Compared to other E12 based SSDs we've tested, Team Group’s MP34 is one of the best-performing to date. It does exactly what you would expect it to do: read and write your data fast.
And, it gives you an extra ~30GB of capacity over the 480GB BPX Pro. But the BPX Pro’s extra factory over-provisioning helps it to absorb twice the amount of data under writes before its SLC cache fills. Still, in most of our application tests, the difference in SLC cache size didn’t matter. Only during our large, 50GB file copy test did we see much difference between the two. And, actually, in SYSmark 2014 SE, the MP34 performed better, which is even more surprising given the Team Group drive's DDR3L DRAM cache instead of the DDR4 on most competing modern SSDs.
The MP34 isn’t much for looks. With a blue PCB and a black-and-white sticker on top of it, it can stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise visually pleasing build. It also lacks a heatsink, which is something the new ADATA S11 Pro, WD Black SN750, Gigabyte Aorus, and Patriot Viper VPN100 all include. But the lack of a cooler didn't hurt performance, and its absence here means you get a drive that's cheaper. When you're pinching pennies to build your new rig, saving a few bucks on NVMe storage means you'll have more to spend on other components.
The only thing you really lose with the MP34 over competing drives is some warranty coverage. While other, high-end NVMe SSDs offer 5-year warranties, the MP34 is covered for only 3-years. But during those three years, you can bombard the heck out of this drive and still stay within you coverage limitations. Your typical desktop usage will bring in about 20 gigabytes of writes or so a day on average, or 7-8TB a year. Our 512GB sample is rated for 800TBW and the 1TB over 1,600TBW. With endurance figures that are almost triple that of competitors, you have little to worry about when it comes to write endurance.
Not everyone has the cash for the best drive, like the Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus, let alone something even more pricey from Intel in the Optane flavor. If you're in the market for a solid, no-frills SSD be sure to add this to your short list. The Team Group MP34 is one of the best values available if you're are looking for fast NVMe SSD on a tight budget.
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