Team Group started out with a cool idea but stumbled at every step along the way. The Cardea Liquid is like when you leave your house to go somewhere a few miles away and hit every stop light along the way and then breakdown in the store parking lot.[img]11[/img]
The tin thermal pad Team Group chose for the Cardea Liquid doesn't allow the controller to transfer heat to the liquid. Even if the heat could reach the liquid, we don't see this cooling method as anything more than a gimmick. The liquid, if attached to the controller, would pull heat away from the controller but then it doesn't have any way to remove it. If the liquid was able to boil at less than 80 degrees Celsius, it would have been a neat visual show for but we were never able to boil the fluid in our testing.[img]14[/img]
Our sample shipped from Taiwan to North America, but the package didn't have any visible damage. Maybe Team Group sent us a damaged drive or maybe the cooler has an issue with cracking that will affect every drive sold.
In a typical consumer system, the M.2 SSD sits between the first and second PCIe slots just under the video card, or further down on the motherboard. If you've ever ruined a system from a leaky liquid cooling setup, you know the frustration involved. Possibly ruining a motherboard, video card, or both would be an expensive mistake. I highly doubt most users would risk putting a Cardea Liquid in a system to tempt fate. This drive will never see the inside of my computer.
The Bottom Line
The Team Group Cardea Liquid just piles on with one issue after the other. The cooler is doesn't actually make contact with what you want cooled and the plastic case may have issues with cracking.