When looking for parts for your PC, storage plays a vital part in the equation. SSD, nowadays, is the go-to day-one purchase of PC builders. Whether it’s built to run your OS or for additional space for your games or applications, SSDs are established as the new standard in the industry.
SSD, much like other components, has evolved tremendously. The requirement of faster and more power-efficient type of SSDs such as NVMe has become a huge demand in the market. It wasn’t too long ago when we reviewed SATA SSDs with sequential read and write rates of 470MB/s and 490MB/s respectively. Today, we’re reviewing an NVME SSD that can go 1.5GB/s and 972MB/s sequential read and write rates, at least on our benchmarks.
Today, we’re quickly taking a look at TeamGroup’s MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD. It is one of the best value SSDs available in the market today, and has been given a fair share of impressive reviews from other review sites. TeamGroup sent us a unit for us to experience, and let us validate their claims.
MP34 supports new generation of PCIe Gen3 x4 high-speed interface. Our test board, while isn’t exactly new, supports this latest NVMe protocol. TeamGroup claims that its performance compared to SATA III interface is 5 times higher. This review will validate it, and will approximate if it’s possible when jacked into a far superior system.
In order for us to render a fair review of this product, we subjected the SSD several benchmark activities. As the SSD is positioned to budget-centric consumers, we thought of pitting this against Plextor M8VC 512GB, which is essentially comparable to WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD because of the published benchmark results and claims by both companies.
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximum IX Hero
- CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
- Memory: Corsair – Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory
- Case: NZXT – S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
- CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
We used several industry-recommended benchmark applications to test its read and write speeds in a number of circumstances. As this may just seem like a bunch of numbers, let me give a brief explanation as to what each one does.
- HD Tune Pro – This tool also checks for the drive’s health, scans it for any errors, and measures its raw performance.
- ATTO Disk Benchmark – An industry-leading benchmark tool for SSD’s and HDD’s that measure performance using file transfers of different sizes.
- CrystalDiskMark -This tool is used to measure the SSD’s sequential read and write speeds. That means how fast files can be read from and written to the drive, usually measured in MB/s.