When NVMe makers decide to cool down their drives they either say good luck or strap a large aluminum heat-sink to it, but T-Force shuffles things up with the use of ceramic! No, they're not making pottery here but a good ceramic material acts as a good conductor of heat so it makes sense, and if you're doing a white build this will fit right in! But is the ceramic-sinked T-Force Cardea C440 all it's cracked up to be? Let's dig in.

First Look At T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 – Unboxing And Closer Look

The blister pack for the T-Force Cardea C440 isn't quite as premium as the product inside, but it's simple, effective, and cuts back on waste. The front has the pertinent nomenclature to make it clear what model and capacity you're looking at. We received the 1TB for this review but it is available in a 2TB flavor. Flipping things over to the back we're treated to the actual information of what you're buying. Offering up the usual marketing material we also find listed Crystal Disk Mark performance metrics for the 1TB and 2TB model in reads/writes bost sequential and IOPS. Kudos for giving customers information on what they're getting right there on the package.

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The drive itself if of the typical affair, and just like the Cardea II we're served up the unfortunate blue PCB. That would be worse if it was a bare drive, but it's covered on the outward-facing side with a beautiful white ceramic heatsink marked in gold letters. The backside that you won't see has your usual nomenclature.

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T-Force Cardea C440 Lineup

Capacity1TB, 2TB
InterfacePCIe Gen 4x4 NVMe 1.3
ControllerPhison E16
DRAM/MemoryDDR4/Kioxia 96L TLC
Performance Read Peakup to 5,000 MB/s
Performance Write Peakup to 4,400 MB/s
IOPS Read Peak750K
IOPS Write Peak750K
Meantime Between Failure1,700,000 hours
Warranty5 Year

 

Testing Setup

Our test bench is now using the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS TUF Gaming X570 Pro-WiFi so that now we have access to be able to take PCIe Gen 4 drives into account. We have the Ryzen 9 3900X clocked at 4.3GHz all core with the Hyper X Predator DDR4 3600 CL17.  Before starting the tests I loaded the NVMe drive up to 60% capacity so that the testing would not be run on a clean empty drive.

ComponentModel
CPUAMD Ryzen 9 3900X @ 4.3GHz All Core
MotherboardASUS TUF Gaming X570 Pro-WiFi
MemoryHyper X Predator 2x16GB (32GB) 3600MHz CL17
PSUCooler Master V1200P
OSWindows 10-64 Bit
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE
CaseLian Li T70X

T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440

ATTO Disk Benchmark

As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid-state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark.

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host bus adapters (HBAs), hard drives, and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

ATTO Write
512B
1KB
2KB
4KB
8KB
16KB
32KB
64KB
128KB
256KB
512KB
1MB
2MB
4MB
8MB
0
700
1400
2100
2800
3500
4200
0
700
1400
2100
2800
3500
4200
T-Force Cardea Gen4
40
81
162
347
603
1.1k
2.2k
3.6k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.8k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
51
101
194
401
774
1.5k
2.8k
3.7k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
3.9k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
65
142
285
556
1k
1.7k
2.3k
2.5k
2.7k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
68
135
278
547
982
1.6k
2.2k
2.4k
2.5k
2.6k
2.6k
2.6k
2.6k
2.6k
2.6k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
75
148
288
552
1.2k
2.2k
2.9k
3k
3k
3k
3k
3k
3k
3k
3k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
11
30
67
645
1.2k
1.9k
2.7k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
2.8k
ATTO Read
512B
1KB
2KB
4KB
8KB
16KB
32KB
64KB
128KB
256KB
512KB
1MB
2MB
4MB
8MB
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
T-Force Cardea Gen4
43
89
168
357
663
1.4k
2.5k
2.8k
4.6k
5.3k
5.2k
5.2k
5.2k
5.2k
5.2k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
46
95
185
424
834
1.6k
2.5k
2.8k
4.5k
5.3k
5.2k
5.2k
5.1k
5.1k
5.1k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
75
150
323
626
1k
2k
2.6k
2.7k
2.9k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
76
157
330
645
1k
2.8k
3k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
74
150
317
597
1.1k
2.4k
2.8k
3k
3.1k
3.1k
3.1k
3.2k
3.3k
3.2k
3.2k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
12
24
52
430
750
1.1k
1.7k
2.1k
2.3k
2.6k
3.1k
3.3k
3.3k
3.3k
3.3k

Crystal Disk Mark 6.0

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software Made by a Japanese coder named Hiyohiyo and is one of the simplest and most frequently used tests for storage due to its simple and easy to understand UI. It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed,select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill).

CrystalDiskMark 6
4KB Q1T1 Read
4KB Q1T1 Write
4KB Q32T1 Read
4KB Q32T1 Write
4KB Q8T8 Read
4KB Q8T8 Write
Sequential Reads
Sequential Writes
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
T-Force Cardea Gen4
51.9
235.8
619.6
412.6
1.6k
969.8
5k
4.3k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
64
202.6
639.5
598.8
2k
2.2k
5k
4.2k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
65
166
592.6
479.9
1.3k
1.5k
3.5k
3.1k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
60
154
557
412
1.4k
1.4k
3.5k
2.9k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
50.7
168.1
554.8
467.2
1.5k
2.2k
3.6k
3.3k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
50.3
173.9
551.6
433.7
1.7k
2.1k
3.4k
3k

AS SSD

AS SSD is the opposite of ATTO as it uses incompressible data rather than compressible data and simulates the worst possible scenario imaginable for an SSD which gives the best understanding of performance when pushing the drive to its limits.

We separate the IOPS and MB/s in the results for ease of reading.

AS SSD MB/s
4K Read
4k Write
4K 64T Read
4K 64T Write
Sequential Reads
Sequential Writes
0
900
1800
2700
3600
4500
5400
0
900
1800
2700
3600
4500
5400
T-Force Cardea Gen4
74.2
197.5
2.2k
3.4k
4.2k
3.7k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
77.6
185
227.4
3.5k
4.2k
3.8k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
65.9
184
1.3k
1.3k
3k
2.6k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
61.2
178.4
1.4k
1.3k
3k
2.5k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
54.5
187.1
1.6k
2.4k
3k
2.9k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
49.9
197.1
1.7k
2.2k
3.1k
2.7k
AS SSD IOPS
16MB Read
16MB Write
4K Read
4K Write
512B Read
512B Write
4KB 64T Read
4KB 64T Write
0
146024
292048
438072
584096
730120
876144
0
146024
292048
438072
584096
730120
876144
T-Force Cardea Gen4
250.3
237.9
16.9k
50.4k
50.8k
52.1k
580.3k
798.6k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
256.6
235.8
19.9k
47.5k
47.4k
49.3k
577.8k
876.1k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
186.5
162.3
16.9k
46.9k
50.1k
48.1k
322.9k
339.1k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
187.6
148.3
15.7k
45.7k
48k
46.6k
349.4k
328.3k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
187.3
180.1
14.1k
47.7k
40.7k
50.6k
418.2k
630.6k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
192.1
172.4
11.9k
50.2k
53k
49.7k
438.2k
569.2k

ANVIL's Storage Utilities

Anvil's Storage Utilities benchmark may be a bit of an older benchmark, but it's still very much relevant today.  It takes various performance and response time metrics and gives them a score in read and writes then delivers an overall rating, which is useful to see where an HDD or SSD slots in general performance.

Anvil's Storage Utilities
Read Score
Write Score
Total Score
0
4000
8000
12000
16000
20000
24000
0
4000
8000
12000
16000
20000
24000
T-Force Cardea Gen4
7.6k
12.1k
19.6k
Silicon Power Gen4 1TB
7.7k
12.1k
19.8k
HP EX950 1TB NVMe
6.2k
10k
16.2k
Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe
6.6k
9.4k
16k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVMe
6.6k
10.5k
17.1k
WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
6.5k
11.6k
18.1k

Conclusion

The T-Force Cardea C440's $189.99 price tag for the 1TB ($364.99 for 2TB) does put it more in line with the premium-priced drives, and a little more expensive than the Silicon Power US70 we recently reviewed. But it isn't so far that it seems unreasonable. You're getting a mostly good looking (save for blue PCB) drive that has adequate cooling measure taken to ensure endurance performance. But with the upcoming Samsung 980 Pro, some people may have a pause. But that is a $229 drive and costing over 25% more. You're going to blow away Gen 3.0 drives with this one in almost all cases and if you find yourself needing to remove the heatsink for placing under one supplied by your board you can do that, but I'd likely save some change and go with another drive at that point.

The heatsink is quite effective with keeping the drive around 54C when there is active airflow around it and only topping out at 71C without direct airflow under our testing conditions.

The T-Force Cardea C440 is a solid performing drive that will be able to handle your workloads with ease and the 5-year warranty means you can rest assured it'll be taken care of if there are any issues for quite some time.

8.75
Wccftech Rating

The T-Force Cardea C440 is a solid performing drive that will be able to handle your workloads with ease and the 5-year warranty means you can rest assured it'll be taken care of if there are any issues for quite some time.

Pros
  • Attractive and effective heatsink
  • No thermal throttling in tests
  • Great performance
  • Solid warranty
  • Well informed packaging
Cons
  • Blue PCB
  • Tough Price Point
  • Other Gen4 Drives offer similar performance for less

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