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Team Group T-Force Vulcan SSD Review (Page 1)

Team Group T-Force Vulcan SSD Review

T-Force chose the best components for consumer SATA SSDs and delivered a competitive drive.

Chris Ramseyer | Aug 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm CDT - 1 min, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Team GroupModel: VULCAN SSD

Introduction

Now that the other flash fabs have nearly equaled rival Samsung's V-NAND in performance, most companies now have the ability to build low-cost consumer products that compete for the performance crown. Samsung still has an advantage in NVMe performance, but the bus limited SATA spec means you can get class-leading performance from a number of different drives and that helped to drive down costs.

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For third-party manufacturers, those without significant flash or controller IP, the winning combination is the Silicon Motion, Inc. (SMI) SM2258 4-channel controller paired with Micron's 64L or 96L 3-bit per cell memory. This combination is open to just about any company willing to write a check, and many have released similar models. The most well-known with this configuration is the Crucial MX500, but that is mainly because it was the first to market thanks to Crucial's direct access to Micron's flash.

The Team Group T-Force Vulcan follows the same path with the controller and memory but costs around $10 less. Let's take a look at the fine details and see what you get in the package.

Specifications

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The Team Group T-Force Vulcan series comes to market in three capacities, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The company also has a Vulcan DRAM series that matches the design for those looking to build a themed computer or at least color match components.

The series uses the SMI SM2258 "G" variant 4-channel controller and Micron's mighty 3-bit per cell flash. As we've already mentioned, this is the same combination as the Crucial MX500, a SATA drive we often recommend when asked.

The Vulcan delivers very similar performance per the specifications. Every drive shows the same performance rating, 560MB/s sequential read, and 510 MB/s sequential write speeds. Random performance peaks at 90,000 IOPS read and 85,000 IOPS write.

Pricing, Warranty, and Endurance

The series starts at just $31.99 at Newegg. Amazon doesn't have the smallest size listed but does carry the $59.99 500GB Vulcan and the $99.99 1TB.

Team Group backs the series with a 3-year warranty, and that's a bit of a disappointment since most mainstream SSDs now ship with a 5-year warranty.

Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:29 am CDT

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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