The rollout of AMD’s PCIe 4.0 Ryzen platform has accelerated releases of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD drives. Team Group this week introduced its versions of SSDs based on Phison’s PS5019-E16 controller. Interestingly, unlike competing drives using the same chip from other makers, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 do not feature an aluminum heat spreader, but relies on a different cooling system.

Set to ship in 1 TB and 2 TB configurations, Team Group’s M.2-2280 T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 SSDs use 3D TLC NAND. As far as performance is concerned, the drives promise up to 5000 MB/s sequential read speeds, up to 4400 MB/s sequential write speeds, as well an 750K peak read/write random IOPS, which is in line with competitors.

Unlike most of drives featuring the Phison PS5019-E16 controller, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 SSDs does not use a massive aluminum heat spreader, but comes with a graphene copper foil heat dissipation module that is only 1 mm thick. The use of a very thin cooler makes the drive compatible with upcoming laptops featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface that will be available in the future. Meanwhile, according to Team Group, the graphene copper foil heat dissipation sticker reduces controller’s temperature from 61.8°C to 56.5°C when compared to the lack of any heat spreader.

As far as endurance and reliability levels are concerned, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 SSDs are rated for up to 1800 or 3600 TB written over a five-year warranty period, depending on the drive's capacity.

Team Group's T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 SSDs
Capacity 1 TB 2TB
Model Number TM8FP7001T0C311 TM8FP7002T0C311
Controller Phison PS5016-E16 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Sequential Read 5000 MB/s
Sequential Write 4400 MB/s
Random Read IOPS 750K IOPS
Random Write IOPS 750K IOPS
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer 1 GB 2 GB
TCG Opal Encryption No
Power Management ?
Warranty 5 years
MTBF ? hours
TBW 1800 TB 3600 TB
MSRP $249 $499

Team Group will start sales of its T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 drives in the near future. The 1 TB version comes at a $249 MSRP, whereas the 2 TB model will cost $499.

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  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - link

    Your question is front-loaded. You imply that my criticisms of the sticker is also an attack on the physical properties of some the materials that comprise it in order to preposition a follow up argument when I reply. This isn't my first rodeo, little one so you may as well hang up that tactic at the front door now that you're walking into my proverbial bar.

    With that out of the way, did you have something constructive to discuss about your new Lego Star Destroyer or are we done here?
  • hbsource - Thursday, October 10, 2019 - link

    ........ Why you shouldn't drink before using the internet.
  • peevee - Thursday, October 10, 2019 - link

    How one survives it otherwise? ;)
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 10, 2019 - link

    Drinking booze is a huge waste of money. I'd rather benefit from compound interest. Also it sets a bad example for children to even keep stupid vices like that stocked in a home.
  • 8lec - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    I love how this comment thread revolves around one comment.
    Also just wanted to mention, graphene may be an awesome conductor of heat, but air is a terrible conductor of heat. There's no way you can get all that heat of a mm thin piece of graphene cuz the air won't just heat up and remove the heat quick enough. This is why high end air coolers have so many fins, to maximize the amount of AIR that can come in contact with the heat spreader and TAKE AWAY the heat.
  • 8lec - Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - link

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
  • mercury12288 - Saturday, January 11, 2020 - link

    I have a Gen4 PCIe4 system (ROG Zenith II) here is performance of this SSD:

    $ sudo fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randrw --rwmixread=75
    test: (g=0): rw=randrw, bs=(R) 4096B-4096B, (W) 4096B-4096B, (T) 4096B-4096B, ioengine=libaio, iodepth=64
    Starting 1 process
    test: Laying out IO file (1 file / 4096MiB)
    Jobs: 1 (f=1)
    test: (groupid=0, jobs=1): err= 0: pid=9868: Sat Jan 11 17:58:49 2020
    read: IOPS=302k, BW=1181MiB/s (1238MB/s)(3070MiB/2600msec)
    bw ( MiB/s): min= 1050, max= 1304, per=100.00%, avg=1182.76, stdev=123.43, samples=5
    iops : min=269036, max=333994, avg=302786.20, stdev=31597.57, samples=5
    write: IOPS=101k, BW=395MiB/s (414MB/s)(1026MiB/2600msec)
    bw ( KiB/s): min=361528, max=444736, per=100.00%, avg=405068.00, stdev=40772.91, samples=5
    iops : min=90382, max=111184, avg=101267.00, stdev=10193.23, samples=5
    cpu : usr=20.97%, sys=76.88%, ctx=10505, majf=0, minf=9
    IO depths : 1=0.1%, 2=0.1%, 4=0.1%, 8=0.1%, 16=0.1%, 32=0.1%, >=64=100.0%
    submit : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
    complete : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.1%, >=64=0.0%
    issued rwt: total=785920,262656,0, short=0,0,0, dropped=0,0,0
    latency : target=0, window=0, percentile=100.00%, depth=64

    Run status group 0 (all jobs):
    READ: bw=1181MiB/s (1238MB/s), 1181MiB/s-1181MiB/s (1238MB/s-1238MB/s), io=3070MiB (3219MB), run=2600-2600msec
    WRITE: bw=395MiB/s (414MB/s), 395MiB/s-395MiB/s (414MB/s-414MB/s), io=1026MiB (1076MB), run=2600-2600msec

    Disk stats (read/write):
    nvme0n1: ios=785392/262517, merge=0/0, ticks=102676/3481, in_queue=4, util=96.47%
  • mercury12288 - Saturday, January 11, 2020 - link

    Big Test:

    $ sudo fio --name=rand --ioengine=libaio --iodepth=1 --rw=randrw --bs=4m --direct=0 --size=40G --numjobs=4 --runtime=240 --group_reporting
    randwrite: (g=0): rw=randrw, bs=(R) 4096KiB-4096KiB, (W) 4096KiB-4096KiB, (T) 4096KiB-4096KiB, ioengine=libaio, iodepth=1
    Starting 4 processes
    randwrite: Laying out IO file (1 file / 40960MiB)
    randwrite: Laying out IO file (1 file / 40960MiB)
    randwrite: Laying out IO file (1 file / 40960MiB)
    randwrite: Laying out IO file (1 file / 40960MiB)
    Jobs: 4 (f=4): [m(4)][97.7%][r=1952MiB/s,w=1972MiB/s][r=488,w=493 IOPS][eta 00m:01s]
    randwrite: (groupid=0, jobs=4): err= 0: pid=10259: Sat Jan 11 18:25:00 2020
    read: IOPS=472, BW=1890MiB/s (1982MB/s)(79.2GiB/42891msec)
    slat (usec): min=1778, max=508884, avg=6355.06, stdev=7529.55
    clat (nsec): min=360, max=6372, avg=761.29, stdev=204.92
    lat (usec): min=1779, max=508887, avg=6356.40, stdev=7529.65
    clat percentiles (nsec):
    | 1.00th=[ 402], 5.00th=[ 442], 10.00th=[ 502], 20.00th=[ 644],
    | 30.00th=[ 684], 40.00th=[ 708], 50.00th=[ 740], 60.00th=[ 780],
    | 70.00th=[ 836], 80.00th=[ 900], 90.00th=[ 980], 95.00th=[ 1048],
    | 99.00th=[ 1208], 99.50th=[ 1400], 99.90th=[ 2288], 99.95th=[ 2992],
    | 99.99th=[ 5536]
    bw ( KiB/s): min=172032, max=892928, per=25.17%, avg=487300.45, stdev=102241.30, samples=337
    iops : min= 42, max= 218, avg=118.91, stdev=24.97, samples=337
    write: IOPS=482, BW=1930MiB/s (2023MB/s)(80.8GiB/42891msec)
    slat (usec): min=889, max=44128, avg=1970.38, stdev=636.91
    clat (nsec): min=331, max=11721, avg=644.75, stdev=165.49
    lat (usec): min=889, max=44130, avg=1971.41, stdev=636.97
    clat percentiles (nsec):
    | 1.00th=[ 370], 5.00th=[ 390], 10.00th=[ 422], 20.00th=[ 572],
    | 30.00th=[ 604], 40.00th=[ 620], 50.00th=[ 628], 60.00th=[ 652],
    | 70.00th=[ 700], 80.00th=[ 772], 90.00th=[ 820], 95.00th=[ 868],
    | 99.00th=[ 964], 99.50th=[ 1004], 99.90th=[ 1144], 99.95th=[ 1560],
    | 99.99th=[ 3856]
    bw ( KiB/s): min=180224, max=966656, per=25.19%, avg=497651.17, stdev=120205.22, samples=337
    iops : min= 44, max= 236, avg=121.44, stdev=29.35, samples=337
    lat (nsec) : 500=13.07%, 750=49.88%, 1000=32.57%
    lat (usec) : 2=4.38%, 4=0.10%, 10=0.01%, 20=0.01%
    cpu : usr=0.72%, sys=35.32%, ctx=84445, majf=0, minf=49
    IO depths : 1=100.0%, 2=0.0%, 4=0.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
    submit : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
    complete : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
    issued rwt: total=20270,20690,0, short=0,0,0, dropped=0,0,0
    latency : target=0, window=0, percentile=100.00%, depth=1

    Run status group 0 (all jobs):
    READ: bw=1890MiB/s (1982MB/s), 1890MiB/s-1890MiB/s (1982MB/s-1982MB/s), io=79.2GiB (85.0GB), run=42891-42891msec
    WRITE: bw=1930MiB/s (2023MB/s), 1930MiB/s-1930MiB/s (2023MB/s-2023MB/s), io=80.8GiB (86.8GB), run=42891-42891msec

    Disk stats (read/write):
    nvme0n1: ios=82657/82416, merge=0/184, ticks=112137/2581586, in_queue=2429296, util=99.46%

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