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TeamGroup unveils low-cost PCIe 4.0 SSD T-Force Cardea Z44L and external SSD T-Create Classic

TeamGroup has announced two solid state drives: T-Force Cardea Z44L and T-Create Classic. The first is an inexpensive NVMe SSD in the M.2 form factor with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, the second is an external SSD with Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C interfaces.

Image source: TeamGroup

Image source: TeamGroup

The T-Force Cardea Z44L is available in 500GB and 1TB versions. A feature of these drives is a thin graphene heatsink for the cooling system. For the older version, the manufacturer claims sequential read speed at 3500 MB / s, and sequential write at up to 3000 MB / s.

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The IOPS (input / output operations per second) in the terabyte modification reaches 263 thousand for random reads and 283 thousand for random writes. For the smaller model with a volume of 500 GB, linear read and write speeds are declared at 3300 and 2400 MB / s, respectively.

The company did not disclose all of the specifications. The manufacturer only indicates that the T-Force Cardea Z44L uses a controller with support for the NVMe 1.4 protocol and PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, and is also equipped with 3D TLC NAND flash memory chips.

The TBW indicator (guaranteed amount of rewritten information) for the T-Force Cardea Z44L 500 GB version is 200 TB, and for the older version – 400 TB. The drive comes with a five-year warranty. The company estimated the younger model at $ 75, and the 1 TB version at $ 170.

T-Create Classic external storage has a maximum capacity of 4 TB. Also available in 1 and 2 TB models. For connecting SSD offers USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) or USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C interfaces. When using the latter, the data transfer rate reaches 900 MB / s. When you use the Thunderbolt 3 interface, the PCIe 3.0 x4 bus is activated, which increases data transfer rates up to 2700 MB / s.

The company estimated the T-Create Classic solid-state drives in the volume of 1, 2 and 4 TB at $ 250, $ 500 and $ 900, respectively. All presented new items will be on sale at the end of this month.

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