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Team Group T-Force Vulcan SATA SSD Review: Flashy, Fast and Affordable

The Vulcan is a highly logical choice for a speedy, pretty budget boot drive.

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Our Verdict

Team Group’s T-Force Vulcan is a killer option for those looking for a SATA SSD that performs well and adds some attractive style to your windowed gaming rig. With high-class performance and entry-level pricing, it’s a top value pick.

For

  • Awesome aesthetics
  • Solid performance
  • Competitively priced

Against

  • 3-year warranty

Whether it be by a unique heatsink on its tiny M.2 devices, or by some flashy RGB lighting effects on the company’s other SATA SSDs, Team Group has long been at the forefront of developing SSDs with aesthetics in mind. Today, we take a look at the company’s latest SATA device, the T-Force Vulcan. With a premium finish and competitive pricing, there’s little holding back a recommendation from us.

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Aesthetically, the Vulcan kills it. This SSD has to be one of the best-looking SATA SSDs I’ve ever tested. It’s got Samsung-like looks with some extra style. A sleek matte-black and metal-etched silver finish commands your gaze just as much -- if not more so -- than RGB lighting. 

The drive has both class and style. But, that’s not all it's packing. With Silicon Motion’s SM2258 controller and Micron’s 64-layer 3D TLC flash powering it, it also has what it takes to boot your PC blazingly fast and load up your favorite games and apps within a moment’s click. And, because it features a DRAM-based architecture, it should be able to withstand most consumer workloads and then some.

Specifications

ProductT-Force Vulcan 250GBT-Force Vulcan 500GBT-Force Vulcan 1TB
Pricing$35.99$58.99 $96.99
Capacity (User / Raw)250GB / 256GB500GB / 512GB1000GB / 1024GB
Form Factor2.5" 7mm2.5" 7mm2.5" 7mm
Interface / ProtocolSATA 6Gb/sSATA 6Gb/sSATA 6Gb/s
ControllerSilicon Motion SM2258Silicon Motion SM2258Silicon Motion SM2258
DRAMDDR3DDR3DDR3
NAND FlashMicron 64L 3D TLCMicron 64L 3D TLCMicron 64L 3D TLC
Sequential Read560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s
Sequential Write500 MB/s500 MB/s510 MB/s
Random Read90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS
Random Write80,000 IOPS80,000 IOPS85,000 IOPS
EncryptionN/AN/AN/A
Endurance120 TBW240 TBW480 TBW
Part NumberT253TV250G3C301T253TV500G3C301 T253TV001T3C301
Warranty3-Years3-Years3-Years

Team Group’s T-Force Vulcan comes in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. Pricewise, it is entry-level, but aesthetics, performance and endurance say otherwise.

Rated performance specs come in at 560 MBps read at all capacities, but write differs. At 250GB and 500GB, the Vulcan offers up 500 MBps write and at 1TB, up to 510 MBps. In order to attain its rated write speeds, the drive has a pseudo-SLC write cache, So extended write performance may degrade. In terms of random IOPS, the drive is rated at up to 90,000 IOPS read and 85,000 IOPS write.

The Vulcan comes backed by a three-year warranty and features competitive endurance ratings. At 250GB, it’s rated for up to 120TB written and it doubles as the model’s capacity doubles. This is twice the endurance of the company’s Delta RGB we reviewed last year. It features SMART and Trim support, and it can be securely erased without any issues.

Software and Accessories

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Team Group doesn’t supply the Vulcan with any accessories, but the company does offer an SSD Toolbox. With it, you can monitor the SSD’s health, estimated lifespan, and S.M.A.R.T. data. It also has a data migration option built-in. But in testing, it wouldn’t function on our system.

A Closer Look

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Inside our 1TB sample, we see a half-sized black-colored PCB with four NAND packages, the SMI SM2258 controller and a Samsung DRAM cache. The NAND is branded as Team Group’s own, but actually, our sample features Micron’s 64L 3D TLC

Team Group’s T-Force Vulcan is a SATA III / 6 Gbps SSD that comes in a 2.5-inch, 7mm form factor. So it should be an easy upgrade for a laptop or big enough to show off inside your PC case too with its premium finish. Although it would be a shape to shove an SSD that looks this good in a laptop where it will never be seen.

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  • w_barath
    For 512GB drives, it doesn't appear to compare very favourably to the AData XPG8200, which in turn hasn't compared very favourably to the Silicon Power SU512GBP34A80M28AB in my own work machine.

    Tom's doesn't seem to do reviews / benchmarks of the Silicon Power drives though, curiously. When I see exclusions like this the question that comes to mind is "has SP failed to pay its shill dues to THG, or has THG some politically-influenced reason for not covering their products?"
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  • mdd1963
    Gonna have to say at that price point $60/for 500 GB) I'd rather just pay $5 more for a Crucial MX500.....
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  • cryoburner
    w_barath said:
    Tom's doesn't seem to do reviews / benchmarks of the Silicon Power drives though, curiously. When I see exclusions like this the question that comes to mind is "has SP failed to pay its shill dues to THG, or has THG some politically-influenced reason for not covering their products?"
    Um... A quick search reveals Tom's Hardware reviewed that drive, or at least the 1TB version, four months ago. >_>

    https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/silicon-power-p34a80-pcie-gen3x4-m-2-nvme-ssd,6180.html
    It was a largely positive review, so Silicon Power clearly must have paid their shill dues. : D

    If they don't review a particular drive, it might simply be because they weren't sent a sample to review by the manufacturer. It might also be that they don't have the resources to test every product they are sent, so they might focus on testing the ones that they feel do something unique or better than others they have previously tested, or that are expected to be a popular product due to their brand or other factors.
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