FreeTail EVOKE Series CompactFlash Cards Capsule Review

Digital cameras and camcorders employ memory cards (flash-based removable media) for storage of captured content. There are different varieties of memory cards catering to various performance levels. CompactFlash (CF) became popular in the late 90s, but, has now been overtaken by Secure Digital (SD) cards. Despite that, cameras with CF card slots are still getting introduced into the market. Today, we will be taking a look at a couple of CF cards in the EVOKE series from FreeTail Tech.

Pengenalan

CompactFlash (CF) was introduced back in 1994 as a mass storage device format, and it turned out to be the most successful amongst the first set of such products. Electrically, it is based on a parallel ATA (PATA) interface, which means that there is hard transfer rate cap at 167 MBps. However, this is more than sufficient even for current-day 4K video encodes.

​Having been overtaken by Secure Digital (SD) cards in terms of volume shipment, the price per GB of CF cards is not very attractive. However, certain cameras leave the consumer with no choice. FreeTail Tech is aiming to serve this market segment with the EVOKE series of CF cards – the main push is in terms of value for money.

​There are two members in the EVOKE series – the EVOKE and EVOKE Pro. The former is the 800x variant, while the Pro is the 1066x variant. There are three capacity points in each – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. FreeTail sent over the 800x and 1006x 256GB models for review.

Buy FreeTail Tech EVOKE Pro 1066x CF Card on Amazon.com

Kaedah Pengujian dan Ujian Pengujian

Evaluation of memory cards is done on Windows with the testbed outlined in the table below. The USB 3.1 Type-C port enabled by the Intel Alpine Ridge controller is used for benchmarking purposes on the testbed side. CF cards utilize the Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash UDMA 7 USB 3.0 Reader. The reader was placed in the Lexar Professional Workflow HR2 hub and uplinked through its USB 3.0 port with the help of a USB 3.0 Type-A female to Type-C male cable.

Konfigurasi Ujian AnandTech DAS
MotherboardGIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH ATX
CPUIntel Core i5-6600K
MemoriG.Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-2133C15-8GRR
32 GB (4x 8GB)
DDR4-2133 @ 15-15-15-35
OS DriveSamsung SM951 MZVPV256 NVMe 256 GB
SATA DevicesCorsair Neutron XT SSD 480 GB
Intel SSD 730 Series 480 GB
Kad TambahanTiada
CasisMaster Cooler HAF XB EVO
PSUMaster Cooler V750 750 W
OSWindows 10 Pro x64
Terima kasih kepada Master Cooler, GIGABYTE, G.Skill dan Intel untuk membina komponen

Butir-butir lengkap tentang pemikiran di sebalik memilih komponen membina di atas boleh didapati di sini.

Akses Segera

FreeTail claims speeds of up to 160 MBps reads and 85 MBps writes for the 800x card. The 1066x one comes in at 160 MBps reads and 150 MBps writes. However, real-world speeds are bound to be lower. For most applications, that really doesn’t matter as long as the card is capable of sustaining the maximum possible rate at which the camera it is used in dumps data. We use fio beban kerja untuk mencontohi keadaan rakaman kamera biasa. Kami menjalankan beban kerja pada kad baru, dan juga selepas mensimulasikan penggunaan lanjutan. Nombor lebar jalur sejurus digelar. Ini memberi idea tentang konsistensi prestasi (sama ada terdapat penurunan dalam prestasi kerana jumlah data yang sedia ada meningkat dan / atau kad tertakluk kepada pemakaian dan pemadaman dari segi jumlah dan jenis menulis NAND). Pembenaran lanjut dan butiran parameter ujian tersedia di sini.

Freetail 1066x 256GBFreetail 800x 256GBLexar 1066x 128GB

Freetail 1066x 256GBFreetail 800x 256GBLexar 1066x 128GB

In the fresh state, the card exhibits very good consistency. The 1066x variant shows that it can handle sustained writes at around 110 MBps, and reads around 135 MBps. The corresponding numbers for the 800x variant are 70 MBps and 130 MBps. The other card that we have evaluated before (the Lexar 1066x 128GB) shows better consistency with reads, though overall benchmark numbers are roughly the same between the two 1066x cards.

​In the used card scenario, we see that the 800x card has no trouble retaining write consistency, but the 1066x card would occasionally go down to around 80 MBps from the 110 MBps fresh performance number. The read is more interesting. Both cards start off with numbers similar to the fresh case (around 130 MBps), but, end up at around 100 MBps after reading around one-sixth of the card capacity. The Lexar 1066x card doesn’t have any such issues

AnandTech DAS Suite - Konsistensi Prestasi

AnandTech DAS Suite melibatkan memindahkan sejumlah besar foto dan video ke dan dari peranti penyimpanan menggunakan robocopy. Ini diikuti dengan bebanan kerja terpilih dari penanda aras simpanan PCMark 8 untuk menilai senario seperti mengimport fail media terus ke dalam program pengeditan multimedia seperti Adobe Photoshop. Butiran ujian ini dari perspektif kad memori tersedia di sini.

Dalam subseksyen ini, kami berurusan dengan konsistensi prestasi sambil memproses segmen robocopy. Graf di bawah menunjukkan kadar pemindahan baca dan menulis ke kad memori semasa proses robocopy berlaku di latar belakang. Data untuk menulis ke kad tinggal di pemacu RAM di testbed. Tiga set pertama menulis dan membaca sesuai dengan suite foto. Jurang kecil (untuk pemindahan suite video dari pemacu utama ke pemacu RAM) diikuti oleh tiga set untuk set data seterusnya. Satu lagi jurang pemindahan RAM-drive diikuti oleh tiga set untuk folder Blu-ray. Grafik yang sepadan untuk kad yang serupa yang telah kami dinilai sebelum ini tersedia melalui pemilihan juntai.

Freetail 1066x 256GBFreetail 800x 256GBLexar 1066x 128GB

Both cards show that they can sustain 25 MBps+ even with a large number of small files. Large files (typical videos) make the card exhibit their best performance.

AnandTech DAS Suite - Bandwidth

The average transfer rates for each workload from the previous section is graphed below. Readers can get a quantitative number to compare the Freetail 1066x 256GB CF card against the ones that we have evaluated before.

robocopy - Foto Baca

robocopy - Tulis Foto

robocopy - Baca Video

robocopy - Tulis Video

robocopy - Blu-ray Folder Read

robocopy - Blu-ray Folder Write

The Lexar 1066x card has a slight edge in the write workloads, but reads often favor the FreeTail cards.

Kami juga melihat nombor bangku simpanan PCMark 8 dalam graf di bawah. Ambil perhatian bahawa nombor lebar jalur yang dilaporkan dalam hasil tidak melibatkan pemampatan masa terbiar. Keputusan mungkin kelihatan rendah, tetapi itu adalah sebahagian daripada ciri-ciri beban kerja. Perhatikan bahawa testbed yang sama sedang digunakan untuk semua kad ingatan. Oleh itu, membandingkan angka-angka untuk setiap jejak perlu dilakukan di seluruh kad yang berbeza.

robocopy - Photoshop Light Read

robocopy - Photoshop Light Write

robocopy - Photoshop Heavy Read

robocopy - Photoshop Write Berat

robocopy - After Effects Read

robocopy - After Effects Write

robocopy - Illustrator Read

robocopy - Illustrator Write

Pemulihan Prestasi

The traditional memory card use-case is to delete the files on it after the import process is completed. Some prefer to format the card either using the PC, or, through the options available in the camera menu. The first option is not a great one, given that flash-based storage devices run into bandwidth issues if garbage collection (processes such as TRIM) is not run regularly. Different memory cards have different ways to bring them to a fresh state.Based on our experience, CF cards have to be formatted after all the partitions are removed using the ‘clean’ command in diskpart.

Untuk menguji keberkesanan proses pemulihan prestasi, kami menjalankan beban kerja jujukan lalai dalam CrystalDiskMark sebelum dan selepas pemformatan. Perhatikan bahawa ini adalah pada akhir semua penanda aras kami berjalan, dan kad berada dalam keadaan yang digunakan pada permulaan proses. Petunjuk yang sama untuk kad serupa yang kami telah dinilai sebelumnya boleh didapati melalui pilihan drop-down.

Freetail 1066x 256GBFreetail 800x 256GBLexar 1066x 128GB

We find that CF cards don’t have significant performance loss after being subject to our stress test. Therefore, the performance gain from the refresh process is also minimal across all our tested cards.

Mengakhiri ucapan

The FreeTail 800x and 1066x cards perform as well as the Lexar 1066x cards for almost all relevant content capture workloads. The Lexar card does have the edge in some of the atypical benchmarks that are part of the PCMark 8 storage bench, but, it is highly unlikely that CF cards are going to be subject to such scenarios (SD cards are a different story, as they are often used in embedded systems and mobile devices).

In addition to raw performance and consistency, pricing is also an important aspect. This is particularly important in the casual user and semi-professional markets, where the value for money metric often trumps benchmark numbers. The table below presents the relevant data for the Freetail 1066x and 800x 256GB CF cards and other similar ones that we have evaluated before. The cards are ordered by the $/GB metric.

CF Cards – Pricing (as on June 15, 2017)
kadNombor modelKapasiti (GB)Harga jalan (USD)Harga setiap GB (USD / GB)
FreeTail 800x 256GBFTCF256A082561450.57
FreeTail 1066x 256GBFTCF256A102561710.67
Lexar 1066x 128GBLCF128CRBNA10661281100.86

We find that the FreeTaiil cards handily beat the Lexar one in the value proposition metric. Based on our testing, we have no qualms in recommending either FreeTail card for purchase. Semi-professional and casual users will find the pricing to be very attractive.

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Buy FreeTail Tech EVOKE Pro 1066x CF Card on Amazon.com

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