Team Group Cardea II, A Chip Off The Old Block
Clothed In Style, The NVMe Of Other Drives
Flash does like to be hot but the controller does not, a situation that might be familiar to those who do not sleep alone. Team Group decided that a fair sized chunk of metal covering the entirety of their Cardea II NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD would be a way to keep all the components on the drive comfortable and from the thermal chart posted on the Guru of 3D they do seem to have succeeded.
As for the effect on performance, it is hard to say if that heatsink is responsible but this drive sits high on the charts in real world benchmarking so if you see it on sale and have a motherboard lacking in integrated M.2 heatsinks you could do worse than grabbing a Cardea II.
Team Group announced its T-FORCE CARDEA II NVMe SSD boasting features like PCIe Gen3 x4 high-speed interface and a cooling module with “patented gaming fin design”. We had the opportunity to test the 1TB model. The T-FORCE CARDEA II is an SSD with a storage capacity of 256GB / 512GB / 1TB.
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