Team Group: Thunderbolt SSD and PCIe 4.0 SSD with PCIe 3.0 speed

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Team Group: Thunderbolt SSD and PCIe 4.0 SSD with PCIe 3.0 speed

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Team Group has introduced an external SSD with Thunderbolt 3 for data transfers at up to 2,700 MB / s. The T-Create Classic offers storage capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB or 4 TB. The T-Force Cardea Z44L in M.2 format is intended for internal use, which supports PCIe 4.0 but does not use it to the full for a long time.

T-Create Classic SSD with Thunderbolt 3

The external SSD T-Create Classic supports the protocols Thunderbolt 3 and 4 as well as USB 3.2 Gen 2. If the SSD is connected to the system via its USB Type-C connector, the appropriate interface is automatically selected. The maximum throughput rate of 2,700 MB / s is only available with Thunderbolt; Team Group promises only 900 MB / s via USB 3.2.

  • T-Create Classic SSD with Thunderbolt 3

    T-Create Classic SSD with Thunderbolt 3 (Image: Team Group)

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    The aluminum housing is used for protection as well as cooling. With dimensions of 109.5 × 65 × 15 mm (L × W × H), the SSD weighs 180 grams, which is slightly more than Samsung’s Portable SSD X5 (test), but significantly less than the Rocket XTRM-Q from Sabrent.

    With the T-Create Classic Team Group claims that it is primarily targeting developers and is demanding around US $ 250 for 1 TB, US $ 450 for 2 TB and US $ 900 for 4 TB of storage space. The SSDs should be available at the end of September.

    Cardea Z44L does not use PCIe 4.0

    With the new Cardea Z44L, Team Group proves that an SSD with PCIe 4.0 does not necessarily have to be faster than one with PCIe 3.0. Because this supports PCIe 4.0 x4, which enables transfer rates of over 7,000 MB / s, but the potential is not nearly fully exploited. SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x4 also manage a maximum of 3,500 MB / s for reading and 3,000 MB / s for writing. The same applies to the 263,000 / 382,000 IOPS for random read / write. The values ​​apply to the model with 1 TB of storage space. The variant with 500 GB is slower.

  • T-Force Cardea Z44L SSD

    T-Force Cardea Z44L SSD (Image: Team Group)

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    The NAND flash should be a 3D TLC NAND with three bits per memory cell; the controller is not named. A layer of graphene should help with cooling, as is already used in other SSDs from the manufacturer.

    Also at the end of September, the Cardea Z44L in the T-Force series should be available for gamers and then cost around 75 US dollars (500 GB) and 167 US dollars (1 TB).

    It usually takes a while for Team Group’s products to appear in Germany after the US launch.

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