With a high-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 controller, enterprise-grade TLC flash, and a 12-year warranty, Team Group’s T-Create Expert delivers respectable performance and incredibly high endurance figures that put some of the best SSDs on the market to shame. . to make . Due to its impressive endurance, the company is positioning this SSD as the best consumer NVMe SSD for Chia Coin mining. Enterprise-grade TLC doesn’t come cheap, though, so it’ll cost you a pretty penny if you want one of these ultra-durable SSDs.
Chia Coin farming has exploded in just a few months, and with it the demand for powerful and durable NVMe SSDs for plotting. Chia plotting is taxing due to its heavy write and mixed workloads, so we generally recommend enterprise grade SSDs for this task. However, Team Group is singing a different tune. Rather than dissuade Chia farmers from buying their SSDs, Team Group has started marketing their drives to them.
Unfortunately, many Chia farmers still use standard consumer-grade hardware, with some suppliers going as far as: will void the warranty of SSDs made for Chia. are used plotting, while others have mixed thoughtsI By contrast, while Team Group initially designed the T-Create Expert for content creators with heavy workloads to manipulate multimedia files, the company now claims it plotting the best NVMe SSD for ChiaI
|Product||T-Create Expert 1TB||T-Create Expert 2TB|
|Capacity (User / Raw)||1024GB / 1024GB||2048GB / 2048GB|
|form factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface / Protocol||PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3||PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3|
|Memory||Micron 64L eTLC||Micron 64L eTLC|
|Random reading||180,000 IOPS||180,000 IOPS|
|Random writing||140,000 IOPS||140,000 IOPS|
|Endurance (TBW)||6,000 TB||12,000 TB|
|Guarantee||12 years||12 years|
Team Group’s T-Create Expert is available in two capacities of 1TB and 2TB for $430 and $830 respectively, meaning the SSDs are twice as expensive as standard M.2 NVMe drives. The company rates the Expert as a 3.4/3 GBps read/write throughput and supports up to 180,000/140,000 arbitrary read/write IOPS through the use of SLC caching.
The high durability ratings and warranty duration certainly stand out. Team Group rates the 1TB model as capable of withstanding up to 6,000TB of writes, while the 2TB model is rated for up to 12,000TB of writes within an astonishingly long 12-year warranty period. Surprisingly, the T-Create Expert comes with very little factory overprovisioning at just 7.4%. Still, thanks to the special blend of LDPC ECC and high-performance flash from Silicon Motion, these SSDs can withstand a lot of wear and tear and keep going.
A closer look
The Team Group T-Create Expert comes in an M.2 2280 double-sided form factor, limiting it in some mobile applications that require a single-sided design. However, it should fit most desktops. It also has a gray heat spreader over the controller to keep it cool, and the black PCB is a plus. Two small activity LEDs on the circuit board flash during use, one blue and one red.
Team Group’s T-Create Expert uses Silicon Motion’s SM2262EN PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD controller. This NVMe 1.3-compatible SSD is an older design at this point, but should still deliver responsive performance under most consumer workloads. It uses dual ARM Cortex R5 CPU cores along with an eight-channel architecture for enhanced interleaving. It works in tandem with DRAM to speed up access to the FTL layer as well.
The controller is clocked at 625 MHz, while the two 8Gb Micron DDR3L ICs operate at 800 MHz. The controller offers ASPM, ASPT and L1.2 support for low idle power consumption. It will also provide thermal gas to prioritize data protection at high temperatures above 75 degrees Celsius. The drive supports Trim and comes with SMART data reporting capabilities, but lacks AES 256-bit encryption.
The company has chosen to use Micron’s FortisMax high-endurance 64L enterprise TLC flash, which is capable of 10,000 P/E cycles or approximately 3-6x more endurance than your standard consumer flash. This is one of the reasons why this SSD is so expensive. Sixteen 512Gb quad-plane dies are spread over four NAND packets, each operating at 650 MTps.
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