In October 2021, the “Nintendo Switch Organic EL Model” was newly added to the Nintendo Switch series.
When using a microSD card as a game installation destination on Nintendo Switch, I have introduced multiple times that a high-speed microSD card can obtain the same comfort as the built-in eMMC, but the organic EL model that will be the new Switch But is there such a tendency? Let’s verify if there is a difference in game loading time between the built-in eMMC and the high-speed microSD card.
The new Nintendo Switch, which is more vivid with an organic EL panel and has doubled the built-in eMMC to 64GB
Before starting the verification, I would like to briefly introduce the difference between the organic EL model and the existing model.
As the name suggests, the organic EL model is a model that uses an organic EL panel for the display. Compared to the IPS LCD panel installed in the conventional model, it realizes a clear display with higher contrast and vividness, and the size has been increased to 7 inches to improve visibility.
Also, as a big point related to this verification, the capacity of the built-in eMMC has doubled from 32GB of the conventional model to 64GB. The actual free space excluding the system area was about 53GB.
As an improvement from the conventional model, it is also a point that the angle of the built-in stand can be adjusted. There is no big difference when playing with a TV in dock mode, but it can be said that it is a model focused on “Switch as a portable game machine”.
“Samsung microSD EVO Plus” that can be bought at Nintendo’s official sales site256GB / 130MB / s high-speed microSDXC card available
“Samsung microSD EVO Plus” is used as an example of a high-speed microSD card.
A high-speed microSDXC card that supports the UHS-I standard. Models with 128GB or more support UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3), App Performance Class 2 (A2), and Video Speed Class 30 (V30). It claims to transfer up to 130MB / s in combination with an I DDR200 compatible card reader.
It can be purchased at the My Nintendo Store, and it can be said to be a “Nintendo-certified” product that is described as “a microSD card with a high reading speed (transfer speed) that allows you to play Nintendo Switch more comfortably.”
I prepared a 256GB model, and when I measured the speed using CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4, I was able to confirm a high-speed transfer speed, although it did not reach the nominal value because it is not a UHS-I DDR200 compatible reader environment. Random read also recorded a speed of 14MB / s in Q32 and over 12MB / s in Q1.
The capacity is available from 64GB, but if you are preparing for Nintendo Switch, we recommend the 256GB or 512GB model, which can afford to install multiple large titles and has a high speed. In the case of 256GB, if it is a domestic genuine product with a product warranty, you can purchase it at a low price store from around 4,500 yen.
|Samsung microSD EVO Plus|
|Maximum transfer rate||130MB/s|
|guarantee(Domestic genuine products only)||10 year limited warranty(Use with drive recorders and surveillance cameras is not guaranteed)|
“Animal Crossing: New Year’s Home Paradise” with a large DLC releasedMicroSD card outperforms built-in eMMC
At Animal Crossing, where the large DLC “Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise” was released, the loading time from the title screen was measured after purchasing the DLC.
The results are shown in the figure below, and the result is that the Samsung microSD EVO Plus is faster than the built-in eMMC. Since it is one of the titles with a long loading time, I would like to prepare a high-speed microSD for a more comfortable island life.
Verification at the battle royale “Apex Legends” where the new season has begunLoading time is even
In Apex Legends, where a new map was added in Season 11, in order to minimize the influence of line speed, matching was completed in a casual match-the load time until the other player’s standby screen was displayed was measured.
The result is as shown in the figure below, and it can be said that there is almost no difference between the built-in eMMC and Samsung microSD EVO Plus. Since the title with a large capacity that is updated every season will put pressure on the built-in eMMC, we recommend installing it in a large-capacity high-speed microSD if the speed difference is about this level.
Validated in the popular battle royale game “Fort Knight”Samsung microSD EVO Plus results slightly faster than the built-in eMMC
Let’s also verify with the popular battle royale game “Fort Knight”, which is also basically free. Here, I participated in the match and measured the time from moving to the loading screen to moving to the waiting island.
The results are shown below, which is almost the same as Apex Legends, but the result is that the Samsung microSD EVO Plus completes the load in a slightly shorter time than the built-in eMMC.
Again, the difference in load time between the built-in eMMC and the high-speed microSD card is small, and like Apex Legends, the capacity to be updated every season is large, so I would like to install it in a high-speed / large-capacity microSD.
Measured with the hunting action “Monster Hunter Rise”To the same tendency as the conventional model
In the hunting action game “Monster Hunter Rise”, the loading time from the time the quest was ordered and the time it departed to the time it arrived at the field was measured.
The result is as shown in the figure below, and the result is that the speed is higher in order according to the transfer speed. When comparing the built-in eMMC and the high-speed microSD card, there is a difference of less than 3 seconds, which is the same tendency as the conventional Switch, and the organic EL model has the same behavior. Monster Hunter Rise is a type of game where the storage speed is straightforward, so I want to prepare a microSD card that is as fast as possible.
Validated by Hack & Slash’s masterpiece remake “Diablo II Resurrected”Results according to transfer speed
Verification was also carried out in the masterpiece remake of Hack & Slash “Diablo II Resurrected”. This is a character created offline, and the load time from the title screen was measured.
The results are shown in the figure below, and the results were high in order according to the transfer speed. The time difference is not as great as Monster Hunter Rise, but it can be said that it is the result of the difference in transfer speed.
Verified with 46GB and Switch’s largest large-capacity title “NBA 2K22”As a result according to the transfer speed
Professional league official basketball game “NBA 2K22”. The title has a very large capacity of 46.1GB and is one of the titles that cannot be installed on the built-in eMMC with the conventional model. Here, we measured the load time of the quick match.
The results are shown in the figure below, and there was almost no difference in loading time. Although it is possible to install on the built-in eMMC with the organic EL model, the capacity is almost filled with this one when actually installing, so considering practicality, it is better to install it on a large capacity micor SD card. ..
Even with the organic EL model, the combination with a large capacity / high speed microSD card is still the bestPlay as good as the built-in eMMC with Samsung microSD EVO Plus
As far as the verification results of the “Nintendo Switch organic EL model” tested this time, it seems that the point that you can get the same comfort as the built-in eMMC if you use a high-speed microSD card is the same as the conventional Nintendo Switch. ..
Depending on the game title, a high-speed microSD card may be superior, but it can be said that the built-in eMMC and microSD card are equivalent or the speed relationship that eMMC is high speed is the same as the conventional Nintendo Switch.
Also, although the capacity of the eMMC of the organic EL model has doubled from the conventional model, considering that large capacity titles such as NBA 2K22 have appeared, the fact is that about 64GB is not enough. It may be said that the need for high-speed microSD cards is increasing.
The Samsung microSD EVO Plus used this time is one of the products that you can choose with confidence in terms of operation and warranty as it is also sold at Nintendo’s official store as well as performance. If you are looking for a microSD card that you can play games comfortably, please refer to this result.