You would feel it, if you owned Team Group’s new Cardea Ceramic C440 SSD..
The transition to PCIe 4.0 is in full effect, with more and more new motherboards having the new standard. You can thank AMD for that, by the way, as Intel is dragging its feet and still embracing the older PCIe 3.0. Oh well. That really shouldn’t come as a surprise, as AMD is the leader these days.
One of the best aspects of PCIe 4.0 is faster solid state drives. For instance, today, TEAMGROUP unveils a new M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD. Called “CARDEA Ceramic C440,” this speedy gaming-focused SSD features a ceramic heatsink — a very unique cooling option for a drive. Not only should the ceramic heatsink help with performance, but it looks very pretty too.
Team Group is laying claim to offering the first SSD made with ceramic composite cooling materials, which sounds like an odd bragging point, but might have some actual merit. Hey, it’s worked out well for pots and pans, so why not SSDs, right?
Unlike pots and pans, however, the goal with heatsinks on SSDs is not to cook anything (CPUs are better for cooking pancakes), but to keep the NAND flash memory chips underneath cool. This is especially important on those fancy new PCI Express 4.0 models that push faster sequential read and write speeds in the neighborhood of 5,000MB/s (and beyond). When things get too hot, performance throttles.
Throttling is an inevitably even with a heatsink, but the better it does at dissipating heat, the longer an SSD can achieve higher levels of performance.
This is what makes Team Group’s new Your SSD might be fast, do you know is it wrapped in ‘special aerospace ceramic’? line intriguing. These are PCIe 4.0 drives rated to deliver up to 5,000MB/s of sequential reads and up to 4,400MB/s of sequential writes, at least when slotted into an X570 or B550 motherboard and paired with a Ryzen 3000 series CPU (only AMD’s latest platforms support PCIe 4.0 currently). Those number indicate it’s probably using the Phison E16 controller, just like the Sabrent Rocket 2TB PCIe 4.0 drive we recently looked at. The drives will still work in other platforms, you just won’t see the same level of performance.
As for the cooling, Team Group basically says it’s awesome.
“The use of aerospace ceramic composite cooling materials not only provides excellent heat dissipation, but also reduces heat by 18 percent when the case is equipped with a fan,” Team Group says.
We are Sharing some Specifications below:
|Model||CARDEA Ceramic C440|
|Interface||PCIe Gen4 x4 with NVMe 1.3|
|Capacity||1TB / 2TB|
|Operation Temperature||0˚C ~ 70˚C|
|Storage Temperature||-40˚C ~ 85˚C|
|Terabyte Written||1TB / >1,800TB|
2TB / >3,600TB
|Performance||Crystal Disk Mark:|
1TB Read/Write: up to 5,000/4,400 MB/s
2TB Read/Write: up to 5,000/4,400 MB/s
1TB Read/Write: 750K/750K IOPS Max
2TB Read/Write: 750K/750K IOPS Max
|Dimensions||80.0(L) x 22.0(W) x 4.75(H) mm|
|Humidity||RH 90% under 40°C (operational)|
|Operating System||System Requirements:Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / VistaLinux 2.6.33 or later|
|Warranty||5-year limited warranty|
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