TeamGroup is one of the long-standing names in the memory industry. The brand is known for its value-oriented memory modules, flash drives, memory cards, and accessories – especially in the commercial sector. Apart from their presence in both consumer and commercial, TeamGroup launched TForce, its gaming arm. TForce houses the brand’s gamer and overclocker-oriented products. TForce is also a brand were some of their products are deemed trendsetters in the market, especially in the SSD segment. Apart from their famed Delta RGB, the TForce Cardea Liquid SSD is another trendsetter thanks to its patented cooling solution.
Cooling an SSD slowly became a challenge for brands as controllers, flash, and even interfaces push the speed limit. Cooling M.2 Heatsinks remained to be the conventional cooling solution ranging from thermal padded heatsinks to thicker blocks of aluminum or copper. TeamGroup’s cooling implementation with the Cardea Liquid turned heads last Computex 2019. It’s the first SSD that’s liquid-cooled out of the box. Aftermarket SSD water blocks that are connected to a custom loop are available.
The TForce CARDEA Liquid SSD is the third NVMe SSD released by TeamGroup. It uses the same Phison PS5012-12 controller found on the TeamGroup MP34 SSD, which we reviewed last year. It has special water block heatsink attached to the SSD via thermal pads. Is the cooling solution overkill, or is it just right for today’s standard? Let’s find out
|Model||TForce CARDEA Liquid|
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3|
|Capacity||256GB / 512GB / 1TB|
|Operation Temperature||0˚C ~ 70˚C|
|Storage Temperature||-40˚C ~ 85˚C|
|Terabyte Written||256GB / 380 TB
512GB / 800 TB
1TB / 1,665TB
|Performance||Crystal Disk Mark:
256GB Read/Write: up to 3,000/1,000 MB/s
512GB Read/Write: up to 3,400/2,000 MB/s
1TB Read/Write: up to 3,400/3,000 MB/s
256GB Read/Write: 200K/200K IOPS Max
512GB Read/Write: 350K/300K IOPS Max
1TB Read/Write: 450K/400K IOPS Max
|Dimensions||83.9(L) x 24.3(W) x 14.1(H) mm|
|Humidity||RH 90% under 40°C (operational)|
|Operating System||1. System Requirements:
2. This product is recommended for use on desktop computers due to the installation water-cooling module.