Team Group T-Force Cardea M.2 NVMe SSD Review (240GB)


Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.

Team Group T-Force Cardea Anvil

Anvil Storage Utilities confirms all that we are seeing, for the most part, and also lets us know that, after formatting, there is 223GB available on the disk for storage.


The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.


Team Group T-Force Cardea PCMark 8

In PCMark 8 the Team Group T-Force Cardea M.2 NVMe SSD scored 5073 points and averaged 512MB/s in bandwidth.

Team Group T-Force Cardea PCMark 8 Comparison

This score places the Team Group T-Force Cardea on the low end of the spectrum when we look at PCIe NVMe SSD performance, although it does better the Intel 600p NVMe SSD.

One comment

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    I use thermal pads from SIlverstone and I also stream constantly from Samsung 950s and since using these have had no throttling issues.
    My apps use buffers in RAM that seek targets on the M.2/SSD.
    Every time I hit a note on my 88 Note Synth Controller the storage device starts streaming.
    So they get a huge workout.
    I was throttling down to PCI-e 2X speeds of 785MBps and since using the thermal pads and a Dynatron side firing Fan my speeds are stable and fast.
    Back up to 235,000 iops and 2000+ MBps.
    Like the Cardea though. Tried to get them at Newegg a while back but got tired of waiting.
    Nice review Les, thanks.

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