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TeamGroup T-Force Cardea 240GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 13, 2017 4:41 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: TeamGroup

Final Thoughts

 

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TeamGroup is well known for their innovative memory products, and they have a loyal following. This is their first NVMe SSD, and they are to be commended for taming the heat innovatively and attractively. The T-Force Cardea is just what the doctor ordered for desktops with limited airflow. The drives heat sink is large but well designed as to not interfere with your video card. The Cardea won't fit into any laptop that we know of, so if you are considering getting one for your laptop or a BRIX sized mini-PC, we would recommend against doing so.

 

Overall, we are well pleased with the performance we got from the Cardea on both our Intel and Ryzen platforms. The T-Force Cardea gave us what we wanted; excellent workload performance. E7 powered SSDs won us over long ago with their noticeably snappy performance, but Phison still hasn't given us what we know would make things even better - a dedicated NVMe driver.

 

 

In terms of pricing, we feel the T-Force Cardea is on-point at $129.99 especially in the midst of a NAND flash shortage. We often see lesser SSDs going for a lot more money. The Cardea's Toshiba MLC flash array is a cut above TLC flash of any flavor which is why it delivers better workload performance than the 250GB 960 EVO. The Cardea's heat sink is a really nice value-add in our opinion. Keeping temps in check adds longevity and reliability to any SSD. The Cardea has an excellent endurance rating and an MTBF of 2-million hours, which has us wondering why the Cardea only comes with a 3-year warranty. We would like to see a drive this robust have a 5-year warranty because we believe it will easily outlast its 3-year warranty.

 

Because TweakTown tests SSDs with the drive running as our system (OS) disk we are in a relatively unique position to comment on what matters most - user experience. In terms of user experience, the T-Force Cardea is a beast. Like we stated previously, E7 powered SSDs deliver a snappiness that few can match which translates to a tier-one user experience. You will understand this from the first time you boot your Cardea powered PC. Whatever you throw at the T-force Cardea, it will deliver blazing fast performance that will put a smile on your face which is why TeamGroup's T-Force Cardea 240GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Moderate Workload Performance
  • Premium Components
  • Sleek Design

 

Cons:

 

  • No SSD Management Tool Box
  • Three-Year Warranty

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality95%
Features90%
Value91%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: The T-Force Cardea is priced right, delivers excellent performance, and won't overheat.

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