When I upgraded to the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 reader, from a USB 2.0 reader, the transfer speed of reading the files to the computer went from about 20Mb/s to about 40 Mb/s using the Sandisk Extreme Pro UDMA 6, 90Mb/s. When I used the Lexar 1000x UDMA 7 card, the speed went up to 120 Mb/s. This is 3 times faster than the Sandisk and a huge difference when downloading a cardful of 45 Mb size files.
Nice! I just got a replacement for my internal card reader that supports USB 3.0, but haven't installed it yet. Gotta get that done soon. Wondering how fast it's going to be with my Lexar 600x SD card.
>Nice! I just got a replacement for my internal card reader >that supports USB 3.0, but haven't installed it yet. Gotta get >that done soon. Wondering how fast it's going to be with my >Lexar 600x SD card.
Did your PC have internal USB 3, or did the new reader come with a card? What brand is it?
I also upgraded to USB 3.0 for card reader and hard disks. The speed increase makes life so much easier. I also quit converting to DNG format while transfer from CF card to computer. What a waste of time that was!
You have to be sure and upgrade the entire load path or you do not get the highest transfer speeds.
I actually don't worry about external drives to be very fast - I've got a home network with a file server which keeps the data. And I don't really care if backups to external drives take few hours instead of one - it's all done automatically and at night.
But for an average user - yes, upgrading all the components to be faster, as you suggest, is essential if they want to waste less time.
Lexar reader USB 3.0 reading from Topram 600x 64gb cards doing it 2 RAW files per second or about 11 minutes for 1300 files. If files are smaller like from Canon 7d or 5D2 it will do 4 RAW files per second.