TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea Z44L 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 Z44L 1TB is an affordable SSD that uses the PCIe Gen 4 x4 interface and a Phison made controller. The performance offered by this SSD is good, especially when taking into account the price and the internal components used. Even though it uses a Phison made controller, the T-Force Cardea Z44L does not heat up as much as other SSDs. Fortunately, to further lower the temperatures, a graphene label is included in the bundle. However, the temperature difference is minimal at 2 degrees Celsius.

In terms of build quality, this SSD is on the same level as high-end M.2 SSDs. With good components across the board and good soldering.

Diving deeper into the performance of the T-Force Cardea Z44L, it’s easy to recommend this SSD especially for a mid-range gaming system. This SSD holds its own against the competition even though in some tasks is slower. In fact, if there is anything to complain about performance wise is the size of the cache. With a total storage capacity of 1TB, a cache of just 60GB is not enough, especially with large file transfers.

For what you’re paying for this SSD, you do get a lot for your money. A Phison made controller, Toshiba made memory chips and a decent performance overall. If there’s anything to complain about is the size of the cache, which at 60GB is not enough.

In conclusion, the TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea Z44L 1TB is a good budget M.2 SSD that delivers a good performance overall. In addition, the SSD does not heat up as much as other models found in this price range. The main advantage of this M.2 SSD is the affordable pricing and the adequate performance in real world usage.

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