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TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD (512GB) Review – Fast & Affordable Performance

TEAMGROUP sometimes always brings something new when it comes to Solid State Drive with a revolution in design that is much more fun. For example, when a manufacturer has broken the aesthetic value with the presence of RGB through Delta MAX, we think the CX2 SSD series offers elegance, performance, quality and price. When SSD 2.5 “is still a top priority and you need an immediate choice with fast, stable performance and not too tight prices, then TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD seems really worth considering. By carrying a 2.5-inch size and a large capacity variant ranging from 256GB to 2TB, this choice can certainly be something that attracts consumers in general, such as gamers, content creators or casual users.

The design as a whole is certainly very authoritative, with a combination of colors between silver metal finishing styles and large CX2 accents sometimes being the main magnet for manufacturers to attract more customers with unique offerings and truly feel its class. Sometimes, the design is another determining factor to make many consumers tempted by the products offered by manufacturers, especially if the first impression is really positive. And this is what TEAMGROUP realizes as one of the experienced manufacturers in DRAM and storage matters to always maintain their product expectations not only through performance and quality but also applies to design.

Specification

Model CX2
Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0
Capacity 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB[2]
Voltage DC +5V
Operation Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -40?C ~ 85?C
Terabyte Written 256GB / >200TB
512GB / >400TB
1TB / >800TB
2TB / >1600TB[3]
Performance Crystal Disk Mark:
256GB Read: Up to 520MB/s Max ; Write: 430MB/s
512GB Read: Up to 530MB/s Max ; Write: 470MB/s
1TB Read: Up to 540MB/s Max ; Write: 490MB/s
2TB Read: Up to 540MB/s Max ; Write: 490MB/s[4]
Dimensions 100(L) x 69.9(W) x 7(H) mm
Humidity 0°C ~ 55°C / 5% ~ 95% RH,non-condensing
Vibration 20G (non-operating)
Shock 1,500G
MTBF 1,000,000 hours
Operating System
  • Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
  • MAC OS 10.4 or later
  • Linux 2.6.33 or later
Warranty 3-year limited warranty

Design

When it comes to design, the CX2 SSD comes in a 2.5 ”factor with dimensions of 100 (L) x 69.9 (W) x 7 (H) mm and has a very lightweight. The choice of capacity as we mentioned earlier comes between 256GB / 512GB / 1TB and 2TB and has a SATA Rev interface. 3.0 (6Gb / s) which still has pretty good compatibility via SATA Rev. 2.0.

The manufacturer itself provides a long enough warranty of up to 3 years with an MTBF (Mean time between failures) resistance of up to 1 million hours. At least this can give the view that this SSD has good quality reliability, even has a shock resistance of up to 1500G or 25 times compared to standard HDD, moreover, it doesn’t have a driving component in it.

On the other hand, the TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD basically comes with a choice of NAND TLC (Triple Level Cell) types through a Die configuration at 512GB capacity consisting of 256GB x2 and using the SanDisk chipset as the main choice. This SSD also certainly supports the Windows TRIM optimization command which is able to release free blocks, allows the operating system to immediately be used to write data, accelerates SSD read/write performance, and also effectively reduces performance degradation and claims to keep performance running perfectly.

In addition, the CX2 also supports Wear-Leveling Technology and ECC (Error Correction Code) function which can increase the reliability of data transfer and extend the service life of the solid-state drive. At least, there are many positive things that this storage offers to consumers besides a design that has a good impression when you first see it.

Test system
CPU Intel® Core™ i5-8400
GPU MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC
Mainboard COLORFUL-iGame Z390 Vulcan X V20
SSD Storage (For Windows10), TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD (512GB)
random access memory Trident Z RGB – 3000Mhz (4x 8GB=32GB)

Performance

The TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD as a whole has good performance and is really stable, even for the longest use, we won’t feel the speed offered to drop significantly. Although, there have been a number of increases in temperature, although it is still relatively safe.

The AS SSD test was developed, as the name suggests, specifically for SSDs. It uses completely incompressible data, so this test is a worst-case scenario for controllers with compression technologies. The sequential test and 4K block test are performed with unit queue depth. Again, for desktop systems, the 4K unit QD 1 queue depth test is most important, and the 64 QD depth test again demonstrates the maximum capabilities of the SSD (with active NCQ).

In this benchmark, you can see that the CX2 offers sequential read speeds of up to 521 MB / s and up to 477 MB for write speeds, In the AS SSD test, we got results almost identical to the T-Force Vulcan. That we will observe in the rest of the tests. In general, the performance of Delta Max can be called good, we have a decent average.

Another popular test program for SSD benchmarks is “CrystalDiskMark” – here in the latest version 8.0.0. In this test, the manufacturer’s specifications are not only achieved but even exceeded. A very good result. The same goes for CrystalDiskMark, where results usually meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications. Almost 560 MB / s in sequential reading is very close to the theoretical maximum of the SATA interface.

Finally, we take a look at the very detailed ATTO disk benchmark. With this freeware tool, precise settings can be made for various parameters. The measured results are then clearly displayed in a graphic. Here there are minor fluctuations depending on the package size, which is completely normal. Unfortunately, the manufacturer’s information is not quite achieved here either-even if the difference is only very small and very likely not noticeable in practice.

Conclusion

After a detailed test and just as intensive use over 2 weeks as a system hard drive, we can say that the TEAMGROUP CX2 is a thoroughly successful SSD. The speed is more than sufficient for everyday use, including games, even if the manufacturer’s specifications are sometimes not completely adhered to. The TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD from TEAMGROUP certainly offers many positive things for casual users or gamers who want full performance for an SSD, good stability, special design, and of course prices that are considered quite reasonable for user budgets and wide capacity options. All of these things can be a definite superiority of what this storage offers.


Until in the end, TEAMGROUP CX2 SSD can certainly really make you consider it as a great storage option by offering many things, including quality, performance and design. At least, this device can be valuable as the main choice for PC build or upgrade the storage on a laptop with good compatibility value.

 

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