TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 1TB

Testing

The following system was used to test the SSD and all competing SSDs:

– Processor: Intel i7 13700K @ 5.4GHz
– Motherboard: Biostar Z790 Valkyrie
– RAM: Neo Forza MDK5 DDR5 96GB 6000MHz
– Graphics Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
– SSD: NeoForza NFP075 2TB
– HDD: N/A
– PSU: Seasonic Prime TX-1000
– CPU Cooler: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240
– Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802 White
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)

 

To test the SSD, the following software was used:

– ATTO Disk Benchmark,
– CrystalDiskMark 8,
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider;
– Windows File Copy.

In order to obtain a precise result each test was performed three times.

CrystalDiskMark 8 – Read

 

CrystalDiskMark 8 – Write

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Read

 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Write

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Level Loading

 

File Copy Test 100GB

 

File Copy Test 50GB

 

Windows File Copy 100GB & 50GB

 

Temperature

 

Final thoughts

The TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 1TB is an outstanding SSD that performs great and remains cool even under heavy loads. The fact of the matter is this, the T-Force Cardea A440 1TB is on the same level as more expensive M.2 SSDs and sometimes even ahead of them while being cheaper, at least for now.

The performance you can get with this SSD is down to its high-quality components, the Phison PS5018-E18 controller being one of them. While this controller is not the best model in the world, it does support DDR4 cache RAM which this SSD has. Not only that, but this Phison controller offers both reads and write speeds of upwards of 7000mb/s or 7GB/s, which is impressive to say the least.

In terms of real-world performance, this SSD will deliver upwards of 5500mb/s for file copy speed if you keep the total file size below 60Gb. If you go above 60GB and upwards of 100GB then the speed will remain constant at 2500mb/s which is still an impressive result.

However, the impressive thing with this SSD is the cache recovery behavior and recovery time. Even when the cache is completely filled, the speed never dips below acceptable speeds which is great to see. This means that even with large file transfers you will not experience any slowdowns.

The build quality is great as it was expected from a Team-Group M.2 SSD that is using the PCIe Gen 4 x4 interface. The soldering on the PCB is flawless and all components are receiving adequate cooling from both the heatsink and the graphene label.

The TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 1TB is fairly priced at 80USD at the time of this review, and for this price you get a lot of performance and value. For starters, this SSD does not hit its thermal throttling point that easily, perhaps only if you use it with synthetic benchmarks for long periods of time. However, for daily usage even heavy usage, this SSD will remain cool enough to not affect its performance.

In conclusion, the TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 1TB is a great M.2 SSD in terms of performance alone. When we add the included heatsinks and the cache recovery time, the deal gets better. There is nothing to complain with this SSD, not at the current price point, and it’s a good choice for gaming and workstations alike.

 

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