Solid state storage technology is constantly improving. The truth, however, is while PCIe Gen 4 SSDs are now available, they are total overkill for most consumers. Hell, most people would be more than fine with a meager SATA drive. With that said, the previous-generation PCIe Gen 3 SSDs are now very inexpensive (and quite fast) making them a smart buy whether you truly need the extra speed or not. In other words, a SATA SSD should probably be avoided nowadays unless your PC simply isn’t compatible with anything else.
Today, TEAMGROUP releases its latest NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, and it is very affordable. Called “MP33 PRO,” it isn’t the fastest such drive, but it is certainly speedier than any SATA drive. While it lacks a fancy heatsink or flashy sticker, it will be offered in two PCB colors — blue and black. While both colors are nice, the black is certainly the better looking of the two.
“MP33 PRO M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive adopts PCIe Gen3x4 high-speed interface and highly compatible M.2 2280 specification. The maximum read/write speed can reach 2,100/1,700MB/s, and the random read/write capacity of 4K IOPS 220,000 can greatly increase the efficiency of data processing,” says TEAMGROUP.
The company also says, “A large capacity of up to 2TB is released for professional users, which can meet the needs of creators and gamers who need large amounts of storage space for their material. And the built-in smart algorithm management mechanism can ensure operation efficiency, speed and data storage stability.”
TEAMGROUP shares specifications below.
|Model||MP33 PRO M.2 PCIe SSD|
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3|
|Capacity||512GB / 1TB / 2TB|
|Operation Temperature||0˚C ~ 70˚C|
|Storage Temperature||-40˚C ~ 85˚C|
|Terabyte Written||512GB / >400TB
1TB / >600TB
2TB / >1,000TB
|Performance||Crystal Disk Mark:
Read/Write: up to 2,100/1,700 MB/s
Read/Write: 220K/200K IOPS Max
|Dimensions||80(L) x 22(W) x 3.8(H) mm|
|Humidity||RH 90% under 40°C (operational)|
|Warranty||5-year limited warranty|
The TEAMGROUP MP33 PRO NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD will be available in three capacities — 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. They will sell for $59.99, $103.99, and $239.99 respectively. While the SSD is not yet available purchase, it should soon be available on Amazon here.