TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD 250GB Review in English
Today we have under review the storage device TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD 250GB, catalogued (at least by us) as a “HALO” product. We will explain what “halo product” means later and we will also see performance, tests and what comes under the ARGB solution that TeamGroup has chosen (controller, NAND flash) for this 2.5″ SSD.
The product has been “sampled” directly by TeamGroup Taiwan.
TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD 250GB – What is a “HALO PRODUCT”? & Specifications
Above all, we consider the TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD series to be a “halo” product. Some may be familiar with the term, but we will explain for those who do not know the definition.
A “halo product” is a type of product that does not necessarily have performance as its strong point (or may have) but the greatest “feature” is how “gorgeous and physically appealing” is seen to the eye of the customer. In short, a HALO product does not necessarily scale linearly with price. Rather, it is quite the opposite.
A halo product costs relatively more than a normal product with the same performance, but in return you buy something that radiates beauty/elegance and is very eye-catching.
The TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD comes with a good performance and the design is very eye-catching and is intended to be displayed or visible in the case.
DELTA MAX SSD 250GB – Specifications
At the heart of all SSDs, there is a controller, NAND Flash and depending on the model, it can come with its own cache. In the case of the 250GB DELTA MAX SSD, it uses the Silicon Motion SM 2258G controller.
As for the NAND it uses, since it comes “branded” with the TeamGroup logo, it is difficult to say which is the manufacturer, but according to the technical data of the controller, the NAND must be 3D TLC (64 layers).
As internal cache (RAM) it uses the following Samsung part (K4B2G1646Q-BCKO) DDR3 at 1600 MHz and its size is 250MB.
The biggest feature of this model is based on its looks and its DRGB/ARGB lights that can be customized through the motherboard software of any manufacturer (5V ARGB). The TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD is priced in the U.S. at 70 USD and sold locally at 76 USD.
The product warranty is 3 years.
Contents TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD
Specifications table (summary) – TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD 250GB
TeamGroup T-Force DELTA MAX SSD 250GB
|Interface||SATA Rev 3.0 6Gb/s|
|Form Factor||2.5" SSD|
|DDR CACHE||250MB Samsung K4B2G1646Q-BCKO DDR3 1600 MHz|
|Sequential Read Speed||560 MB/sec|
|Sequential Write Speed||500 MB/sec|
|Random Read IOPS||90K|
|Random Write IOPS||75K|
|Dimensions||100 (Length) x 69.85 (Wide) x 9.5 (Height) mm|
|Mean Time Before Failure (MBTF)||1 million hours|
|Operative Temperature||0°C ~ 70°C|
|Price||Amazon (USA): 70 USD (https://amzn.to/38TwMvA)|
Unboxing and disassembling – TeamGroup DELTA MAX SSD 250GB
TeamGroup kindly includes two cables (one USB and one ARGB/DRGB for the motherboard). This is good, as some users who have gone for an entry-level/mid-tier motherboard will not have a 5v ARGB/DRGB port. For those users, the USB cable connects to the board and will work in the default ARGB mode.
Let’s also see what it looks like inside the DELTA MAX SSD 250GB.
Unlike what most people think, storage benchmarks are mostly synthetic and do not reflect real-life performance, as the type of use given by each final user varies.
There is no “single test” that can replicate a real use, but they exist to give a reference of the possible performance of the product in testing in different scenarios.
PCMark 8 (Storage Benchmark) is the “most accurate” test of all in which we will base the actual performance of a storage device for the daily use of a normal consumer, although it does not simulate all the types that a user may have.
For the average gamer public this test is the one that resembles a daily use.
We have added/updated some benchmarks for our SSD suite, such as the loading time of the FFXIV Demo, PCMark Vantage HDD Suite and upgraded to the new version of CDM 7.
Here is the list of benchmarks we will use:
-ATTO Disk Benchmark
-AS SSD Benchmark
-Anvil Storage Utilities
-FFXIV Demo – Tiempo de carga
-PCMark Vantage HDD Storage Suite
-PCMark 8 (Storage Benchmark)
Before passing to the tests, here is our test bench…
CPU: Intel i7 8700K @ 4.7 GHz
Motherboard: AORUS Z390 Ultra (F8 BIOS)
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200 MHz CL14 2x8GB
OS: Windows 10 Home Version 1909 (November’s Update) + Spectre/Meltdown patches + others
SSD: 120GB (OS)
Storage under review: TeamGroup Delta MAX SSD 250GB
CrystalDiskMark has received an update (version 7.0). Like all new versions of CDM, making comparisons with previous versions is invalid in most cases. With CDM7, in addition to the standardized test, they have added new test profiles.
Among them are the following:
-Maximum performance (Peak)
– “Real Life Performance.”
Real Profile (+Read 70%/Write 30%)
ATTO Disk Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
FFXIV Demo – Loading Time
PCMark Vantage HDD Storage Suite
PCMark8 is the most faithful test of what an average user can do in real life. If you ask, why don’t we use PCMark10, it is because it does not have an updated test for its popular benchmark for storage within their test suite.
The benchmark offers different scores, as well as, the time in loading and completing a task in different applications, games, productivity programs (Adobe) and office programs such as the “Office Suite”.
It also offers a final score (Storage 2.0 Score) but the most important factor, is the average speed (bandwidth) you had during the test session; since this test lasts more than an hour.
Intel processors have received a penalty due to the Spectre and Meltdown patches and the performance (or score) on PCMark 8 has been affected; so we restarted our database from scratch.
PCMark 8 Storage 2.0 Bandwidth
Although it is a high-end 2.5″ SSD product, TeamGroup has not included temperature sensor for this product. On one hand, it “bothers” us but at the same time we can leave this part detail forego, since 2.5″ SSDs do not overheat, unlike SSDs using the PCIe NVMe protocol.
It would just be nice to have the feature for such a product.
Final analysis – 2.5″ SSD with premium look, with a premium cost
The TeamGroup T-Force DELTA MAX SSD 250GB unit falls within our expectations. It is a SSD with decent performance for its format (2.5″ SATA SSD) that also has internal cache.
At its heart it uses the SM2258G controller with 250MB of DDR3-1600 SAMSUNG cache. The strongest point of that unit is how eye-catching it looks and being able to customize its lightning using the ARGB motherboard software (motherboard has to have it).
The only “negative” point is its price and a big part of the price increase is having several ARGB LEDs and an additional PCB that interacts and connects to the motherboard.
For users looking for price/performance, there are several other options on the market at a better price and slightly better, BUT, the DELTA MAX SSD is one of the few SSDs with ARGB and mirror finish in the market.
Remember to have a place in your case to showcase the SSD if you buy it, since you are paying most of the price for the looks of this “HALO” product.
-Aesthetics and ARGB lights, which is the strong point of this product.
-Comes with option (USB cable) for those who do not have option of a 5v ARGB/DRGB port on their motherboards.
-Bad price/performance ratio, as the “ARGB effect” increases a premium to the product.
-Somewhat short warranty for a high-end brand product (only three years).
The TeamGroup T-Force DELTA MAX SSD 250GB storage takes our gold award, as does our recommendation, as it has good factory performance and its ARGB aesthetics with a mirror finish is unique in the market. Obviously, it also wins an aesthetics award.
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