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Team Group T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Ceramic-Cooled Speedster

Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 is fast, cool, and enduring.

Team Group T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440
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Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 takes a rather unusual approach to taming the heat output from Phison’s Gen4 PS5016-E16 NVMe SSD controller. With a piece of composite ceramic material keeping it cool, the SSD delivers awesome performance, while both keeping and looking cool. You won’t need to hide this SSD under your heatsink to get the most out of it. Even with minimal airflow, temperatures should be of little or no concern when it becomes the storage centerpiece in your system.

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The Team Group T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 won’t typically slow down to extreme levels like some of the lower-end SSDs we have tested. It even outperforms almost every Gen3 SSD there is. While Samsung’s 970 PRO can keep up in hard workloads with its MLC V-NAND and lack of pSLC cache for consistency, the Phison E16 is still tweaked to beat it in most workloads thanks to its highly-responsive sequential bandwidth. And along with that, it delivers very good random performance for responsive behavior in average day-to-day use. Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 is a fantastic SSD for gamers, storage enthusiasts, and prosumers alike.

And performance isn’t the only selling point. TThanks to Phison’s fourth-generation LDPC ECC working its magic, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 comes backed by some incredible endurance ratings, too. With the ability to sustain up to 1.8PB of writes at 1TB or double that to 3.6 PB if you’re able to afford the 2TB model, Team Group’s Cardea Ceramic C440 is a workhorse that will keep on going even after hammering it for days on end within its five-year warranty.

The Cardea Ceramic C440 is priced on the higher side compared to most Gen3 SSDs, but the device is rather competitive as a Gen4 SSD. It costs significantly less than the Samsung 970 PRO as well as the Seagate FireCuda 520 at both capacity points. That said, Corsair’s MP600 is roughly the same price. The Corsair has the advantage if the white heat spreader on the C440 isn’t to your taste, and of course, it also supports encryption for those who need the extra security. But for those wanting a Gen4 NVMe SSD to complement their fancy new white-themed build, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 is a good choice. We just wish it came with a black or white PCB to add more to its aesthetic appeal.

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