Team Group T-Create Expert 2 TB Review - Endurance: 12,000 TBW! 23

Team Group T-Create Expert 2 TB Review - Endurance: 12,000 TBW!

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Introduction

Team Group Logo

Team Group is a well-known Taiwanese hardware manufacturer with a long history of catering to the needs of enthusiasts and gamers from all over the globe. Their lineup includes DRAM memory and solid-state drives, and they also offer various memory cards and USB thumb drives.



Today, we are reviewing the Team Group T-Create Expert SSD, which is rated for an astonishing 12,000 TBW in the reviewed 2 TB version. Yeah, you read that right, twelve-thousand terabytes, or 12 Petabytes. On top of that, Team Group offers a 12 year warranty for the drive—an industry first, too. Please note that "T-Create" is a group of products, not the name of this product. There's also a T-Create "Classic", this review covers the T-Create "Expert".

Under the hood, the T-Create Expert uses a Silicon Motion SM2262ENG controller paired with 64-layer 3D TLC flash from Micron. Micron offers two variants of their flash chips "FortisFlash", which is for consumer applications and "FortisMax", for enterprise workloads. While FortisFlash is rated for 1500 program/erase cycles, FortisMax is rated for 10,000. I've confirmed that the T-Create Expert uses FortisFlash, and could imagine it has some firmware tweaks, too. As expected, DRAM is present, too, two chips are installed to provide 2 GB of storage for the mapping tables of the SSD.

The Team Group T-Create Expert comes in capacities of 1 TB ($400) and 2 TB ($800). Endurance for these models is set to 6000 TBW and 12000 TBW respectively. As mentioned before, Team Group includes a twelve-year warranty with the T-Create Expert.

Specifications: Team Group T-Create Expert SSD
Brand:Team Group
Model:TM8FPF002T0C711
Capacity:2048 GB (1907 GB usable)
No additional overprovisioning
Controller:Silicon Motion SM2262ENG
Flash:Micron 64-layer 3D TLC B17A
MT29F4T08EUHAF
DRAM:2x 1 GB Micron DDR3-1600
MT41K512M16HA-125:A / D9STQ
Endurance:12,000 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID:T-CREATE TM8FPF002T
Firmware:42AAT73A
Warranty:12 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$800 / 40 cents per GB

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Drive

SSD Front
SSD Back

The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which makes it 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.

SSD Interface Connector

Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Team Group T-Create Expert connects to the host system over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface.

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

On the PCB, you'll find the controller and four flash chips; two DRAM cache chips are installed, too.

Chip Component Analysis

SSD Controller

The Silicon Motion SM2262ENG is an eight-channel flash controller with support for NVMe 1.3, TLC, and DDR3/DDR4 memory.

SSD Flash Chips

The four flash chips are Micron 64-layer 3D TLC NAND; they have been rebranded by Team Group. Each chip has a capacity of 512 GB. I've verified these chips to be FortisMax, which has 10,000 P/E cycles.

SSD DRAM Chip

Two Micron DDR3-1600 chips provide 2 GB of fast DRAM storage for the controller to store the mapping tables in.

Test Setup

Test System SSD 2021
Processor:AMD Ryzen 3 3300X @ 4.3 GHz
Zen 2, 16 MB Cache
Motherboard:ASUS Prime X570-Pro
BIOS 2606 / AGESA 1.0.8.0
Memory:Zadak Spark RGB, 16 GB DDR4
@ 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics:EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO 6 GB
Case:DarkFlash DLX22
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)
Drivers:AMD Chipset: 2.07.14.327
NVIDIA: 452.06 WHQL



TechPowerUp SSD Review Test Group
 PriceControllerChannelsFlashDRAMInterface
ADATA Falcon 1 TB$105Realtek RTS5762DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX6000 Pro 1 TB$105Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB$105Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA Swordfish 1 TB$95Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / SanDiskNoPCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair MP600 Pro 1 TB$225Phison E188TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Corsair MP400 2 TB$230Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Crucial BX500 480 GB$55Silicon Motion SM2258XT4TLC / MicronNoSATA
Crucial MX500 500 GB$55Silicon Motion SM2258H4TLC / MicronYesSATA
Crucial P1 1 TB$105Silicon Motion SM2263ENG8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Crucial P5 1 TB$130Micron DM01B28TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 2 TB$370Phison E168TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 4.0 x4
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB$110Silicon Motion SM2263EN4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
HP EX950 2 TB$225Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston A2000 1 TB$115Silicon Motion SM2263ENG4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston KC2000 1 TB$155Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB$110Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB$110Samsung MJX8TLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB$105Samsung MKX8QLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB$65Samsung Phoenix8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB$160Samsung Phoenix8MLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB$215Samsung Elpis8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Seagate Barracuda 120 1 TB$110Phison S128TLC / IntelYesSATA
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB$180Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Team Group MP34 512 GB$66Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
WD Black 2018 500 GB$63SanDisk 20-82-0070118TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
WD Black SN850 1 TB$230SanDisk 20-82-100358TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 4.0 x4
WD Blue NVMe 500 GB$50SanDisk 20-82-0070104TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
XPG Gammix S70 2 TB$400Innogrit IG52368TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4

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