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Unknown Part Number? "New Gen" made in Malaysia. Is it worth it? Full Review!
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
This product review is for the 128Gb - New Gen Model.
The product seems to be accurate to others. Non yellow tab indicates not a fake card at first glance. However, this does not seem to be an issue with the "New Gen" cards though.
Product has non-embossed label on the back labeled "Made In Malaysia".
The only thing that throws me for a loop is the part number. The only thing that makes sense is that this card is NOT a US market card, which could very well be why some people have issues with US market cameras. I would highly suggest formatting the card before first time use. I 'scoured' the SanDisk website, going through different regions, and couldn't seem to find the SDSDXXY-128G-GN4IN model number. My "google-foo" also doesn't really reveal any hard evidence of it being a legitimate model number. The only legitimate model numbers I can accurately find are in between what this card represents, which are the following: SDSDXXG-128G-GN4IN, SDSDXXY-128G-ANCIN, & SDSDXXG-128G-ANCIN. Also, oddly enough, even Singapore (in Malaysia) doesn't carry the model number.
Are we all getting duped, who knows? Do they work, seems to be hit or miss. Is it worth the hassle, probably not. Which is why I'm giving this 3 stars.
Will do some further testing to verify it they actually work as advertised. If not, I'll stop being a cheap-o and just fork out the mulah for actual retail ones.
I'll be back.
Ok, I'm back. I decided to order a couple US market versions of these cards from Best Buy (black Friday sale was actually cheaper than this Amazon version). The model number is obviously different. The packaging is different as well. The card comes in a combination of the 'old gen' cardboard packaging with the 'new gen' plastic sleeve w/ pull plastic inserted, sandwiched between the cardboard. As pictured, the 'new gen' model here comes in that kind of sleeve, but in an actual box.
Interestingly enough, both the Best Buy and 'new gen' Amazon cards are IDENTICAL. Same alphanumeric combo written on the back and both say "Made In Malaysia".
After testing all the cards, they all produce the same read/write speed. It's VERY important to note that to get max performance out of these cards, it is crucial you use a USB 3.0 input with an UHS-I compatible reader.
Regardless if these Amazon cards are knock-offs or not, the new gen appear to be identical to the US market cards, and they perform the same. Therefor, I'm bumping up to 4 stars. Minus one star for having a weird part number that seems to be illegitimate, and for the fact that despite all this research, you can actually go for the peace of mind and get the US market card for the same price during certain times of the year. Take your pick.