While most of us typically associate the compact flash and SD form factors with our everyday devices, these solutions often have much higher purposes in the enterprise sector. One vendor that has been quite successful in this market is Renice.
Today, we have two distinct solutions from Renice, one of which is the 64GB S8 SDHC card, while the other is the 32GB H1 Compact flash solution. Each of these cards is marketed towards industrial use and feature MLC NAND flash. Additional features include SMART management, power fail protection, along with optional AES encryption and secure erase features.
Focusing on the 64GB S8 SDHC solution, marketing performance is set at 70 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write, while the 32GB H1 Compact Flash solution allows for 57 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write.
MSRP for the 64GB Renice S8 SDHC solution is set at $129.99, while the 32GB Renice H1 Compact Flash retails for $69.99. Each carry a three-year warranty.
Our sample of the Renice S8 came in open box form. Capacity is listed to the right at 64GB with the model number below.
The backside of the card shares no further information with us, instead just the standard pin out for the SD form factor.
Moving over to the H1 Compact Flash solution, we have the same blue on black design with just the model designation on the front.
The backside of the H1 carries all the specifics of the card. Here we have its capacity at 32GB, along with serial and part numbers.
The Renice S8 64GB SDHC solution is factory formatted with the exFAT file system. Useable capacity after formatting is 60.6GB
In testing the S8, we ran through CDM and found the card to reach just 1.3 MB/s read and 21 MB/s write. This is pretty far from the marketing numbers we discussed in the beginning of the review.
Price/performance for the Renice S8 put it at the very bottom of our charts at 14% due to both its lack of performance and very high price tag.
The Renice H1 32GB Compact Flash solution is factory formatted with the FAT32 file system. Useable capacity after formatting is 30.2GB.
Running the Renice H1 through CDM, we came in numbers much closer to marketing specifications at 52 MB/s read and 9 MB/s write.
Price/performance for the Renice H1 landed the memory card at the bottom of this chart as well, again due to the lack of performance and high cost.
While neither the S8 nor the H1 did very well in any of our performance testing, both of these cards are built to be reliable industrial solutions over typical consumer variants. To that fact, Renice has packed quite a few features into each of these cards including both static and dynamic wear levelling, among others mentioned in the introduction.
With that said, we simply cannot ignore the inability for either of these cards to reach marketing specifications. Our sample of the S8 SDHC was able to reach 1.3 MB/s read and 21 MB/s write, while it was fully intended to reach 70 MB/s read. Over to the Renice H1 solution, we reached 52 MB/s read and 9 MB/s write where this card is said to be capable of 57 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write. Of course, this in its entirety shows up in our price/performance chart where each of these solutions landed at the bottom of their respective chart.
Overall, the Renice S8 and H1 have a plethora of industrial features to improve reliability and increase longevity of the product. On the flip side, performance is terrible, especially in the case of the S8 where read performance peaked at 1.3 MB/s.
|Quality including Design and Build||70%|
|Bundle and Packaging||75%|
|Value for Money||50%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||66%|
The Bottom Line: If you can look past the dismal performance of each of these solutions, both the Renice S8 and H1 memory cards carry quite a few solid industrial features for the price point.
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