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TeamGroup T-Force Cardea IOPS M.2 SSD Review

A Closer Look

 

Like the Cardea Zero we reviewed earlier the Cardea IOPS features a blue PCB and includes a warranty sticker on the back. On the warranty sticker, we find the Cardea IOPS model number, serial number, and states it has a 5-year warranty.

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Since the Cardea IOPS arrives with neither of the heatsinks applied, we can see what chips are included on the drive. The Cardea IOPS features a PHISON PS5012-E12 controller which has a maximum 3400/3000MHz read/write speed and 600K IOPS for both read/write. Accompanying the PHISON controller is a Kinston DDR3/3L cache which has a capacity of 2Gb and a speed of 1866Mbps.

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TeamGroup’s Cardea IOPS provides you with two cooling options, their patented graphene heat spreader or the more commonly seen aluminum heat spreader. This allows you to choose the best solution to suit your build. If you are looking for the best cooling, you would go with aluminum since it provides 6% better heat dissipation than the graphene heat spreader. If you tight on space, you may go with graphene which sports a low profile to fit in those tight spaces. Please note if you do choose the graphene option it is likely only good for one application as when we removed it from the unit it ended up getting pretty bent and could not be reapplied.

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