In a market saturated with ultra-fast Gen 4 NVMe drives, Silicon Power just released a new Gen 3 PCIe NVMe drive. The new XPOWER XD80 features solid Gen 3 read/write performance ratings up to 3,400/3,000MB/s, respectively. While it might not be the absolute pinnacle of speed that Gen 3 drives have to offer, it's certainly up near the top. However, its speed rating is not the only reason to consider this drive for your next build. The XPOWER XD80 arrives with competitive pricing, high endurance rating, and a stylish aluminum heat sink! Read on to find out more.
The speed ratings of NVMe storage devices have been rapidly evolving since the introduction of the first drive. You might not be shocked anymore to learn that Team Group launched an ultra-fast drive capable of sequential read/write speeds of 7,000/6,900 MB/s. However, until now, nobody has solved the complicated heat sink problem. Cooling methods have been growing in complexity and evolving with NVMe devices as heat becomes a bigger issue. In general, as the speed goes up, so too does the heat output. It's become such a big issue that NVMe drives are now shipping with extravagant finned aluminum heat sinks. We've also seen motherboards come out with integrated NVMe heat sinks, which is an excellent feature we really appreciate. However, a large finned NVMe heat sink and an OEM motherboard armor heat sink simply don't work together. Your options have been to void the NVMe warranty and potentially kill the drive by removing the heat sink, or not use the motherboard heat sink and miss out on that sleek hidden-drive look. Team Group has officially solved this problem, follow along as we show you how they did it.
Back in the middle of 2019, Team Group released an NVMe drive with a revolutionary new cooling solution. Named the T-Force Cardea Liquid, this new drive was the first ever NVMe to be released with a water cooling solution, well, sort of. Fast forward almost two years and we're testing this drive because it's still on the market and it's still quite interesting, but maybe not what you are expecting. Keep reading to find out all about this water cooling solution Team Group developed.
Back in January of this year, Corsair released the MP600 CORE NVMe SSD. This drive features QLC NAND flash memory and features the Phison E16 controller. Typically we've seen QLC memory offered on large capacity budget-oriented drives because of its high-density capabilities. With the E16 controller, the CORE is capable of strong performance numbers, but it's not quite as fast as a typical E16 NVMe. Follow along as we take a look at this unique drive and give you a rundown of its performance.
Sabrent have been with us since 1998, since that time they have supplied the PC market with hubs, adapters, a/v accessories and storage solutions, today we will be discussing the latter. Sabrent over the last few years have released some of the best NVMe storage solutions on the market. Recently they released their new Rocket 4 Plus line which utilizes the super fast PCIe Gen 4 technology. Today we are looking at the Rocket 4 Plus 2TB drive variant which boasts some serious storage capacity and speeds. Read on to see how we got on.
Today we will be taking a look at the TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z340. This is but one drive from TeamGroups PCIe Gen 3 NVMe product line. Coming in at 512Gb in size with rated speeds of up to 3,400 MB/s Read / 2,000 MB/s Write, this could make for a great boot drive for builders on a budget. Read on to see how the TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z340 performs.
This product is your standard PCIE 3.0 x4 NVME. It features QLC (quad level cell) NAND which enables it to have product variants up to 8TB due to its denser configuration! This type of NAND is of the 3D variant, which enables higher read and write endurance's, simply put they'll last longer. Compared to TLC NAND though, it is a bit slower in write speeds, still the drive promises up to 3000 MB/s in sequential write and 3400 MB/s in read, remember that max theoretical bandwidth for PCIE 3.0 x4 is 3940 MB/s, adding in all communications, transfers and etc., most we usually see on PCIE x4 is 3500 MB/s (that's like transferring COD Warzone from two same speed NVME's in about 15 seconds!!). On top of all this since the drive is in the typical 2280 format (22mm wide by 80mm long) and doesn't have a heatsink it'll fit in anything that has a slot the appropriate size. Now the cherry on the cake? Corsair offers a 5 year (!) warranty on this product line. Let's check it out this small, fast and capable NVME SSD!
When the Ryzen 3000 series was launched with the X570 platform chipset, one of the biggest new features was the addition of generation 4 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) technology. Team Group recently introduced the Cardea Zero Z440 M.2 PCIe SSD. This drive makes use of the new generation 4 technology that has been built into AMD X570 motherboards. They sent us a sample of their new drive to test out. If you'd like to learn more about this new technology, and see how it compares to other hard drive technologies, please follow along.