dealspatriot class 10 32gb secure digital high…

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Very good final price but the Patriot rebate process is a real pain and it takes weeks to get the debit card.

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I've had no problem with rebates I've done through 4myrebate.com, the processor of this rebate. This is actually one of the easier rebates to do, given that you enter your information online ahead of time. (Best I've found as of late are the ones run by Zotec.) Providing you type in your information correctly it eliminates most all of the possibility of something getting mixed up, certainly that of someone not being able to read your writing. Online tracking of the status, emailed confirmation of receipt of materials... what more do you want? Yes, they take a while most likely the reason being is that by sitting on the money for a period they have the opportunity to earn some income on it, but that always seems to be the case unless there is an offer to pay a premium (i.e., get less rebate) for faster processing. I agree the credit card can be tricky to use every last cent on it and that may be part of the gimmick although at that point Amex and not Patriot/4myrebate have the funds.

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Rebate does run through tomorrow, maybe they'll open more stock. Keep an eye open.

Glad I submitted my order first and posted my comment second. :) I've already got my rebate docs printed, all I need is to do get the UPC attached, then scan my backup "evidence" copy and mail off.

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@pow: My opinion is the Staples Easy Rebate is the best method.

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I've had problems with this rebate. I bought it through Amazon for 15 and cannot pull up any of Patriot's rebate sites. Great!

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@gusvonpooch: Yes! Haven't done anything with a Staples rebate in a few years (think the last time was when I got 10 spindles of DVDRs for $4 TOTAL after rebate) but I do recall those as being pretty easy. I think since their system was all "in house" (you bought from Staples and they controlled the rebate as well) that since they already had your purchase in their database if memory serves basically all you had to do was go online and file the request? Can't remember if there was any more, but I do know since they had it all it was pretty easy. Must be why they offer that damn button. Since this is a rebate from offered by the manufacturer and they are using a 3rd party to fulfill, that breaks some of the links in the chain. 4myrebate has been good with purchases I made of both Patriot and Asus products, think I've used them 6+ times no issue.

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For those curious, here are the results of a CrystalDiskMark test I ran using the built in SD reader on a Dell Latitude E4310. No idea if that reader is good or bad for this test, but it is what I had available.

Sequential Read: 20.863 MB/s
Sequential Write: 12.304 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 19.499 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 0.990 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1): 1.986 MB/s [484.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1): 0.388 MB/s [94.6 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32): 1.844 MB/s [450.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32): 0.084 MB/s [20.6 IOPS]

Test: 1000 MB [F: 0.0% (0.0/29.9 GB)] (x5)
Date: 2012/11/30 15:17:50
OS: Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

The 512K random writes fall just under the class 10 speed. This ain't no SanDisk card, but for how I'll be using it (batch dumps of MP3 files for my car) it will be more than enough. Rebate was also mailed off today too, so we'll see how that goes.

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Whoops, edit that last comment that the 512K random write speed falls under 1/10 the class 10 speed. But any writing being done isn't likely to be random, I guess unless your card has become highly fragmented and I suspect the class rating is probably for sustained sequential write. For comparison, here is the same test run on the same laptop/reader of a Gigaram card I just recently got from Meritline (http://www.meritline.com/gigaram-32gb-150x-secure-digital-high-capacity-sdhc-card-class-10-model-sdhc-32gb-10---p-81864.aspx) for the same purpose.

Sequential Read: 21.552 MB/s
Sequential Write: 18.613 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 20.533 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 5.020 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1): 4.255 MB/s [1038.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1): 0.503 MB/s [122.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32): 4.207 MB/s [1027.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32): 0.524 MB/s [127.9 IOPS]

Test: 1000 MB [F: 0.0% (0.0/30.2 GB)] (x5)
Date: 2012/12/02 19:15:33
OS: Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

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