TEAMGROUP T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 2 TB M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD Announced for Q2 2023

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TEAMGROUP has announced its upcoming PCIe 5.0 SSD series set to arrive in Q2 2023 with the debut of a 2 TB model for $499.99. The TEAMGROUP T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 2 TB PCIe Gen5x4 model features a graphene heat spreader and read/write speeds up to 12,000/10,000 MB/s, a DRAM cache, 1400 TBW, and an MTBF of 1.7 million hours. The TEAMGROUP T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 series supports the NVMe 2.0 protocol, S.M.A.R.T, and comes with a limited 5-year warranty.

TEAMGROUP states that the hexagonal honeycomb structure of graphene can provide “exceptional diagonal conductivity that allows heat at the primary heat source to be rapidly transferred away horizontally, delivering excellent heat dissipation performance,” and that during lab testing it was shown to reduce temperatures by 3–5°C versus just using a motherboard heatsink. Manufacturing of the 100% recyclable material is done in a halogen-free and lead-free environment to further contribute to environmental protection efforts. Additional thermal protection measures include intelligent thermal regulation via internal sensors.

Press Release

With the releases of the latest generation of Intel and AMD platforms, the era of PCIe 5.0 SSD has officially arrived. TEAMGROUP today has launched the T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD. Developed with outstanding technological expertise, it is the SSD gamers of all kinds have been waiting for. Now it’s ready to lead the consumer SSD market into the new era of Gen5. The Z540 PCIe 5.0 SSD uses the latest PCIe Gen 5 x 4 interface and supports the latest NVMe 2.0 protocol, allowing it to reach read and write speeds of up to 12,000MB/s and 10,000MB/s respectively, nearly double the theoretical speed limit of PCIe 4.0. Possessing cutting-edge specifications, Z540 SSD brings gamers an unprecedented, next-generation gaming experience.

The T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD is equipped with an exclusive ultra-thin graphene heat spreader that combines multiple patented[1] technologies. It’s made of 100% recyclable graphene material and utilizes the advantages of hexagonal honeycomb lattice structures to rapidly and evenly disperse heat horizontally, providing Z540 SSD with top-notch cooling. The Z540’s ultra-thin graphene heat spreader is less than 1mm thick and is compatible with various PCIe 5.0 motherboard heatsinks. Based on T-FORCE LAB’s internal testing, the operating temperature of Z540 SSD combining motherboard heatsink and graphene heat spreader is 3–5°C lower than the temperature with only motherboard heatsinks[2]. Moreover, CARDEA Z540 uses the latest intelligent thermal regulation technology with built-in temperature sensing to automatically adjust performance and prevent overheating. T-FORCE LAB has created numerous temperature solutions for the Z540 SSD to not only enhance and protect the data integrity of the SSD but also maintain good operating temperatures at high speeds, extending the lifespan of the SSD.

Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD supports TEAMGROUP’s patented S.M.A.R.T. monitoring software[3], allowing users to easily track the health and performance of the SSD. With a 5-year warranty provided by TEAMGROUP, gamers can fully enjoy the powerful speeds of Gen5 without any worries. The first batch of T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD will be available in the 2TB capacity and be sold worldwide in Q2, 2023. To get a first glimpse of the latest generation SSD, please stay tuned to TEAMGROUP’s official sales channels.


T-FORCE CARDEA Z540 2 TB Specifications

ModelCARDEA Z540 M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSD
InterfacePCIe Gen5x4 with NVMe
VoltageDC +3.3V
Operation Temperature0˚C ~ 70˚C
Storage Temperature-40˚C ~ 85˚C
Terabyte Written (TBW)1400 TBW
2TB Read/Write: up to 12,000/10,000 MB/s
2TB Read/Write: up to 1400K/1500K IOPS Max
Dimensions80.0(L) x 22.0(W) x 3.7(H) mm
HumidityRH 90% under 40°C (operational)
MTBF1,700,000 Hours
Operating SystemCompatible with Intel and AMD platforms and has one of the following operating systems: Windows 11 / 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista, MAC OS 10.4 or later, Linux 2.6.33 or later
Warranty5-year limited warranty

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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