SSD S.M.A.R.T. TOOL

TeamGroup has a software tool that allows you to perform certain functions on the SSD. The SSD SMART Tool can be downloaded here. This is version v0.1.2.0 and was just released this July, this is brand new software.

When you first open the software it shows you the model name, firmware version, serial number, and transfer mode of the SSD. It also shows the capacity, health, temperature and power-on status. The program also lists the SSD features, on ours you can see that is LBA48, S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, and DevSleep. Below is information about the S.M.A.R.T. status values. You can close the S.M.A.R.T. information and it will show the interface standard, host reads/writes, capacity, CHS, and LBA information. At the bottom, you can select between multiple drives on your system if you have multiple drives installed.

Under the System Info tab is information about your system. It shows motherboard info, CPU, BIOS, RAM, Graphics Card, Network, and OS information. The buttons at the bottom will open the Disk Management OS window and Device Manager. The last button changes the language.

Opening the Performance tab opens up a way to benchmark your SSD similar to CrystalDiskMark. By default, the “Quick Test” is enabled, and when you run it performance is tested quickly in SEQ128K Q32T1, RAND4K Q8T8, RAND4K Q32T1, RAND4K Q1T1, and SEQ8M Q1T1 in read and write. You can select the data to be shown in MB/s, MiB/s, IOPS, or Latency. If you uncheck the “Quick Test” option it will run the tests longer for a more accurate result.

Finally, the About tab shows you information about the program and lets you click to open the TeamGroup website.

Overall, this software is very simple. We aren’t sure if it actually allows you a method to check and upgrade the firmware on the SSD. While it shows the current firmware version, there was no option to have it check to see if that is the latest version available, and we didn’t see a method to allow you to upgrade the firmware manually.

It also seems to lack any kind of advanced function features on the SSD like encryption, or Secure Erase features or manipulation of TRIM or DevSleep functions. We do like that it has a built-in benchmark utility, that is a very nice inclusion. We also like that it allows you to look at SSD health and temperature, though some sort of monitoring if health drops below a certain range would be nice.

Installation

Installation was a breeze, we simply connected the SSD to our motherboard with a SATA cable, and plugged in power. There are no special storage drivers or controller drivers to install with this SSD, just the standard and latest AMD chipset drivers for our X570 motherboard. We were able to create a new partition and volume very easily, and the drive just worked as intended with no problems.

At the time of review, the TeamGroup SSD ToolBox software was not available for us to download for this drive. We were not able to take a full look at the software. However, when the software is available it will allow you to monitor the state of the SSD and perform firmware updates.

In CrystalDiskInfo you ca see the Firmware installed is S0430A. It is connected at SATA/600 and does support S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM and DevSleep.

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  1. "There is no reason to have a mechanical drive anymore with prices like this. 500GB is plenty for a boot drive, or as your only drive."

    Uhh, not with 50+GB game downloads it’s not. Boot drive / laptop upgrade maybe.

    I have a $100 Toshiba 5TB hdd for my game drive / steam library. I look forward to that price for a huge SSD, 5+ years from now. But by the time that happens, the $100 hdd will probably be a 10+TB one.

  2. Nice to see a large amount of test programs used in the review. TeamGroup seems to have some of the better options for price/perf these days for sata drives. Happy so far with mine.

    I agree with Burt though, 500gb is my standard now for a boot drive and maybe 1-2 games. Everything else on dedicated ssd’s or hdd. 250GB is workable but getting too small and for quality brands it seems worth it to just jump to 500gb at $50-65 over a $30-40 250gb.

  3. Oops, missed this review. Adding some extra detail.

    Very good drive – basically a Crucial MX500 clone. The MX500 often comes with 96L flash now (which is also denser, but has twice the planes). Team’s coding here is clearly from Intel/Micron with the "01T" meaning 1Tb packages (x4 = 512GiB). This is in contrast to the similar L5 Lite 3D and drives like it – SU800, X3, S280, etc – which use inferior flash. Much like the L5 Lite 3D, it has static SLC – ~6GB at this capacity – which makes for uniform performance (can see this in HD Tune); the MX500 has a significantly larger, dynamic cache that is slower outside SLC at this capacity. Warranty is of course lackluster, but if you want a top-tier SATA drive this is among them in terms of performance.

    The firmware revision matches typical SM2258 encoding which usually refers to the type of flash it’s using. For example you common see Qx6/7xxA in the cheaper drives using second-tier Samsung TLC, Hynix’s 72L TLC (which isn’t great), inferior BiCS (SanDisk/Kioxia), older Intel/Micron 32L TLC, etc. Older revisions were for the 32L/384Gb IMFT TLC. In any case, R/S is for the newer and better flash products, e.g. B16A/B17A which is 64L Intel/Micron TLC (B17A is double the density but also double the planes, so same interleaving).

    My only advice for reviewing is that FIO is a strong option for benchmarking, whether on Linux or Windows, although ultimately you would require Linux for full utility. I’ve posted on Reddit about using FIO and also making a dedicated Linux benchmarking USB drive, I haven’t posted about getting these tools working on Windows – it is possible, I have it working in Visual Studio (direct) or Cygwin (indirect), but it’s fairly limited and a pain to work with in contrast to nvme-cli for example.

  4. I should add that I’ve seen reviews of it like TPU’s showing MLC and in fact I had someone with one show me one with MLC – 48L from Samsung, to be specific. And TPU also had 64L TLC from Samsung I believe. That type of older/inferior flash is often found in the L5 Lite 3D and other budget drives as I mentioned above – my theory is that the early Vulcans came basically as L5 Lite 3Ds. It’s my understanding that currently they do have Micron flash though. Just wanted to correct that as people don’t understand that second-tier Samsung can actually be inferior, even the MLC, although TPU’s results were still good performance-wise. (also as I mentioned, firmware revision can hint at flash – the early Samsung variants match the L5 Lite 3D’s firmware)
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