March 27

The Best Micro SD Cards For The Nintendo Switch


With the Nintendo Switch only having 32GB of internal storage, you’ll want to get a Micro SD card to supplement your digital downloads, but which one do you buy? 

We’ve rounded up eight of the best Micro SD cards on the market to steer you in the right direction.

What Micro SD cards to look out for

The Nintendo Switch supports cards up to two terabytes and Nintendo recommends a UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) Micro SD solution for the system. Also abbreviated UHS-1, the cards hit minimum write speeds of 10MB/s. While UHS-3 cards are faster, which write at a minimum of 30MB/s, the speed difference between the two types of cards is negligible when it comes to booting games. From our tests, we noticed a memory bottleneck. This means that, for the Switch, you shouldn’t feel the need to pay the extra premium for more expensive UHS-3 cards, as it will not improve boot times.

Aside from making sure you get a UHS-1 Micro SD solution, you should focus on getting enough storage for your needs and pay attention to price per gigabyte. We’ve ranked the Micro SD cards accordingly in our gallery here.

Testing Methodology

To test the Micro SD cards, we downloaded The King of Fighters ‘98 onto all eight of our cards and performed a boot test to see how fast each card loaded the game. As you’ll see in the following slides, performance across all cards is largely the same.


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