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Teamgroup T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 1TB SSD Review (PCIe Gen 4)

Rating: 9.0.

Teamgroup may be a name some of you don't immediately recognise but they have been around for over 20 years. The company's T-Force product line covers their high-performance and gaming products. The new flagship SSD of the T-Force line-up is the Cardea Zero Z440 SSD, a drive that sports the latest PCIe Gen4 x4 interface.

Teamgroup's T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 uses a combination of a Phison PS5016-E16 controller (the world's first PCIe Gen 4 controller) and BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. At the time of writing, there are only two drives in the T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 line-up, the 1TB drive we are looking at here and a flagship 2TB model.

The official performance figures are the same for both drives. Up to 5,000 MB/s and 4,400MB/s for Sequential read and write respectively while the 4K random rating is up to a very impressive 750,000 IOPS for both reads and writes.

The official endurance figure for the 1TB drive is 1,800TB TBW and the drive is backed with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 1TB.
NAND Components: Toshiba BiSC4 96-Layer 3D TLC.
NAND Controller: Phison PS5016-E16.
Cache: 1GB DDR4-2400 (2 x 512MB SK hynix H5AN4G8NBJA).
Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4  / NVMe 1.3.
Form Factor: M.2 2280.
Dimensions: 80.0 x 22.0 x 3.7mm.
Drive Weight: 9g.

Firmware Version: EGFM11.2

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