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T-Force Cardea A440 M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB Review

I’ve been doing this job long enough that Barracuda drives and those shiny new 2.5″ SSDs were all the rage for gaming PCs. Of course, we’ve (mostly) moved onto PCIe Gen 3 M.2 drives now, and in recent years, the much faster Gen 4 drives are dominating the performance charts. They haven’t quite gone into mass adoption yet though, as the prices are still relatively high, and while the performance is extremely good, Gen 3 drives are hardly a hindrance for many PC users. However, if money isn’t an issue, but having the absolute best performance is, then here’s the new T-Force Cardea A440!

Team Group T-Force Cardea A440

Promising sequential rest speeds of 7000 MB/s and write speeds of 6900 MB/s, those Skyrim loading screen tool-tips are going to look like subliminal messages. It comes equipped with the latest PCIe Gen4 x4 interface, so be sure you have a compatible motherboard and CPU combination to take advantage of it. However, it will work on PCIe Gen 3 ports, but like… why bother buying this if you haven’t got Gen 4. What’s really, and literally, cool about this design are the heatsinks. It comes equipped with two! A high-density aluminium block with fins, combined with an ultra-thin graphene heat sink, allowing you to choose what best fits your system.

This drive is basically the new version of a drive we reviewed almost a year ago. Check out the Cardea Zero Z440 1TB here.

  • Enjoy the lightning speed of the PCIe Gen4 x4
  • Featuring two patented heat sinks
  • Effective cooling—flexible installation
  • Supports the latest NVMe 1.4 standard

What Team Group Had to Say

“Supports the latest PCIe Gen4 x4 specification, reaching 7,000/6,900 Mb/s, provides outstanding performance 15 times faster than ordinary SATA SSDs and is backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0 ports. The first in the industry to incorporate two patented heat sinks, giving you the benefits of a patented high-strength aluminium heat sink and a patented ultra-thin graphene heat sink at the same time, so you can choose your preferred method for dissipating heat. The patented high-strength aluminium heat sink features a unique thermal diversion design, capable of effectively reducing the temperature by up to 15%. The patented ultra-thin graphene heat sink features graphene material with excellent thermal conduction performance, delivering heat dissipation rates of up to 9%. Two patented heat sinks allow for flexible assembly without interference issues.” – Team Group

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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