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Team Group T-Force DELTA MAX RGB 500GB SSD

I am slowly becoming a big fan of this company. Can't wait to get my hands on that liquid cooled M.2 Cardea SSD just because it's quite unique. Until then I wanted to try out the DELTA MAX RGB SSD. Looking at the basic idea, this was bound to happen and they are certainly not the first but so far their implementation is hands down the best looking option out there. Having a full RGB screen on your storage device seems useless at first glance since most users keep them hidden but if you have a case with vertical mounting for 2.5″ drives, well, that changes everything. Personally I think it looks so gorgeous even when it is not even in use with thas glass-mirror surface !

 

They came in either a 250 GB, 500 GB or 1TB capacity option with 60 TBW, 120 TBW, and 240 TBW respectively regarding the endurance rating. Plus they managed to respect the SSD format and to keep it at 9.5 mm thick. Then it’s really cool that they thought of backward comparability so all users can enjoy the light show. This means if you don’t have a 5V RGB connector on your motherboard you can still plug it in the USB 9 pin port and still use it with the built-in light effects. If you do have an RGB port available, then the sky is the limit since it will synchronise with your motherboard light controls software. In my case I used the ASUS AURA and which instantly recognised the T-Force SSD as the ‘RGB strip’ since it uses the 5V RGB header.

 

It uses a Silicon Motion SM2258 controller, Samsung 3D TLC flash NAND and Hynix DRAM. I can't find the exact capacity for the SLC cache (I did find it for the 1TB model which is 10GB so I would presume it's smaller for the 500GB variant that I have) but it performs really well even when it's filled with like a small performance penalty like 10-15%.

 

Regarding results, in synthetic tests it does what it says on the box. Then I copied the installation folder (66 GB) for The Division 2 from another SSD onto the the DELTA and it kept the full speed at max SATA interface speed all the way through. Only copying the same from it onto it per say, after the cache got filled I got the small drop of 10-15% as mentioned above which is really good where most SSDs will drop to 40-50% write speeds.

 

Anyway, here is the gorgeous bling that this drive brings to any display / show build ! Install a few puppies of these and enjoy the fireworks! 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOL I just saw that M.2 with the liquid refillable heat sink last night on Amazon and want it as well, but Im super budget oriented so currently passing on price to perf

 

Have they addressed the heat issue on these DELTA MAX SSD's?  Linus did a video a year or so ago about how these would super overheat after a while of normal operation due to the heat output of the LEDs?

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