Friday, February 24th 2017

Team Group Introduces its Fastest SSD for Gamers with T-FORCE CARDEA M.2

Team Group, the world's leading memory brand, today officially announces the launch of its fastest storage solution designed for gamers with the introduction of the T-FORCE CARDEA M.2 solid-state drive. The T-Force CARDEA M.2 SSD utilizes x4 PCIE 3.0 for up to 2600MB/s read speeds along with NVMe and TRIM support. The custom-made T-FORCE cooling module enhances looks as well as endurance for continuous high-intensity usage. This combination of high-speed data transfer, aggressive looks and effective cooling makes the T-FORCE CARDEA the perfect upgrade for gamers who want the best for their system.

Named after the Goddess of Storm, the T-FORCE CARDEA utilizes new-generation PCIE Gen3 x4 to breakneck 2600 MB/s read and 1450 MB/s write sequential performance and with up to 180K/140K IOPS in random read/write operations. The T-FORCE CARDEA's speed brings fast boot-up along with a responsive operating system that loads games and application faster for a smoother experience with reduced loading time.
Patented Cooling Technology
The T-Force CARDEA M.2 PCIE SSD features the first high-performance cooling module for M.2 storage designed for gaming. Team Group's cooling module with patented gaming fin design allows natural convection or directed air cooling to enhance heat dissipation. That means that during high-load, gamers don't need to worry about heat-induced performance problems. The T-Force CARDEA has passed rigorous lab tests and burn-ins with Team Group certifying the SSD to operate 15% cooler than normal M.2 SSDs thus extending its service life.
T-Force M.2 PCIe SSD - CARDEA supports the latest NVMe standard. The system communicates directly via the PCIe bus and connects to PCIe controller of the chipset or processor, so you get improved transfer speeds that lead to high-performance data transfer experience with reduced lag or delay.

Dependable and Reliable
The T-Force CARDEA supports S.M.A.R.T function has built-in smart management algorithms functions such as GC (garbage collection) and TRIM command which ensure optimal efficiency, and the service life of the SSD to bring it to its maximum potential. Smart Wear-Leveling technology and ECC (Error Correction Code) function improve the accuracy and reliability of data transfer.
For more information, visit the product page.
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25 Comments on Team Group Introduces its Fastest SSD for Gamers with T-FORCE CARDEA M.2

#1
Toothless
Should just make RAM on a m.2 board and shove it into a motherboard slot with the functionality of an SSD.
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#2
RejZoR
Toothless said:
Should just make RAM on a m.2 board and shove it into a motherboard slot with the functionality of an SSD.
And use that for what exactly? Why not just stick more RAM into system and add virtual drive?

Also, absolutely no difference between SATA3 and M.2 in games. Had 1,5 GB/s M.2 and now on 550MB/s SATA SSD and it's exactly the same in games. I'm always the first to join servers :D
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#3
neko77025
RejZoR said:
And use that for what exactly? Why not just stick more RAM into system and add virtual drive?

Also, absolutely no difference between SATA3 and M.2 in games. Had 1,5 GB/s M.2 and now on 550MB/s SATA SSD and it's exactly the same in games. I'm always the first to join servers :D
Depends on the game and what its loading. Try fallout 4 with the new high res pack that is uncompressed ... takes forever to load .. FOREVER. However its not worth it.

Had it on my Muishkins SATA SSDs .. and was like wow .. I have A loading scree for A bit ... have not had last this long .. in A long time. Moved it to my 950 pro .. and well it was alot faster. However it was still not worth having the high res...
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#4
RejZoR
Well, I have huge 850 Pro. I've had smaller SM951 before. Not quite 950 Pro, but it's pretty close.

Main problem I see with this is:
a) capacity. C'mon, 480GB is max?
b) size. It would be pretty close to my graphic card cooler...

If you're a gamer, you'll have a beefy graphic card where you'll have problems with the slot and at 480GB, it's useless. Surely you won't use any HDD in system with such ridiculously fast SSD. Or will you? I'm on SATA SSD and I've tossed out all spinning drives. Only things spinning in my system are fans...
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#5
TheLostSwede
That looks like it's way off spec for M.2 devices...

NVMe drives makes a difference for a few things, but yeah, not as impressive as I expected it to be. Even so, I don't regret getting my Plextor drive, as it was only $30 more than a SATA drive when I got.
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#6
Darksword
They forgot to add god-awful RGBs all over it.
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#7
zo0lykas
NO RGB ? WOW :D

but if really sad about color, should be more options, like black or white :)
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#8
DRDNA
Looks like this will not be an option for most laptops due to that huge cooler. Seems great for desktop applications though.
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#9
Gasaraki
Looks like a Phison E7 based m.2 SSD looking at the the specs. There are others out with this controller, Corsair, MyDigitalSSD, and Patriot. It certainly doesn't need all the heatsink.
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Gasaraki said:
Looks like a Phison E7 based m.2 SSD looking at the the specs. There are others out with this controller, Corsair, MyDigitalSSD, and Patriot. It certainly doesn't need all the heatsink.
Considering how hot some of these drives can get, I see no issue with the heatsink. Hell there's even waterblocks for some of them. They get so hot that their speeds drop off.
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#11
nickbaldwin86
something tells me that isn't going to fit in my laptop :nutkick::shadedshu::wtf::banghead::cry::slap:
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#12
bonehead123
zo0lykas said:
NO RGB ? WOW :D

but if really sad about color, should be more options, like black or white :)
Like Henry Ford Said about the model T (or A, i forget):

Yes, you can have any color you want, as long as it is black !
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#15
nickbaldwin86
bonehead123 said:
As do the Samsung evo's....and no stinking fins to get in the way either
yeah, I have researched and just don't see the need for this.. i know these drives get HOT during tests but I have felt my 950 pro after hours of gaming and it isn't even warm... GAMES DON'T USE IT... the whole "Gaming" marketing is just that, marketing and not real world use. single player games it might help for a quick load time but after that the game isn't loading off the drive any more.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
nickbaldwin86 said:
yeah, I have researched and just don't see the need for this.. i know these drives get HOT during tests but I have felt my 950 pro after hours of gaming and it isn't even warm... GAMES DON'T USE IT... the whole "Gaming" marketing is just that, marketing and not real world use. single player games it might help for a quick load time but after that the game isn't loading off the drive any more.
Thats because depending on the game, its not using it at all, after the initial loading of the game. For some who are constantly pulling large amounts of data from the drive and writing too it, itll definitely get hot.
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#17
Toothless
RejZoR said:
And use that for what exactly? Why not just stick more RAM into system and add virtual drive?

Also, absolutely no difference between SATA3 and M.2 in games. Had 1,5 GB/s M.2 and now on 550MB/s SATA SSD and it's exactly the same in games. I'm always the first to join servers :D
Z97 caps at 32GB. :D
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#18
nickbaldwin86
MxPhenom 216 said:
Thats because depending on the game, its not using it at all, after the initial loading of the game. For some who are constantly pulling large amounts of data from the drive and writing too it, itll definitely get hot.
yeah but they are advertising "FOR GAMERS" "GAMING" but gaming doesn't need a HUGE heat sink... and to be honest the speeds are so high on all these drives that "games" don't take advantage of them anyways.

I totally understand the heat sink being great for a SQL server or anyone doing large data pulls and doing lots of read/writes to the drive. but gaming just doesn't, that is the point of the "loading screen"
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#19
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
nickbaldwin86 said:
yeah but they are advertising "FOR GAMERS" "GAMING" but gaming doesn't need a HUGE heat sink... and to be honest the speeds are so high on all these drives that "games" don't take advantage of them anyways.

I totally understand the heat sink being great for a SQL server or anyone doing large data pulls and doing lots of read/writes to the drive. but gaming just doesn't, that is the point of the "loading screen"
Its just a marketing term that sells products to people who arent enthusiasts like us, who buy anything labelled as "Gaming" thats why nearly everything has Gaming now in the title when it comes to components and peripherals.
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#20
DRDNA
nickbaldwin86 said:
yeah but they are advertising "FOR GAMERS" "GAMING" but gaming doesn't need a HUGE heat sink... and to be honest the speeds are so high on all these drives that "games" don't take advantage of them anyways.

I totally understand the heat sink being great for a SQL server or anyone doing large data pulls and doing lots of read/writes to the drive. but gaming just doesn't, that is the point of the "loading screen"
Do they get hot when installing 50+GB games? I think they might.
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#21
nickbaldwin86
DRDNA said:
Do they get hot when installing 50+GB games? I think they might.
No NOT at all... you aren't downloading at 1000MB/s are you? installing a game is very low load for a very short time. I wouldn't even put it on the list of stressful things to a drive.
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#22
yotano211
Everything is gaming today, "gaming fee" is also added.
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#23
Patriot
That's cute... my sm951 is faster...
In writes... but seriously...this is first gen m.2 pcie fast... my ahci drive keeps up.
NVME should get double those iops. Unless they price it accordingly, 0 reason to buy this drive.
As stupid as the heatsink is... probably won't have clearance issues... but might be an issue.
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#24
Grings
Iop's is a pointless measurement, Samsung magician and TLC drives using SLC cache really skew most speed measurements

The 250gb 960evo looks awesome going by quoted speed and iops, but is slower than pretty much every other drive bar the intel 600p's when it drops back to native tlc speeds
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#25
Patriot
Grings said:
Iop's is a pointless measurement, Samsung magician and TLC drives using SLC cache really skew most speed measurements

The 250gb 960evo looks awesome going by quoted speed and iops, but is slower than pretty much every other drive bar the intel 600p's when it drops back to native tlc speeds
That hardly makes a means of measurement pointless... You simply write more than the cache...
My SM951 is mlc but not 3dvnand ... I did steadystate for 32gb at stated speeds before getting bored.
So long as a cache is big enough that the underlying poor performance is never felt... well... what does it matter?
So long as the caveats for their performance are given (x burst size/ period of time) and the steady state results are known... I am fine with it.
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