-Finding the Best M.2 SSD Drive
Under the hoods of the newest, skinniest laptops (and in the hollows of the latest PC motherboards), solid-state storage is undergoing a transformation. Even if you’re a close observer of all things tech, it’s understandable if you didn’t even realize it was happening.
The traditional SSD that you buy and install in a desktop PC, or in place of a hard drive in a laptop, uses what’s known as the “2.5-inch drive” form factor. (In actuality, the drives are about 2.75 inches wide.) These SSDs have the same dimensions that laptop-style hard drives do. SSD makers adopted this standard size to make SSDs compatible with existing laptop designs. (They could configure laptops with the choice of a hard drive or an SSD without any retooling.) Desktop PCs, meanwhile, could accommodate SSDs of this size with little fuss. You could mount them in a 3.5-inch drive bay using a simple bracket. Over time, too, desktop PC chassis have evolved to gain their own bays and mounting points for 2.5-inch drives.
–Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Today, we have for review the Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD in the 256GB version.
The drive uses the compact M.2 form factor with a PCI-Express x4 connection to the rest of the system. Phison’s brand-new E12 controller is used, paired with Toshiba 3D TLC flash chips. Rounding off the package is a 256 MB DDR3 DRAM chip to store the flash mapping tables. Team Group is a well-known Taiwanese memory and flash storage maker with a long history of catering to the needs of users from all over the globe.
The MP34 is available in capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. Endurance is rated at 380 TB, 800 TB and 1,660 TB respectively. At this price level, the MP34 is barely more expensive than most high-performance SATA drives, making it one of the most affordable options to jump on the M.2 PCI-Express NVMe train.
|Flash:||Toshiba 15 nm, 64-layer 3D TLCTCBBG55-AIV|
|DRAM:||Nanya DDR3-1866 256 MBNT5CC128M16JR-EK|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)|
|Form Factor:||M.2 2280|
|Interface:||PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Device ID:||TEAM TM8FP4512G|
|Features||-Using the new generation of 3D flash memory: Capacity, performance, and durability are greatly improved.|
-PCIe interface – Supports latest NVMe 1.3 protocol
-M.2 2280 specification: Supports the next-generation platforms of Intel and AMD. Suitable for both desktop and notebook.
Speed Test for MP34 M.2 PCIe SSD
Testing on this page looks at exactly that scenario. We write a sequential stream of 1 MB blocks to the drive in a single thread, like a typical file-copy operation would do, and measure writes speeds twice a second. The drive is fully erased before testing to ensure any caches are emptied. Please note that this test writes a lot of data in a very short time, which is something most consumers will never do.