REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The TeamGroup T-Create should be released in the next bit and is a decent representation of a solid SSD that we might recommend. Specific to Gen 4 SSDs, as we have seen in Gen 3 as well, there seems to be two groups that have been identified through the advance of SSD controllers. This SSD uses the Phison E16 Gen 4 SSD controller which has a performance max of 5GB/s, whereas the new E18 has been seen to perform well above 7GB/s. This in itself is a very significant bump and pretty much places the T-Create into a ‘value’ category, be it an excellent choice in SSDs.
It performs as expected at 5GB/s, has IOPS much higher than expected, as well as random 4K writes well above 300MB/s. These writes should have translated into much better OS disk transfer in our True Data Testing, however was not observed. On the other hand, we did see a performance increase right across the board with respect to performance…including through True Data testing. Initial pricing found for the T-Create is very similar to other manufacturers using the same E16 controller, however we might suggest bringing it just a bit lower when considering that ones direct competition is the likes of Sabrent, Corsair, Patriot and Silicon Power.
Last but not least, there are advantages and disadvantages with having a permanently affixed metal heatsink on ones SSD, the disadvantage of course could be that it may not fit into systems that incorporate their own heatsink. From a reviewers perspective, I have toasted two such SSDs trying carefully to remove that metal branding plate for full component shots of the SSD. At the end of the day, either include a heatsink that can be removed as many do, or don’t have one at all.
That being said…decent performance, decent warranty, decent software that can be used on any SSD, and a price that we are sure may drop on release. Recommended.