PCIe 3.0,TLC, Ten Cents A Gig
There is a lot to like about Teamgroup’s MP33 Pro drive, not least that the 1TB model is selling for $99 on Amazon. It is still PCIe 3.0, but as many tests have shown the difference in between PCIe 4.0 and 3.0 is barely noticeable for gamers and casual users. The Phison 5013-E13 controller should offer up to 2500 MB/s sequential read, 2100 MB/s sequential writes on a 1TB or larger drive, which was what the Guru of 3D really wanted to test.
As you might expect, for the first 20GB or so the drive performs admirably, but once it hits that limit we see the usual drop in performance TLC is vulnerable to. You certainly see that performance hit in synthetic benchmarks, as well as in their 64GB video capture test where the throughput drops to 1500 MB/s after 20 seconds. That is still not too bad and will leave QLC alternatives in the dust. When they tested game loading and other common tasks, the drive easily keeps up with the pack.
Teamgroup is offering a five year warranty or a total of 600 TB written, whichever comes first; not to shabby for a drive of this price. Take a gander at the full results in Guru 3D’s review.