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.
The T-FORCE CARDEA C440 did rather well with PCMark 8, beating out a number of Gen 4 competitors by a healthy margin, this being the result of a solid processor and Kioxia NAND.
REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER COMPARISON
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison of the world’s top M.2 NVMe SSDs, we have included several of the top Gen 4 SSDs tested to date to see exactly where they place beside the T-FORCE CARDEA C440. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
As one might expect, the C440 placed right in there between the Corsair MP600 and the Seagate FireCuda 520. This makes sense since all three of these SSDs have the Phison PS5016-E16 NVMe controller as their engine.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
When we consider the TeamGroup T-FORCE CARDEA C440 Gen4 NVMe SSD, we really can’t avoid speaking to the Corsair MP600 and the Seagate Firecuda 520 as well as all three are pretty much identical. They are all a fine example of the Phison PS5016-E16 Gen 4 NVMe controller which is a very strong controller and has proven itself very well. The C440 reached 5.22GB/s read and 4.28GB/s along with read and write performance above 720K IOPS on both read and write performance. It, as the other two, also comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
The C440 has performance, capacity and a great warranty but it is also being reviewed at a time that other SSDs are making the jump in two areas, speeds up to 7GB/s and temperatures which are starting to settle just a bit. Regardless, this is still an upper tier Gen 4 SSD with one of the best Gen 4 PCMark 8 results we have seen yet.
When considering price, the T-FORCE CARDEA C440 is very competitive with the MP600 and the FireCuda 520, having a lower price point than both. Similarly this SSD sits well below the price point of the Samsung 980 Pro which we might expect as Samsung’s success has created that premium price point for so many that are die-hard Samsung SSD users. We might suggest TeamGroup bring the price point down just a bit as the newest Sabrent Rocket Q4 (7GB/s) is a lower price, at least at the 1TB capacity. In any case, this is a very strong SSD which deserves every bit of credit that it receives!