This year, the SSD market has actually been instead calm. After significant cost collisions in 2018, the marketplace has actually leveled out and also retail SSD costs have actually been relatively regular for months. Only a handful of items have actually introduced utilizing the brand-new 9x-layer 3D NAND, and also there’s been simply one significant brand-new SSD controller launch up until now in2019 The entire market is getting ready for the PCIe 4.0 shift, however it’s off to a slow-moving beginning. That provides us the possibility to fill out some spaces in our SSD protection by taking a better consider numerous drives that we were not able to assess at launch. This is the initial in a collection of evaluations that will certainly consider drives that aren’t new however are still worth a review.

First up is the Team Team L5 LITE 3D, a SATA drive that was continually on the leading side of in 2015’s cost decreases and also stays within a couple of bucks of the least expensive items presently offered. The L5 LITE 3D was just one of the initial drives to go across some significant cost limits: much less than $20 for 120 GB, $30 for 240 GB, $50 for 480 GB and also $100 for 960 GB. It’s not remaining listed below those degrees constantly, however it’s additionally not going greater than a couple of weeks without taking place sale. Given the prices and also the “lite” in its name, one can quickly presume that it is an entry-level DRAMless item, however it really utilizes the much more conventional Silicon Motion SM2258 controller system with a full-sized DRAM cache. Team has actually also selected a great complete steel situation rather than utilizing plastic or cheaping out on the ports as we saw with the Mushkin Source, so the item overall does not offer the impact that it underwent extensive cost-cutting actions.

Team Team L5 LITE 3D SSD Specifications
Capacity 120 GB 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB
Controller Silicon Motion SM2258
DRAM Buffer Yes
NAND Flash 3D Tender Loving Care NAND
Form-Factor, Interface 2.5-inch/ 7-mm, SATA 6 Gbps
Sequential Read 470 MB/s 500 MB/s
Sequential Write 300 MB/s 400 MB/s 420 MB/s 480 MB/s
4kB Random Read IOPS 30 k 65 k 70 k 80 k
4kB Random Write IOPS 40 k 70 k 70 k 70 k
Warranty 3 years
Write Endurance 30 TB
0.22 DWPD
60 TB
0.22 DWPD
120 TB
0.22 DWPD
240 TB
0.22 DWPD
Current Retail Price $2499
(21 cents/ GB)
(14 cents/ GB)
(11 cents/ GB)
(10 cents/ GB)

It shows up that the trick to Team’s hostile prices on this version comes down to 2 major variables: a 3-year service warranty that’s even more regular of entry-level drives than mainstream drives, and also utilizing whatever memory is least expensive currently. We’ve seen records of approximately 4 various variations of the L5 LITE 3D in the wild, as differentiated by their firmware variation. Given that the L5 LITE 3D’s cost has actually come by greater than 60% considering that it was presented, that several modifications isn’t as absurd as it could appear in the beginning look. We do not value when mainstream SSDs make significant BOM modifications without transforming the version name, however it’s even more excusable for a beginning drive, specifically when the SATA traffic jam restricts the efficiency effect that transforming NAND can have.

Our 480 GB example records firmware variation Q0410 An as well as based upon the identification number it shows up to have actually been made in late October2018 The DRAM on the drive is Micron DDR3 however the single NAND bundle bears Team’s logo design as opposed to that of among the NAND producers. That NAND bundle additionally births the noting “DHCM80 A1”, however that does not lose much light on whose NAND exists underneath. It’s feasible this drive was developed with lower-grade flash memory, however in either case we really did not discover any type of brand-new mistakes throughout our screening. The compose endurance score of simply over 0.2 DWPD for 3 years is absolutely less than mainstream SATA drives.

For this testimonial, we’re mostly concentrating on contrasting the L5 LITE 3D versus various other Tender Loving Care SATA drives of comparable capability. The Mushkin Source is relatively regular of current DRAMless SATA SSDs and also utilizes the DRAMless variation of the exact same Silicon Motion controller that Team is utilizing. The Crucial MX500 and also SanDisk Ultra 3D are conventional SATA drives from 2 of the leading rate brand names. We’ve additionally included arise from an entry-level NVMe SSD (MyDigitalSSD SBX), Team’s premium NVMe SSD (MP34), and also the Samsung 860 PRO to reveal the present limitations of what a costs SATA SSD can accomplish.

AnandTech 2018 Consumer SSD Testbed
CPU Intel Xeon E3 1240 v5
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/ OC
Chipset Intel C232
Memory 4x 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR4-2400 CL15
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 5450, 1920 x1200 @60 Hz
Software Windows 10 x64, variation 1709
Linux bit variation 4.14, fio variation 3.6
Spectre/Meltdown microcode and also OS spots present since May 2018

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