Team Group Cardea SSDs are ready to handle the heat

Someone over at Team Group must have read some old articles about otherwise-fast SSDs throttling under heavy loads, because the company's Cardea M.2 NVMe storage devices come packing giant, blazing red heatsinks attached with high-conductivity thermal adhesive. The drives are available in 240GB and 480GB capacities.

The Cardea SSDs boast sequential read speeds up to 2600 MB/s regardless of capacity, and sequential writes of up to 1450 MB/s. When it comes to random I/O, they should be able to do 180K read IOPS. Random write figures are 140K IOPS for the 240GB Cardea Jr. and 150K IOPS for the 480GB drive. Team says its big drive can endure 670 terabytes written, while the smaller model can stand up to 335 TBW. The company made no mention of the controller or the particular type of NAND chips used to deliver this level of performance. Impressive figures, nonetheless.

Team Group is proud of the Canadian-sourced thermal adhesive used to attach that big red cooler. That one-inch-tall slab may come at a price, though, since buyers might not be able to populate otherwise-available PCIe slots when the Cardea is sitting underneath. Laptop owners are going to have to look elsewhere, since Team Group says that "this product has a heat sink, recommended the use of desktop only" (sic).

The Team Group Cardea 240 GB SSD is available now for $140, and the 480 GB model can be yours today for $270. Both units are backed by a three-year warranty. If the big hunk of aluminum strapped to the drive doesn't assuage your concerns about drive cooling, perhaps some other M.2 NVMe drive with this water block strapped to it would be more to your liking. 

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    • Shinare
    • 3 years ago

    Geeze, I guess I now know where my tax refund is going. heh

    Stupid TR….

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    whats a team group? are they rebadging/rebranding/low end of a good brand?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Team is a Japanese brand considered reasonably high-end in Asia. They produce good stuff; I have a bunch of their RAM.

        • LostCat
        • 3 years ago

        and now, after many years, I finally know who they are. haha

    • ch┬Áck
    • 3 years ago

    do they have a slimmer version for use in notebooks?

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Team Group is proud of the Canadian-sourced thermal adhesive...[/quote<] I didn't know that maple syrup had so many uses.

    • mdkathon
    • 3 years ago

    Has any vendor proven using a heatsink on these SSDs improving anything about their performance characteristics?

      • colinstu12
      • 3 years ago

      Yes…. numerous SSDs will throttle themselves down when they get hot. It’s been proven that adding heatsinks (including Samsung’s metal-laden sticker that goes over the chips) helps with that.

        • ColeLT1
        • 3 years ago

        So I read about the copper label on the 960evo. I peeled off the top sticker and was stumped, it did not have a copper layer. Flipped it over, it did have one on the bottom, copper confirmed, that stopped short of the controller, only covers the backside of the board under the RAM and the 2 flash dies, you know, the things that are not running hot.

        So I went overboard and slapped a crap ton on there (look for the blue):
        [url<]http://i.imgur.com/g4oYIFi.jpg[/url<] edit to correct link stock picture of the back label: [url<]https://i0.wp.com/gamingph.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/samsung-960-evo-back.jpg?ssl=1[/url<]

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