Gobe was founded in 2012 by two Australian adventure photographers. They offer a range of Secure Digital and CompactFlash memory cards. The Gobe Magic 104MB/s is their top performing SD card with claimed 104MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds. Gobe Magic cards are available in 16, 32, 64GB capacities. This review is for the 64GB SDXC card.
Gobe's mission includes environmental conservation and supporting conservation efforts around the world. Their product packaging is minimal: a card in a jewel case with a bar code. Their distribution is direct to customers through their web site as well as Amazon and eBay.
Read and write speeds of the Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GB SDXC card were tested using a variety of USB 3.0 memory card readers. The claimed 104MB/s read speed happens to be the maximum bus speed provided by UHS-I; in actual use the host device and protocol overhead will reduce the actual speed. In card reader benchmark tests the Gobe Magic 64GB card attained 96.7 MB/s maximum sequential read speed. The maximum sequential write speed reached 89.2 MB/s. While the 104MB/s read speed was overly optimistic, the card nearly met the 90MB/s write speed claim.
Card: Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GB 64 GB
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GB 64 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader||96.670||86.968||88.848||24.149||6.309||1540.2||1.160||283.3|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II||96.652||87.652||89.055||25.340||6.349||1550.1||1.140||278.3|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||95.187||88.227||89.129||26.129||6.453||1575.3||1.157||282.4|
|Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader||95.083||88.079||89.144||17.685||6.340||1548.0||1.163||283.8|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer||94.937||87.185||88.774||24.895||6.423||1568.1||1.161||283.4|
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||94.868||88.005||89.109||21.373||6.305||1539.2||1.154||281.8|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||94.825||87.178||88.686||23.800||6.276||1532.1||1.084||264.7|
|Delkin Travel Reader||94.817||87.432||87.105||23.484||6.382||1558.0||1.147||279.9|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black||94.748||88.249||88.407||26.792||5.749||1403.5||1.043||254.6|
|Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II||94.739||87.747||88.671||23.298||6.265||1529.6||1.157||282.4|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader||94.500||89.203||88.759||21.831||5.867||1432.4||1.146||279.7|
|Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black||94.466||87.403||88.014||20.635||4.861||1186.7||1.014||247.4|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR1||94.398||87.440||87.913||25.062||5.635||1375.7||1.135||277.0|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||94.322||88.667||88.892||23.617||5.923||1445.9||1.067||260.5|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||92.312||85.857||78.512||25.604||4.040||986.4||0.955||233.1|
|Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader||92.029||84.638||85.222||14.965||5.667||1383.4||1.055||257.6|
|Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3||88.900||77.776||61.420||18.996||6.268||1530.3||1.253||305.8|
Results from testing in cameras will appear in the chart below.
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GB|
Tested in Camera
|Pentax K-3 II||36.6|
|Sony A7R II||35.0|
Gobe memory cards have a lifetime international warranty.
The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GB SD — Internal Card Information|
|Serial number (PSN)||4281335893|
|Product Name (PNM)||NCard|
|Manufacturer ID (MID)||0x000082|
|OEM ID (OID)||JT|
|Manufacture Date (MDT)||07/2014|
|Total capacity||64,289,243,136 bytes|
According to the internal card information this Gobe Magic SD card is produced by Sony. The card has manufacturer ID (82) and OEM ID (JT) of Sony and the card has the same product name (NCard) as other Sony SD cards, such as the Sony 95MB/s U3 SD card. Furthermore, the Gobe Magic card benchmarks are very similar to the aforementioned Sony 95MB/s card. The external appearance of the card including the yellow write protect slider can also be found on Sony brand SD cards. The Gobe cards are available at a much lower cost than comparable Sony cards.
Compare prices on the Gobe Magic 104MB/s card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s SD||16||$1.25||$20.00|
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s SD||32||$1.87||$59.95|
|Gobe Magic 104MB/s SD||64||$2.28||$145.99|