The Teamgroup MP44 SSD isn’t just another entry in the storage market; it’s a game-changer with a massive storage option of up to 8TB. In a world where high-definition multimedia content, expansive game libraries, and voluminous data sets are becoming the norm, the need for vast, efficient storage is more critical than ever. The MP44 doesn’t just address this need—it exceeds it.
Consider the needs of a content creator grappling with 4K video editing, where file sizes can balloon to hundreds of gigabytes, or a gamer’s library teeming with modern, large-scale games that devour disk space. Even businesses that handle substantial repositories of customer data and analytics require fast, high-capacity SSDs. The MP44 is designed for all these scenarios and more.
Featuring PCIe 4.0 technology and an impressive range of capacities up to 8TB, the MP44 also breaks the 7GB mark speed. The advertised speeds of this SSD are 7,400MB/s read and 7,000MB/s write, it offers performance that doesn’t just talk but delivers.
The TeamGroup MP44 SSD is available in various sizes, with the 1TB model retailing at $69.99 (PHP 3,957), 2TB at $99.99 (PHP 5,653), 4TB at $266.99 (PHP 15,096), and 8TB at a substantial $799 (PHP 43,367). Endurance for each variant is 700 TBW, 1,450 TBW, 2,500 TBW, 3,000 TBW and 6,000 TBW, respectively.
In this review, we’ll explore the Teamgroup MP44 SSD in detail, delving into its design, pricing, performance, and how it fits into these real-world scenarios.
The Teamgroup MP44 SSD arrives in a package that immediately stands out, thanks to its signature color combination that marks the MP series SSDs – a sleek White and Blue theme. Upon laying eyes on the package, the front is dominated by a White background, artistically contrasted with Blue details that accent the bottom and sides.
The MP44 SSD itself is prominently displayed in the front allowing potential buyers to get a clear look at the device they’re about to invest in. Accompanying the visual display, key details are also present: the specific storage size, essential features, and the all-important compatibility with PCIe 4.0 x 4.
Turning to the back of the package, the entire specification list is laid out, providing a comprehensive overview of what the SSD brings to the table. From speed ratings to compatibility details, everything a user needs to know is transparently presented. There is also a cut-out that allows you to see the actual SSD itself. Adding to the consumer’s confidence is the prominent emphasis on the 5-year warranty, which is highlighted in the top right corner.
The MP44 SSD
Upon removing the Teamgroup MP44 SSD from its packaging, you’ll be greeted simple yet effective design that prioritizes functionality without neglecting aesthetics. The SSD’s body incorporates a black-and-white color scheme, with the black striking contrast to the overall design. The TEAMGROUP logo stands out prominently, lending a touch of brand identity without being overly intrusive.
What catches the eye most, however, is its 1mm thick Graphene sticker, which doesn’t just provide key details and specifications but also functions as a heat spreader. This dual-purpose design ensures that the SSD is kept cool during operation, an essential feature for maintaining optimal performance over time. All the vital information is displayed right on the SSD, meaning you don’t have to keep the box around to know what you have.
On the back, the Teamgroup MP44 SSD reveals a pure black PCB with no additional electronic components, which is safe to say that it can be safely installed on notebooks and other SSD-powered devices.
Removing the Graphene stickers, allow us to see the components behind the SSD. Note that removing these stickers will void the warranty, so we’ve done this on your behalf, allowing you a unique glimpse into the technology that powers this impressive storage solution.
The Teamgroup MP44 SSD leverages the cutting-edge MAP1602A-F3C memory controller from Maxio. This controller is built on a 12nm process technology and equipped with an ARM Cortex-R5 CPU core, making it a DRAM-less SSD. With a 2,400 MT/s bus, it distinguishes itself from other DRAM-less PCIe controllers in the market. While the term “DRAM-less” may raise eyebrows due to no DRAM and shorter lifespan, the reality is that today’s DRAM-less technology has evolved and improved significantly, DRAM improvements are no longer noticeable when compared with the latest NVMe SSDs rendering those concerns largely a thing of the past.
Teamgroup MP44 SSD’s storage component uses the latest breakthroughs in TLC NAND technology, known as Xtacking 3.0 (EET1A). The 232-layer structure with a 6-plane NAND design, as opposed to the traditional 4-plane, allows for faster communication with the data, achieving a speed of 2,400 MT/s. This means that files are accessed more quickly, providing a smoother user experience.
When it comes to evaluating the performance of the Teamgroup MP44 SSD, we conducted several rigorous benchmark tests to gauge its capabilities. These are the specification of the testing environment that we will be using for the benchmarks:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7900
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE B650 AORUS ELITE AX Motherboard
- RAM Memory: T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-6200Mhz 32GB
- OS: Windows 11 Pro
Checking the basic information of the SSD, its working temperature is at 44°C, and some basic features like the SMART, TRIM, and VolatileWriteCache.
We kick off our benchmark with CrystalDiskMark, a widely recognized benchmarking tool used to evaluate the performance of various types of storage devices, most rated speed of SSD are using CrystalDiskMark, and one of it the MP44 advertised speed. CrystalDiskMark helps to analyze the data being read or written, the random or sequential nature of the access and several other factors by performing a series of specific tests, each targeting a particular common use case or data pattern.
The benchmark results show the SSD was able to reach the advertised speed with a score of 7,352.19MB/s read and 6,574.91MB/s write. This score shows excellent for tasks like high-resolution video editing. When tested with moderately large files, it maintained consistent performance with 7,288.21MB/s read and 6570.21MB/s write, showing its reliability across different file sizes. In a complex task handling test using multi-threading, it showed strong read/write speeds of 2,967.65MB/s and 2716.94MB/s, perfect for gaming or running heavy applications. The final test, which represents more straightforward and common tasks, achieved 78.48MB/s read and 303.01MB/s write, indicating its efficiency in everyday use like booting up the operating system or opening regular applications.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark, another highly regarded tool for evaluating SSD performance. Unlike other benchmarks that can be affected by the operating system’s cache, AS SSD Benchmark tests the raw performance of the drive without any outside interference. This gives a more accurate reflection of the drive’s capabilities in a controlled environment. Through a series of sequential and random read/write tests, it assesses how well the SSD performs with different file sizes and access patterns.
The Sequential test (Seq) recorded speeds of 6,310 MB/s for reading and 5,612 MB/s for writing, reflecting how the drive performs during large file transfers. The 4K test, which simulates reading and writing small files, yielded 81 MB/s read and 195 MB/s write, while the 4K-64Thread (4K-64Thrd) test, representing multi-threaded operations, achieved 2,574 MB/s read and 3,079 MB/s write. Lastly, the Access Time (Acc time) measurements, 0.017ms for read and 0.049ms for write, show the drive’s responsiveness in quickly accessing stored data.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Next in our testing lineup is ATTO Disk Benchmark, an industry-standard tool. What sets ATTO apart is its ability to test across a wide range of file sizes, from small 512-byte files up to 64MB chunks. By assessing how the SSD performs with different file sizes, ATTO provides valuable insights into how the drive will behave in real-world scenarios.
From 512B to 32KB demonstrates a typical progression for SSDs, where the speed gradually increases as the file sizes become larger. The write speed begins to reach its maximum potential at 64KB, while the read speed does so at 512KB. Beyond these points, both read and write speeds stabilize, fully realizing their capabilities. This pattern of acceleration and stabilization is standard for SSDs, and it reflects the Teamgroup MP44 SSD’s performance in handling different file sizes effectively.
UL 3DMark Storage Benchmark
The UL 3DMark Storage Benchmark is a specialized tool tailored to evaluate the performance of storage devices in a gaming context. Unlike traditional benchmarks that focus solely on raw data transfer rates, the 3DMark test suite aims to measure how the SSD performs during actual gaming workloads. By simulating real-world gaming scenarios that rely heavily on the storage subsystem, this benchmark provides a unique perspective on how the Teamgroup MP44 will impact loading times, game asset streaming, and overall responsiveness within a game environment.
The Teamgroup MP44 SSD scored a remarkable 3,413 points. It achieved an average bandwidth of 577.79 MB/s with an average access time of just 52 microseconds. These metrics were obtained from real-world gaming loads, simulating popular titles such as Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Overwatch. The benchmark also featured a specific “Record Game” test, where the MP44 reached a speed of 182MB/s at an access time of 47 microseconds – 182MB/s is equal to 4K recording.
PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Quick System
PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Quick System is a part of the renowned PCMark suite, designed specifically to gauge the performance of storage devices within a broader system context. The Quick System test provides insights into how the Teamgroup MP44 SSD performs in everyday tasks and common applications. By simulating real-world workloads, such as opening applications, booting up the operating system, and copying files, this benchmark gives a clear picture of how the SSD would behave in typical daily use.
The MP44 excelled with a score of 3,617, boasting an overall bandwidth of 436.9 MB/s and an access time of just 35.0 microseconds. These figures underline the MP44’s ability to deliver rapid and responsive performance in a wide range of daily tasks, from launching applications to loading files, making it a versatile and reliable choice for users seeking efficiency in their daily computing experience.
PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Data Drive
The PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Data Drive test is another key part of the extensive PCMark 10 suite, specifically focusing on how a storage device performs when used for storing and accessing large volumes of data. This benchmark provides an insightful measure of its capabilities in scenarios like content creation, big data analysis, and other data-heavy applications.
The MP44 performed well in this scenario, achieving a score of 4,455, with an impressive overall bandwidth of 662.7 MB/s and an access time of 35.0 microseconds. These results reflect the SSD’s robust capability to manage and access data quickly, making it an excellent choice for users who require rapid access to large files and various multimedia content.
PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Full System
The PCMark 10 Storage Benchmark – Full System is a comprehensive and demanding test that seeks to evaluate an SSD’s performance like the quick system, but now, throughout and exhaustive benchmarking that lasted for an entire hour.
The MP44 achieved a commendable score of 3,474, with an overall bandwidth of 541.1 MB/s and an access time of 47.0 microseconds. The results emphasize the SSD’s reliable and consistent performance across various storage tasks, whether it be loading large files, booting up complex software, or managing intricate data sets. The MP44’s capability to meet and exceed these demanding requirements highlights its suitability as a versatile and dependable storage solution for a wide range of users.
AIDA64 Disk Benchmark (Throttling Check)
To quick check if our SSD has a throttling issue, we test it with 14 minutes test using AIDA64 Disk Benchmark via Random Read if we see there is a sign of slowdown.
From the graph, it’s evident that the SSD maintains a consistent performance at an average speed of 1,872.5 MB/s throughout our 15-minute test, without any throttling. No throttling signifies that the SSD was able to keep its temperature in check, never reaching its maximum operational temperature. Even after the rigorous testing, the temperature remained at a cool 45°C, highlighting its efficient thermal management and reliable performance.
In the ever-expanding universe of digital content, the Teamgroup MP44 SSD emerges to provide and fast storage alternative. Its 7GB mark breaking speed, nearly reaching the advertised 7,400MB/s read and 7,000MB/s write in our extensive benchmarks, translates into real-world efficiency and performance that resonates with gamers, content creators, and those in need of swift data storage.
The MP44’s extensive capacity range, stretching up to 8TB, is more than a spacious haven—it’s assurance that your storage needs are met, both now and in the foreseeable future. But the MP44 is more than its impressive speed and size. It comes with a 5-year warranty, reflecting Teamgroup’s faith in the product and dedication to customer satisfaction.
In our testing, the MP44’s real-world use case shines bright. It’s designed for those who demand more from their storage solutions, cheap and it delivers. Do we recommend Teamgroup MP44? Absolutely, if you’re comfortable with a DRAM-less SSD and seek a blend of speed, capacity, and affordability, the MP44 could be an excellent choice for you. It’s a product that meets the demands of modern digital lifestyles and offers value that’s hard to overlook.