Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD Review


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Final Thoughts & Conclusion

I’m impressed with the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD. It’s the fastest SD card I have ever used. I even took some of my random zipped files, 11 in total, which came out to be 4GB worth of files and transferred them from the PC to the card, with the Windows meter showing transfer rates going from 50 to 80 MB/s. That was the fastest transfer of 4GB worth of files I have done with anything connected to a USB port.

The Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD is a solid performer and dealt with the heat of the desert without any problems. The applications for such extreme temperature ranges are almost limitless. The ability to stay submerged in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes is nice for anyone that likes to take pictures or videos while doing water sports.

It’s even good for traveling, since the airport x-ray machine won’t damage this MicroSD card. Although, flash storage can theoretically be changed by airport x-rays, causing stored cells to change from a 1 to a 0, which could cause data corruption if it was to happen to enough cells. This almost never happens even with unprotected flash media, but Kingston has you covered with the Industrial Temperature MicroSD, just in case.

In conclusion, Kingston has made a very fine product that can be used in a wide variety of environments and survive while recording and delivering your data to you very fast.


The performance of the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD was every bit as advertised and even a bit more. It is rated for 90 MB/s read and 45 MB/s write speeds, and it exceeded those numbers in my benchmarks.

The Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD appearance is rather plain, but to be fair, it is a MicroSD card. There isn’t a lot of space to print fancy graphics onto it.

Construction of the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD feels solid. Considering it’s only 1mm thick, I wouldn’t try to bend it or subject it to any weight stacked on it.

The functionality of the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD is perfect. The SD adapter did hamper performance by about 50% when testing USB 3.0. It never hampered video recording or picture taking on my Canon Powershot. I recommend that you transfer data from this MicroSD without the adapter for maximum throughput. In any event, this may just be an anomaly that I experienced with the SD adapter. Without other cards to compare I can’t say this is a definite issue.

The value of the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD is a hard one to discern. There are plenty of MicroSDs on the market that can match the speed of the Industrial Temperature at half the price. But, they are also not as rigorously tested and built to handle the extremes of temperatures as the Industrial Temperature either. It’s value lies mostly in it’s ability to survive rugged extremes.

At the time of this writing the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD is priced for $47.03 (NewEggAmazon).

I would recommend the Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD to anyone who is working in or needs to put this MicroSD card in an extreme environment. Otherwise, you can get the same performance from other MicroSD cards for a lot less.

Pros: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Industrial grade for extreme environments
+ UHS-I speed
+ High insertion rating


– SD adapter slowed transfer speeds
– Cost


  • Performance: 10.0
  • Appearance: 8.0
  • Construction: 9.0
  • Functionality: 9.5
  • Value: 7.5

Final Score: 8.8 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.




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  1. JuanPC

    industrial temperature is 105°C, 85°C rating is “standard” for capacitors, intel CPU´s safe limit is 81°C, memory is sensible to temperature, example; OCZ Agility 4 self shutdowns when temperatures are high, also others, Samsung 850 Pro uses the aluminium case as a shell, not as a heatsink, probably because other components in a laptop could overheat the memory.
    Anyway… U1 is not fast enough to record video at 100Mbps.
    U3 required.
    hdtune not tested?

  2. Jason Maxfield

    The information on Kingston’s site and it’s data sheet says 85°C. That’s why it’s in the article. Since this information is from Kingston directly, I would consult with them if you think this is an error.

    I do not own HD Tune, and the free trial version does not include write benchmarks.

    I’m not sure why you would comment that U1 is not fast enough for recording video at 100Mbps. I never stated it would write that fast, nor did any of my benchmarks.

    Clearly, U1 is designed to handle 1080p. My Canon camera and ZTE smart phone recorded 1080p video just fine @30fps. U3 would be needed for 4K and probably 1080p @60FPS.

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