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Team Group T-Force Cardea II M.2 SSD Review (Page 8)

Chris Ramseyer | Aug 10, 2019 at 04:42 pm CDT - 1 min, 18 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Team GroupModel: CARDEA II

Final Thoughts

It's difficult to determine the overall value of the 512GB Team Group T-Force Cardea II we tested today without retail pricing. The previous Cardea didn't carry a large premium over the model sold without the heat sink. For the first time, Team Group has three tiers with an NVMe SSD with the MP34 (base model), Cardea II, and the recently announced Cardea Liquid (flagship model). With low SSD prices and shoppers unwillingness to splurge on storage, we see the MP34 and Cardea II very close in price.

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For most users, the heat sink will offer little value under daily usage. Gamers will not see a noticeable improvement in load times, but can expect reduced game installation times when the drive reads and writes downloaded files while compiling the folder directory (installing the game). For most gamers, this is the most intensive task performed on the PC, and saving a few seconds to a few minutes for triple-A titles is a nice benefit.

The original Cardea was one of my favorite drives that came to market in 2017. The Phison E12 doesn't generate as much heat as the E7, but it never hurts to cool your SSD if the additional cost is reasonable. Drive that sit under video cards that reduce airflow to the SSD benefit the most from having a heat sink. That encompasses most gamers these days. Casual gamers can save a few dollars, but if you want to shave some time from your long installation times, spend a few dollars more for the Cardea II.

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





Overall Rating94%

The Bottom Line

The Team Group T-Force Cardea II is a great SSD for gamers and power users. The heat sink is a little over the top, but that's the way we like it.

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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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