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PCIe 5.0 SSD that reaches 12,000 MB/s

TEAMGROUP announced the launch of its new top-of-the-line SSD, the T-FORCE CARDEA Z540. Thus, we find ourselves before an SSD in NVMe 2.0 M.2 format seasoned with the PCIe 5.0 x5 interface to provide a big injection into a team’s storage system. Of course, unlike the latest PCIe 5.0 SSDs that we have seen on the market, this one offers reading speeds 20% higher.

In addition to being faster than other SSDs, interestingly, the SSD is extremely thin. This is completely the opposite of the AORUS SSD that we saw a few days ago with a huge cooling system made up of an aluminum radiator crossed by two copper heat pipes. In this way, the T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 allows greater compatibility in ultra-compact equipment, not to mention being able to be used in new generation laptops.


“T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD is equipped with an exclusive ultra-thin graphene heatsink that combines multiple patented technologies. It is made of 100% recyclable graphene material and uses the advantages of nested lattice structures Hexagonal honeycomb to disperse heat horizontally quickly and evenly, giving the Z540 SSD top-notch cooling.”

T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 Specifications


According to the data provided by the company, for now we will have a single model with 2TB capacity. This is capable of reaching data transfer speeds of up to 12,000MB/s for reading, and up to 10,000MB/s for writing. When it comes to 4K random read and write speeds, we’re talking about a performance of 1,400,000/1,500,000 IOPS respectively. This drive has a lifespan of 1,400 terabytes of data written, or 1.7 million hours of operation (many years, don’t pull out the calculator). Additionally, this unit is supported with a service of 5 year warranty.

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The secret of its extreme thinness, and weight (13 grams), is in the cooling system. Specifically, we are talking about the T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 incorporating a graphene heatsink. This heatsink is designed to be used on top of another cooling system, that is, the aluminum heatsink itself that usually includes the motherboards.

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The graphene heatsink provides extra cooling when combined with the motherboard

T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 graphene heatsink

According to the company, this graphene heatsink helps to reduce temperatures between 3 and 5ºC regarding using only the aluminum cooling system that incorporates the motherboard.

“According to T-FORCE LAB’s internal tests, the operating temperature of Z540 SSD, which combines motherboard heatsink and graphene heatsink, is 3-5ºC lower than the temperature compared to using only the motherboard cooling system”.

This SSD will go on sale during the next quarter (from April to July) at a recommended price of $499.99. It will be time to wait to find out what its price in euros will be for our market, but you can get the idea. that will exceed 500 euros.

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