Thunderbolt Card Reader?

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  1. NikonD3s macrumors newbie

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    I just got a 15" MBP. I have a USB 2 card reader. Should I wait for a Thunderbolt card reader or get a FW800 CF card reader?
     
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    Stick with USB. Memory cards are slow, FW or TB won't make transfers any faster. A TB card reader would cost over $100 to produce due to the cost of the TB electronics, so it won't happen soon.

    Edit: Just read that CF 6.0 has speeds up to 167Mbytes/s, faster than both USB2 and FW800. I still wouldn't expect TB in anything other than RAID storage for another year.
     
  3. NikonD3s thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What I've read is that USB 2 is 40MBps and FW800 is 90MBps sustained throughput. What is CF 6.0?
     
  4. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    I think he's referring to compact flash?
     
  5. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

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    Go with Firewire for now, assuming you have fast CF cards.
     
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    Which Firewire card reader would you recommend?
     
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  9. dg28com macrumors newbie

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    I have two of the Sandisk readers as well - excellent kit. I also have a Delkin Devices FW800 card reader that is very quick and a USB2.0 Lexar UDMA reader and with 60MB/s Sandisk Extreme cards the FW800 readers are very nearly twice as fast as the USB 2.0.
     

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