TeamGroup is one of the long-standing names in the memory industry. The brand is known for its value-oriented memory modules, flash drives, memory cards, and accessories – especially in the commercial sector. Apart from their presence in both consumer and commercial, TeamGroup launched TForce, its gaming arm. TForce houses the brand’s gamer and overclocker-oriented products. TForce is also a brand were some of their products are deemed trendsetters in the market, especially in the SSD segment. Apart from their famed Delta RGB, the TForce Cardea Liquid SSD is another trendsetter thanks to its patented cooling solution.

Cooling an SSD slowly became a challenge for brands as controllers, flash, and even interfaces push the speed limit. Cooling M.2 Heatsinks remained to be the conventional cooling solution ranging from thermal padded heatsinks to thicker blocks of aluminum or copper. TeamGroup’s cooling implementation with the Cardea Liquid turned heads last Computex 2019. It’s the first SSD that’s liquid-cooled out of the box. Aftermarket SSD water blocks that are connected to a custom loop are available.

The TForce CARDEA Liquid SSD is the third NVMe SSD released by TeamGroup. It uses the same Phison PS5012-12 controller found on the TeamGroup MP34 SSD, which we reviewed last year. It has special water block heatsink attached to the SSD via thermal pads. Is the cooling solution overkill, or is it just right for today’s standard? Let’s find out

Specifications

Model TForce CARDEA Liquid
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3
Capacity 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Voltage DC +3.3V
Operation Temperature 0˚C ~ 70˚C
Storage Temperature -40˚C ~ 85˚C
Terabyte Written 256GB / 380 TB
512GB / 800 TB
1TB / 1,665TB
Performance Crystal Disk Mark:
256GB Read/Write: up to 3,000/1,000 MB/s
512GB Read/Write: up to 3,400/2,000 MB/s
1TB Read/Write: up to 3,400/3,000 MB/s
IOPS:
256GB Read/Write: 200K/200K IOPS Max
512GB Read/Write: 350K/300K IOPS Max
1TB Read/Write: 450K/400K IOPS Max
Weight 42g
Dimensions 83.9(L) x 24.3(W) x 14.1(H) mm
Humidity RH 90% under 40°C (operational)
Vibration 80Hz~2,000Hz/20G
Shock 1,500G/0.5ms
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
Operating System 1. System Requirements:

  • Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista
  • Linux 2.6.33 or later

2. This product is recommended for use on desktop computers due to the installation water-cooling module.

TForce Cardea Liquid SSD Review
Our Verdict
In a nutshell, the TForce Cardea Liquid may not be the fastest PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD in the market, but it is one of the coolest SSDs available to date. But does that translate to a must-have? If temps are of priority for your system, then getting the TForce Cardea Liquid is the practical choice versus purchasing a third-party water block and larger heatsinks. Furthermore, TeamGroup bundles the TForce Cardea Liquid with a 5-year warranty for your peace of mind.
Performance
9.2
Build Quality
8.8
Features
9
Price
8.8
Reader Rating2 Votes
9.9
What's Good
Cool Temps
Consistent Performance
Refillable waterblock
No Hassle installation
What's Not
Leak Risk
Laptop Incompatibility
9
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Grant is a Financial Management graduate at UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.