December 4, 2022

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ProGrade Digital announces its 3rd generation 320GB and 640GB CFast 2.0 Cobalt memory cards

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I bet you all thought CFast 2.0 was a dead format, right? Yes, me too. But there are still many devices on the market that use CFast 2.0 like the Blackmagic Pocket 4K or the XDynamics Evolve 2 drone (review here) so the cards are still needed. They may have been harder to come by as manufacturers dropped them from their lineup in favor of CFexpress. ProGrade is here to help.

They announced today their new 320GB and 640GB CFast 2.0 Cobalt series memory cards. They offer maximum read speeds of up to 550MB/s with minimum sustained write speeds of up to 470MB/s and burst write speeds of up to 520MB/s. More than sufficient for the needs of pretty much any camera still using CFast 2.0.

According to ProGrade, the new CFast 2.0 320GB and 640GB Cobalt cards contain optimized controllers specifically designed for use in high-end cameras. They feature error correction to detect and correct read and write errors in data transfer with wear leveling for maximum integrity and the longest possible lifespan. They also boast robust shock and X-ray resistance – although in fairness all memory cards should be X-ray resistant – with operating temperatures of 0-70°C.

Like all ProGrade memory cards, the new CFast 2.0 Cobalt cards are laser etched with a unique serial number. This allows the company to run quick compatibility checks to ensure the card you are using is rated for the device you intend to use it in, and provide a full history of the card’s capabilities and manufacturing process in the event of any customer service needs. And all cards come with a 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

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The new cards will likely be available for pre-order from usual retailers soon, with the 320GB card priced at $329.99 and the 640GB card at $599.99. Shipping is scheduled to begin at the end of December.

Are you still using devices that use CFast 2.0 memory cards?

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