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SanDisk CompactFlash gets bigger, faster

New 32GB Extreme III card ups transfer rate to 30MB/sec


Despite rumors of a buyout, it's memory business as usual for SanDisk, and that includes a new 32GB Extreme III CompactFlash card.

Like its 16GB sibling, the 32GB card is stuck in branding limbo: faster than the standard 20MB per second Extreme III flash and slower than the 40MB per second Extreme IV cards, the 30MB per second 16GB and 32GB cards suffer the ID indignity of needing the speed printed right on the label. The 32GB card will cost you $299 when it ships in October. Unfortunately, as SanDisk doesn't currently offer a 16GB or 32GB Extreme IV or slower Extreme III, I can't tell you whether it's worth the extra bucks.