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TeamGroup MP44 2 TB SSD review: Internal PCIe 4.0 SSD on par with the Samsung 980 Pro

Graphene cooling pad. TeamGroup promises sequential transfer rates of around 7,000 MB/s for its internal PCIe 4.0 x 4 SSD MP44—similar to the Samsung 980 Pro. The manufacturer is also particularly proud of its ultra-thin graphene cooling pad. We put both to the test and checked these promises for truthfulness using various benchmarks.

We have already tested the internal mid-range SSD T-Create Classic PCIe 4.0 from the manufacturer TeamGroup, and now the MP44 is a faster model delivering theoretical transfer rates of around 7,000 MB/s. The manufacturer is also proud of its patented graphene cooling pad, which is only 1 mm thin and sits on the memory module as an adhesive sticker. We measured whether the cooling material also ensures reliably high transfer rates in our endurance test. Our model with 2 TB costs around US$140. The competing Samsung 980 Pro costs at least US$170.

Technical data: Potentially writes faster than a 980 Pro

The Maxio controller
The Maxio controller

The MP44 is available in various capacities, ranging from 512 GB up to 8 TB. The sequential read rates of the PCIe 4.0 x4 drive should reach a maximum of 7,400 MB/s. The manufacturer corrected its sequential write rates downwards via a public notice at the end of May: While the packaging still states a maximum of 7,000 MB/s, the new official value is now 6,400 MB/s.

Our test model contains a Maxio controller, but TeamGroup states that variants with a Phison controller are also in circulation.

TeamGroup MP44 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Form factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe 4.0 x4
Memory 3D TLC NAND, SLC Cache
Weight 7 g
Available capacities 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, 8 TB
Data transfer rates
(sequential according to manufacturer)
up to 7,400 MB/s read
up to 6,400 MB/s write
Load capacity 1,450 TBW
IOPS 650K read, 660K write
Average operating time 1,600,000 h
Firmware SN11296
Warranty 5 years
Part numbers TM8FPW002T0C101

Packaging & scope of delivery: Cardboard and plastic

TeamGroup states that the product comes in "recyclable packaging" and it has acquired various environmental labels, including RoHS, REACH and ESG. Unfortunately, recyclable packaging does not mean that the packaging itself is made from recycled materials.

The outer box is made of cardboard but inside, the SSD sits inside larger plastic packaging.

Since, unlike the T-Create SSD, the graphene cooling pad is already attached to our MP44, there are no other accessories in the packaging box.

The outer cardboard box
The outer cardboard box
Plastic inside
Plastic inside

Performance: Does what it promises

Test system

We have mainly tested the SSD inside the new Lenovo Legion Pro 5. This has a second, unoccupied SSD slot with PCIe 4.0 x 4 available.

For two other accessory tests, we inserted the MP44 into the external USB 4 SSD case Zike ZikeDrive Z666 and tested it directly connected to the laptop or via the Baseus Spacemate Series 11-in1 docking station. The results can be found in the linked tests.

We used various laptops to compare—above all the LG Gram with the Samsung 980 Pro, but also the recently tested XMG Core 15 M24 with the Samsung 990 Pro.

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5(i)
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5(i)
The MP44 inside the Legion Pro 5
The MP44 inside the Legion Pro 5

Transfer rates

The PCIe 4 SSD was able to unfold its potential inside the Legion Pro 5, especially during the Crystaldiskmark 8 test, where we measured the full 6,400 MB/s sequential write rate and a sequential read rate of over 7,000 MB/s. In the AS SSD, its transfer rates were usually somewhat lower.

In comparison with other internal SSDs, the TeamGroup MP44 performed very well and could even match the Samsung PM9A1, an OEM version of the Samsung 980 Pro. The 990 Pro in the XMG Core 15 M24 (albeit with a capacity of only 1 TB) even fell slightly behind. The only weak point of the MP44 is its 4K read rate.

It also demonstrated consistently high performance over time without throttling in our Diskspd loop; the graphene cooling pad seems to have everything under control.

CrystalDiskMark 8
CrystalDiskMark 8
CrystalDiskMark 6
CrystalDiskMark 6
AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD Copy
AS SSD Copy
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 7073 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 5710 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 631 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 702 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 50.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 135.7 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 2728 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 2468 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
86.3 pt
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
85.6 pt
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
81 pt
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
70.4 pt
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
65.2 pt
Global Average -3
 
39.3 pt
Average of class
 
39.3 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
4652 (4592.09min - 4651.69max) MB/s
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3823 (3779.48min - 3823.32max) MB/s -18%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
3390 (3342.47min - 3389.7max) MB/s -27%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2882 (2725.88min - 2882.22max) MB/s -38%
Global Average -3
  (113.3 - 7045, n=1611)
2301 MB/s -51%
Average of class
  (113.3 - 7045, n=1611)
2301 MB/s -51%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
2024 (1944.48min - 2024.11max) MB/s -56%
seq write
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
4209 (4104.55min - 4209.16max) MB/s +18%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
3573 (3499.44min - 3572.69max) MB/s
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3554 (3431.84min - 3553.62max) MB/s -1%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3431 (3289.51min - 3431.36max) MB/s -4%
Global Average -3
  (43 - 9307, n=1611)
2330 MB/s -35%
Average of class
  (43 - 9307, n=1611)
2330 MB/s -35%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
1548 (1453.93min - 1548.49max) MB/s -57%
seq q8 t1 read
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
7076 (6536.68min - 7075.58max) MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
7058 (5789.19min - 7057.97max) MB/s 0%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6912 (6199.99min - 6911.79max) MB/s -2%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6562 (5825.59min - 6561.57max) MB/s -7%
Global Average -3
  (114.5 - 16089, n=1611)
3857 MB/s -45%
Average of class
  (114.5 - 16089, n=1611)
3857 MB/s -45%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
3544 (2906.02min - 3543.98max) MB/s -50%
seq q8 t1 write
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
6898 (6891.45min - 6898.33max) MB/s +8%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
6388 (6352.48min - 6388.12max) MB/s
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6109 MB/s -4%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4947 (4921.79min - 4946.59max) MB/s -23%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
3250 (3167.12min - 3250.17max) MB/s -49%
Global Average -3
  (46.7 - 14571, n=1611)
2897 MB/s -55%
Average of class
  (46.7 - 14571, n=1611)
2897 MB/s -55%
4k q1 t1 read
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
81.6 (74.82min - 81.55max) MB/s +67%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
78.5 (76.33min - 78.49max) MB/s +60%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
60.8 (53.24min - 60.81max) MB/s +24%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
60.5 MB/s +23%
Global Average -3
  (0.67 - 361, n=1611)
58.2 MB/s +19%
Average of class
  (0.67 - 361, n=1611)
58.2 MB/s +19%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
49 (46.92min - 49.02max) MB/s
4k q1 t1 write
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
226 (219.95min - 225.84max) MB/s +66%
Global Average -3
  (1.23 - 435, n=1610)
165.1 MB/s +22%
Average of class
  (1.23 - 435, n=1610)
165.1 MB/s +22%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
159.2 (158.4min - 159.24max) MB/s +17%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
137.4 (136.17min - 137.39max) MB/s +1%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
135.8 (123.56min - 135.78max) MB/s
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
133.3 (120.98min - 133.34max) MB/s -2%
4k q32 t16 read
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
4139 (3182.59min - 4139.23max) MB/s
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3881 (3853min - 3881.23max) MB/s -6%
Global Average -3
  (1.03 - 6172, n=1610)
1398 MB/s -66%
Average of class
  (1.03 - 6172, n=1610)
1398 MB/s -66%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1192 (1160.39min - 1192.45max) MB/s -71%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1005 MB/s -76%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
715 (657.06min - 714.84max) MB/s -83%
4k q32 t16 write
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
3691 (2707.13min - 3690.58max) MB/s
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3537 (3009.8min - 3536.52max) MB/s -4%
Global Average -3
  (1.5 - 5015, n=1610)
1207 MB/s -67%
Average of class
  (1.5 - 5015, n=1610)
1207 MB/s -67%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
489 (473.86min - 489.4max) MB/s -87%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
459 (404.81min - 458.8max) MB/s -88%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
389 (250.92min - 389.12max) MB/s -89%
AS SSD
Score Total
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
6920 Points
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
6614 Points -4%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
6585 Points -5%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6136 Points -11%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
5674 Points -18%
Global Average -3
  (19 - 13854, n=3282)
2809 Points -59%
Average of class
  (19 - 13854, n=3282)
2809 Points -59%
Score Read
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2943 Points +6%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
2786 Points
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
2260 Points -19%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1873 Points -33%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1470 Points -47%
Global Average -3
  (6 - 26650, n=3283)
1096 Points -61%
Average of class
  (6 - 26650, n=3283)
1096 Points -61%
Score Write
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
3848 Points +36%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3478 Points +23%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
3170 Points +12%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
2820 Points
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1731 Points -39%
Global Average -3
  (4 - 7208, n=3283)
1193 Points -58%
Average of class
  (4 - 7208, n=3283)
1193 Points -58%
Seq Read
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
5722 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
5283 MB/s -8%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4943.25 MB/s -14%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3522 MB/s -38%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
2728.52 MB/s -52%
Global Average -3
  (226 - 12763, n=3499)
1883 MB/s -67%
Average of class
  (226 - 12763, n=3499)
1883 MB/s -67%
Seq Write
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3967.06 MB/s +8%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
3657 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
3646 MB/s 0%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2772 MB/s -24%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
2630.48 MB/s -28%
Global Average -3
  (52.2 - 11316, n=3502)
1265 MB/s -65%
Average of class
  (52.2 - 11316, n=3502)
1265 MB/s -65%
4K Read
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
78.02 MB/s +60%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
76.7 MB/s +57%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
61.52 MB/s +26%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
57.5 MB/s +18%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
48.8 MB/s
Global Average -3
  (6.08 - 314, n=3492)
41.5 MB/s -15%
Average of class
  (6.08 - 314, n=3492)
41.5 MB/s -15%
4K Write
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
239.47 MB/s +30%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
196.81 MB/s +7%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
184.5 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
172.3 MB/s -7%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
144.4 MB/s -22%
Global Average -3
  (13.3 - 512, n=3492)
110 MB/s -40%
Average of class
  (13.3 - 512, n=3492)
110 MB/s -40%
4K-64 Read
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2370.92 MB/s +10%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
2165 MB/s
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
1925.49 MB/s -11%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1268 MB/s -41%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1060 MB/s -51%
Global Average -3
  (13.1 - 3475, n=3491)
805 MB/s -63%
Average of class
  (13.1 - 3475, n=3491)
805 MB/s -63%
4K-64 Write
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
3311 MB/s +46%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3056 MB/s +35%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
2667.24 MB/s +17%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
2270 MB/s
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1137.26 MB/s -50%
Global Average -3
  (13.7 - 5909, n=3489)
895 MB/s -61%
Average of class
  (13.7 - 5909, n=3489)
895 MB/s -61%
Access Time Read
Global Average -3
  (0.012 - 33, n=3423)
0.645 ms * -1400%
Average of class
  (0.012 - 33, n=3423)
0.645 ms * -1400%
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
0.043 ms * -0%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
0.043 ms *
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
0.041 ms * +5%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
0.033 ms * +23%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.028 ms * +35%
Access Time Write
Global Average -3
  (0.011 - 60.7, n=3465)
0.551 ms * -775%
Average of class
  (0.011 - 60.7, n=3465)
0.551 ms * -775%
TeamGroup MP44 2 TB
 
0.063 ms *
HP EliteBook 865 G10
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
0.026 ms * +59%
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.023 ms * +63%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24)
Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
0.023 ms * +63%
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng
SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N
0.018 ms * +71%

* ... smaller is better

Reading continuous performance: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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TeamGroup MP44 2 TB  ; diskspd 2.0.17 f: Ø7062 (6475.64-7083.88)
HP EliteBook 865 G10 SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N; diskspd 2.0.17 f: Ø6918 (6258.74-6957.44)
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 16-f1075ng SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X073N: Ø3537 (3123.29-3556.33)
LG Gram 2in1 16 16T90R - G.AA78G Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR: Ø6206 (5714.21-6585.65)
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M24) Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB; diskspd 2.0.17 f: Ø7120 (6339.48-7142.87)

Pros

+ just faster than a 980 Pro
+ thin graphene cooling pad
+ quite inexpensive

Cons

Verdict - Fast internal PCIe 4 SSD with a graphene cooling pad

The SSD TeamGroup MP44, provided by TeamGroup
The SSD TeamGroup MP44, provided by TeamGroup

The TeamGroup MP44 is a very fast internal PCIe 4 SSD that matches or even just beats the famous Samsung 980 Pro in terms of performance, especially when it comes to its write rate. In addition, the 2 TB version of the MP44, which is the one we tested, is at least US$30 cheaper than its long-established competitor. The super-thin graphene cooling pad seems to do its job well, as thermal throttling did not occur during our test.

We have no points of criticism, and we were unable to assess its longevity and reliability during this test. However, its performance data is beyond reproach. 

The PCIe 4 SSD TeamGroup MP44 is a fast internal SSD on par with the Samsung 980 Pro, with a reliable graphene cooling pad and sequential data rates of around 7,000 MB/s.

Price and availability

There is currently a version of the SSD with a 4 GB storage capacity available via Amazon for US$233.99.

Transparency

The present review sample was given to the author by the manufacturer free of charge for the purposes of review. There was no third-party influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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