Sequential Read Performance
With the nonexistent cooling capabilities of the Team Group Cardea Liquid, I expect the performance to be similar to the MP34. Both drives use the newest firmware from Phison when tested, so the performance profile is slightly different from the early E12 products we tested like the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro and Corsair Force MP510.
What hasn't changed is the low queue depth (QD) 2 and 4 with these products and our test suite. We only see the issue in the sequential read test. The Liquid's performance line is under the Cardea II's line with both drives delivering identical performance in this burst test.
Sequential Write Performance
The Liquid and Cardea II also deliver identical sequential write performance that is only slightly higher than the BPX Pro with an older firmware and much more overprovisioned space.
Sustained Sequential Write Performance
When we write sequential data to the entire user area of the flash media, we start to see the Cardea II and Liquid separate. The Cardea II has great cooling with a massive aluminum heat sink that actually makes contact with the E12 controller. The Liquid is more of a nonfunctional decoration that doesn't cool the controller at all. Performance-wise, you can see where the cooler allows the Cardea II to maintain high speeds when writing sequential data and the Liquid loses performance rather quickly.