it's price really tanks it's usefulness.
You just can't beat the convenienceof having a nice big, fat card.
There are also micro SD cards that are rated for gaming.
Linus Tech Tips has a great video on one of these and,spoiler alert, even in a phone that doesn'thave any data caps,it barely makes a difference.
So even if it could do anything on the Switch,which it wouldn't,but if it could do anything on the Switch,it still wouldn't even be worth getting.
Generally if a product has gamer needlessly slappedon the box I tend to dismiss it immediately.
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So save your money get one of the regularold SanDisk Ultras that's the right priceand size for you.
This will be especially importantwhen Black Friday rolls around and flash mediagoes on sale across the board.
Don't fall for one of the cheapo ones.
So what do you guys think about flash storagefor your Switch?I bet you didn't think you'd be learning about that today.
I guess this goes across all devices though.
Some devices just don't support all the bellsand whistles that these SD cardsand micro SD cards have.
And in your lifetime of Switch ownershiphave you needed to upgrade yours like I did?Leave it in the comments below.
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