I’m in the market of storage for my new Rock Pi 4A which I’m going to use as the dedicated smart home controller. So the speed is not important but the endurance is, I could even remove the GUI completely since I’ll run it headless anyway.
In my mind microSD or any memory card is not made to last, so I ordered the M.2 extension board and planning to use SSD as the root file system just for that reason. Actually, I just learned using non high endurance microSD cards in Pi-like devices will void the warranty, according to SanDisk customer service.
I was totally surprised when doing a little homework on high endurance microSDs. I picked the products from 3 well established brands: Samsung, SanDisk and Kingston, here are the numbers (Samsung 970 Evo Plus is listed as reference):
I even thought it might be typos on Samsung part, but apparently it’s not, the warranty says it all. For the 128GB version, 43,800 hours of “full HD video recording” time make exactly 5 years.
Screenshot: warranty periods from Samsung’s website
Here are the image of the products in the comparison: