Team Group Delta RGB SSD 250 GB Review 18

Team Group Delta RGB SSD 250 GB Review

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Packaging and Contents

The Drive

The drive conforms to the dimensions set forth by the 2.5" form factor. It is made out of metal to improve its durability and is only 7 mm thick, which makes it compatible with Intel's Ultrabook specification.

I connected the SSD to an ASUS Aura Sync-capable motherboard, which instantly gave me a ton of options to control lighting, patterns, and timings of the RGB lighting. You can see how different zones of the SSD light up at different instants, and the colors look gorgeous.

The Team Group Delta uses the SATA 6 Gbps interface. It is compatible with any older SATA standard, but will, in such a case, work at reduced performance. Please note the little metal connector on the left side of the SSD. This is where you plug in your motherboard's RGB control system; when this cable is not connected, the RGB LEDs remain completely off.

Of course, I was curious about how the LED lighting works and disassembled the drive. As you can see, Team Group used eight LEDs with a Plexiglas diffusor to create the effect of the whole drive being backlit by LEDs. The effect looks very convincing; without disassembly, I'd never have guessed that just eight LEDs can create such an effect, and it's cost effective.

You will find the SSD controller and three flash chips on the PCB. A single DRAM chip is also present to provide the SSD controller with RAM and soak up write bursts.

The Silicon Motion SM2258 is a four-channel SSD controller and has support for TLC flash. Team Group is just using three channels (due to having only three flash chips on the PCB).

The three TLC flash chips are made by Micron and marked as NW852, which decodes to MT29F768G08EEHBBJ4-3R:B. These 768 Gbit chips are 3D TLC with 32-stacks.
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