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SanDisk makes Extreme CF cards more extreme

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What follows three? Four of course, or as SanDisk prefers…IV. Yup, it’s a new set of Roman Numerals for a new line of Extreme CompactFlash (CF) cards from the flash memory behemoth. Available in two, four and 8GB capacities the new cards have a claimed minimum read and write speed of 40MB/sec currently making these “the fastest cards in the world”, according to Tanya Chuang, SanDisk’s Senior Retail Product Marketing Manager.

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That said, many of us are unlikely to see these kinds of speeds when transferring images with our bog-standard card readers. So to address this issue of compatibility SanDisk has simultaneously launched its Extreme FireWire reader. Use the new cards with the new reader (and a FireWire 800-enabled system) and your card-to-computer image transfer rates should nudge 40MB/sec (or 20MB/sec for FireWire 400). Good news if your “copying” progress bar is lengthening at a rate that makes drying paint look fast.

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For a limited time, the company is also offering an introductory bundle pack that includes a 4GB SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash card and the SanDisk Extreme FireWire reader (with cables). The price for that is yet to be finalised, but you’re looking at RRPs of £35.25 (including VAT) for the Extreme FireWire reader and £105.75, £205.63 and £399.50 for the 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB Extreme IV cards, respectively.

Other Extreme IV features include rugged construction, updated firmware/controller technology, an operating temperature that covers -25C to 85C, and a free 30-day trial version of Adobe Photoshop CS2 if you live in the US or Europe.

Look out for a review soon, but in the meantime let’s guess the name of the next Extreme cards? Hmm, what follows four...?

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