SD Express cards are removable storage cards that can fit in the same slot as other SD or microSD cards. But thanks to support for PCIe and NVMe interfaces, they can offer much higher data transfer speeds.

And now the SD Association has unveiled a new version of the SD specification which doubles the top speed of microSD Express cards, from 985MB/s to 1,969MB/s (or nearly 2GB/s if you care to round up). Full-sized SD cards support even higher speeds up to 4GB/s, but who has room for a postage stamp-sized card these days?

SD Association

microSD Express Doubles Speeds, New SD Express Speed Classes Introduced [Press release]

The SD 9.1 specification brings support for microSD Express cards with speeds up to 2GB/s, or twice the previous top speed introduced in the SD 9.1 spec. It does this via a PCIe Gen4 x1 lane. The SD Association has also unveiled four new SD Express classes with minimum speeds ranging from 150 MB/s to 600 MB/s. You can find more details in the SD Association’s press release or white paper. 

SD Association

AMD Introduces New AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Processors and Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000 WX-Series Processors for the Ultimate Workstation [AMD]

AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper 7000 chips are 350W desktop processors with consumer models offering up to 64 cores, 128 threads, and 320MB total cache and “Pro” models with up to 96 cores, 192 threads, and 480MB cache.

AMD Threadripper PRO 7000 Series

ProcessorCores/ThreadsBoost/Base Frequency Total
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX96 / 192Up to 5.1 / 2.5 GHz480MB350W
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7985WX64 / 128Up to 5.1 / 3.2 GHz320MB350W
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7975WX32 / 64Up to 5.3 / 4.0 GHz160MB350W
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7965WX24 / 48Up to 5.3 / 4.2 GHz152MB350W
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7955WX16 / 32Up to 5.3 / 4.5 GHz80MB350W
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7945WX12 / 24Up to 5.3 / 4.7 GHz76MB350W

AMD Threadripper 7000 Series

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X64 / 128Up to 5.1 / 3.2 GHz320MB350W$4,999
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7970X32 / 64Up to 5.3 / 4.0 GHz160MB350W$2,499
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7960X24 / 48Up to 5.3 / 4.2 GHz152MB350W$1,499

From your phone to the TV, get a taste of the latest YouTube updates [YouTube]

YouTube is rolling out a bunch of new features for its mobile, TV, and desktop apps, including tap-for-2X fast forwarding, lock your screen to avoid accidental taps interrupting playback, search for a song by humming or singing, and more.

Rugged fanless Alder Lake-N mini PC features 6x RS232/422/485 ports, dual 2.5GbE, dual HDMI [CNX Software]

This fanless mini PC is designed for industrial applications and includes some ports consumers probably don’t need. But with dual 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports, and up to an Intel Core i3-N305 processor, it looks like a versatile little machine.

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  1. Typo:
    “1,969MB/s (or nearly 2MB/s if you care to round up)”

    Meanwhile, UHS-II micro-SD cards/readers are rare and I haven’t personally seen a UHS-III micro-SD card reader. If you find one, it’s very expensive. How long have these standards been around?

    1. UHS II was released in 2011 and III in 2017. I tend not to use them, but I also don’t record much video. In most of my use cases for SD cards, capacity ends up being more important than transfer speed.

    2. I use my SD card in my handheld PCs as additional main storage and would love to see at least these older standards being implemented. Let alone this new one. Hopefully it becomes more common so prices go down too.

      The current speeds in most devices/cards have not kept up with the capacity increases making my use cases for these cards fairly painful.

    3. I’ve been wondering the same. SD Express and Micro SD Express have been around respectively since 2018 and 2019. I can only suppose that they’re releasing this stuff for a small userbase of professionals, but I’m not even sure whether that’s actually the case.

    4. I definitely want the speeds to increase. I feel the speed of actual cards generally has not been keeping up with the capacity increases. At least for my use cases.

    5. Maybe we can hope the gaming handheld space becomes a large enough market to target for higher SD card speeds where many opt to use SD cards over upgrading the SSD. Install times slow to a crawl because of how slow the IO is where it’s more of a bottleneck than your download speed. When you buy a game, you usually want to play as soon as possible.

      I believe the ROG Ally is currently the only one with a UHS-II micro-SD card reader. Although I’m not sure if the earlier reader issues ever got resolved.