Time to settle this. Does the class of an SDHC card make a difference for games?

#11blh88Posted 3/26/2013 3:41:14 PM
warlord3 posted...
Class doesn't matter as much as speed, and speed is expensive. A cheap Class 10 is equivalent speed wise to an expensive Class 4 or 6. The difference between a cheap Class 10 and an expensive one is about $10- $15 for a 32GB or about 50% .


"Class" is a general measurement of the speed....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speeds
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#12blh88Posted 3/26/2013 3:45:35 PM
Sorry for double-post but to answer the TC.... Yes, the speed does matter. Anytime the game is being played, the system is reading from the SD card. Anytime you're saving, it's writing to the SD card.

The speed of the SD card is going to make a huge difference. In short, it will reduce load and save times.
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#13sarevokmbPosted 3/26/2013 3:51:56 PM
Does the class matter? Absolutely. Why would anyone ever think it wouldn't matter? We've seen it proven with other game systems, like the PSP, so why wouldn't it be true for the 3DS. It is absolutely worth the small increment of investment to go for Class 10.


The following video is absolute, definitive proof that SD Card Class DOES have an effect on the loading times of games. Whether or not it is significant , and worth the extra money is up to you.

Larger capacity cards have slower read times than smaller ones. If you plan on upgrading capacity, but not class, expect to see considerably slower load and save times than you are used to with your current card.

This is a one time investment. Spend a bit more, and you will thank yourself later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQSVrjBkDf8
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#14warlord3Posted 3/26/2013 4:04:48 PM(edited)
blh88 posted...
warlord3 posted...
Class doesn't matter as much as speed, and speed is expensive. A cheap Class 10 is equivalent speed wise to an expensive Class 4 or 6. The difference between a cheap Class 10 and an expensive one is about $10- $15 for a 32GB or about 50% .


"Class" is a general measurement of the speed....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speeds


Class dictates that a card meets a minimum speed. Class 10 is 10MB per second minimum, but some Class 10 cards like the Sandisk Extreme are 45MB per second. Wouldn't you rather go by actual speed instead of minimum speed?
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#15PhoenixRush(Topic Creator)Posted 3/26/2013 5:32:23 PM
Does a higher class make a difference in how the game itself runs as well? For instance, Harvest Moon A New Beginning kind of chugs a bit during the winter. Would that be fixed with a class 10? Also what is a very good brand to go with? I want to make the absolute best choice.
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