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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

ATTO

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.05

 

ATTO is a timeless benchmark used to provide manufacturers with data used for marketing storage products. When evaluating ATTO performance, we focus on the drive's performance curve.

 

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As we typically see, our Intel platform delivers far better small-file performance than our Ryzen platform. In the unlikely event that you are working with compressible data, the Cardea, like all Phison E7 powered SSDs will deliver vastly superior write performance at 240GB.

 

Sequential Write

 

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Graphing the performance curve shows the 240GB Cardea giving the more powerful MDD BPX a run for the money. We give the 960 EVO the win on this one because it has the best small-file performance of the bunch.

 

Sequential Read

 

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The Cardea delivers excellent compressible read performance on both platforms. Unsurprisingly, the Cardea running on our Intel platform closely shadows the MDD BPX 480GB. The Cardea is delivering pretty good small-file performance, but not nearly as good as we are getting from the RD400, EVO, and 950 Pro.

 

 

 

Anvil Storage Utilities

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

 

Anvil's Storage Utilities is a storage benchmark designed to measure the storage performance of SSDs. The Standard Storage Benchmark performs a series of tests; you can run a full test or just the read or write test, or you can run a single test, i.e. 4k QD16. When evaluating performance with Anvils, we focus on total score. When evaluating NVMe SSDs, we are typically looking for a minimum total score of over 10K.

 

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Scoring

 

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The Cardea running on our Intel platform gives us our 10K and then some. Running on Ryzen, the Cardea like many others cannot give us the 10K minimum score we are looking for. The Cardea on our Intel platform delivers the goods better than most of the SSDs that comprise our test pool. It runs essentially even with OCZ's powerful RD400 256GB. The BPX and the EVO deliver better scores; the BPX because it has a capacity advantage, the EVO because of its superior random performance at high queue depths.

 

(Anvil) Read IOPS through Queue Depth Scale

 

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With our Intel platform, we are able to attain 193K random read IOPS at QD32. With our AMD Ryzen platform, we are able to attain 192K random read IOPS at QD32. Keep in mind that this is our OS disk and it is 75% full. Both platforms deliver random performance that is higher than factory specification.

 

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The Cardea performs similarly on both of our testing platforms. The Intel platform maintains a slight performance advantage at lower queue depths. The Cardea is able to best the Plextor M8Pe and Intel's 600p. The Cardea runs extremely well up to QD16 and falls off at higher queue depths. This is just fine by us because performance at queue depths of 1-4 is what matters most.

 

(Anvil) Write IOPS through Queue Scale

 

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With our Intel platform, we are able to attain 178K random write IOPS at QD32. With our AMD Ryzen platform, we are able to attain 173K random write IOPS at QD32. Keep in mind that this is our OS disk and it is 75% full. Both platforms deliver random performance that is higher than factory specification.

 

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The Cardea is bringing up the rear on both platforms at QD1-2. The Cardea running on our Intel platform does manage to overtake the RD400 at QD4-8 and the M8Pe at QD4-16. We would like to see better random performance from the Cardea at QD1-2.

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