For the majority of our builds over the past year, we have switched between TeamGroup or Seagate drives. Which drive was used depended a lot of the project we were working on and how each product fitted in best with the theme, be it aesthetically or performance-driven.
Today we will be taking a closer look at one of these products, the TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB SSD in a 250 GB capacity. This drive was originally sent to us by TeamGroup and used in our Ghostbusters project that featured at EGX in 2019.
The TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB SSD arrived in its packaging with familiar T-Force branding while identifying capacity and color options. It was indicated to us at the time that the white option would not be available in the U.K. Finally, given its 2020, there is RGB included with this 2.5-inch form factor SSD, the drive uses a 3 pin 5V Addressable RGB connection.
To the rear of the packaging, we have more information defining the Team T-Force branding, device specifications, header pinout, supported RGB programs including Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock’s Polychrome Sync amongst others. This drive also includes a three-year warranty should there be any defects.
Included in the box we get the drive itself, the RGB connector cable and a T-Force case sticker, another one for our little collection! The drive features a unique design to the front plate with the T-Force logo front and center, patterning to the top and a Delta sticker to the bottom. the casing is also shaped, not flat and it’s great to see a manufacturer thinking outside the traditional box here. We still maintain a standard form factor though coming in at 100(L) x 69.85(W) x 9.5(H)mm.
Delving deeper into the specifications, TeamGroup manufacture this drive in 250 Gb, 500 GB and 1 TB capacities in two color varieties as mentioned, black and white. The RGB connection uses a USB Micro type B to the edge of the SATA power and data cables. These connectors are placed to the left of the drive when looking front on. This drive supports S.M.A.R.T. technology and TRIM while boasting 1,000,000 hours MTBF.
On release, the TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB SSD had the largest RGB luminous area in the industry with a ratio of 5:3. The illumination is provided by just 8 LEDs but enables over 16.8 million colors to be used.
There are Special Editions of this drive with branding for the Phantom Gaming Alliance, one of which we used on our Phantom Gaming build with Cooler Master. There is also a TUF Gaming Alliance version.
Performance-wise, TeamGroup advertises this drive with read/write speed s of up to 560 MB/s and this is confirmed with a Crystal Disk Mark 7.0 benchmark. In day to day use, we have found this drive to be a great upgrade over a traditional hard drive. We are not reviewers as such so we won’t be delving deep into stats, we mod first and foremost but do like bringing our readers a little more to show off the products that we are using.
For modding purposes though we haven’t reached full potential with these drives yet. The drive casing is easy enough to remove should you wish to change the casing color of your particular drive. Internally the LED strip is separate to the casing so window mods are also an option, one we will be exploring at some point.