The M.2 size standard for SSDs is the result of trying to fit hard drives into the ever-slimming laptops without compromising on the bandwidth. Within the world of desktops, this new standard causes a heating issue as the modules are placed flat on the motherboard, where there is little airflow. Team appear to have a solution in their new Cardea-SSD.
In technical terms, the TForce Cardea is not unlike the Kingston KC1000 and the Corsair Force MP500. It is based on the 15nm flash memory module of Toshiba and has the Phison PS5007 controller. The standout feature of it is the red heatsink that covers the entire M.2 module.
The downside of the heatsink is that the SSD can no longer be placed in a laptop or other compact systems, but it should in theory help lead the heat away from the memory and controller. The Taiwanese manufacturer claims that the temperature in open space around it is lowered by 30 degrees Celsius and that this is achieved by using a high thermal conductivity coefficient glue between the print plate and the heatsink.
Even with the heatsink, Team have configured the SSD with somewhat more conservative speeds than Corsair and Kingston do. Team promise sequential throughput speeds of 2,6 GB/s en 1,4 GB/s for read and write respectively and 4 kB random performance for the same should be 180.000 and 140.000 IOps.
The TForce Cardea supports hardware-based encryption and its promised lifetime is 335TB writes on the 240GB drive and 670TB on the 480GB model. This is not very surprising for this category, same goes for the warranty period of three years. Something that may come as a bit of a surprise, though, is the price. The 240GB model costs on average 130 dollars and the 480GB – 255 dollars.