Team Group EX2 Elite Solid State Drive Review

In recent months, Team Group has really impressed us with some of the products they have released. With products such as their Vulcan Z DDR4 memory, Team Group is killing it with price to performance. So, when Team Group asked us to take a look at their 512 GB EX2 Elite SSD, we of course agreed. With how cheap NAND has become, it’s entirely possible to replace all of your mechanical storage with solid-state drives. Given if you want high capacity drives for pictures and documents, a standard spinning hard drive is still the cheapest option. But for games, an SSD has pretty much become the standard. Even SSDs have replaced 2.5″ hard drives in many laptops these days. But with so many companies making SSDs today, it’s hard to know which one to pick. So, we tested the Team Group 512 GB EX2 Elite SSD against some of its closest competitors to see how well it stands up to the competition. So, let’s see how the EX2 Elite SSD did.

We’d like to thank Team Group for providing Thinkcomputers with their 512 GB EX2 Elite SSD for this review.

Specifications

Model EX2
Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backward compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0
Capacity 512GB / 1TB / 2TB[2]
Voltage DC +5V
Operation Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -40˚C ~ 85˚C
Terabyte Written 512GB / >400TB
1TB / >800TB
2TB / >1600TB[3]
Performance Crystal Disk Mark:
Read: Up to 550MB/s Max ; Write: 520MB/s[4]
Dimensions 100(L) x 69.9(W) x 7(H) mm
Humidity 0°C ~ 55°C / 5% ~ 95% RH,non-condensing
Vibration 20G (non-operating)
Shock 1,500G
MTBF 1,000,000 hours
Operating System
  • Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
  • MAC OS 10.4 or later
  • Linux 2.6.33 or later
Warranty 3-year limited warranty

Packaging

box front EX2 Elite SSD_1

 

Looking at the front of the packaging for the EX2 Elite SSD, we see the Team Group logo at the top left-hand corner. To the right, the pacing shows the drive to have a 3-year warranty. Below the warranty sticker is the capacity of the drive. In our case, we received the 512 GB variant of the Team Group EX2 Elite SSD to review. Below the capacity sticker is an image of the top of the Ex2 ELite SSD from Team Group. To the left of the picture of the EX2 Elite SSD are a few of the key features of the drive. These features include 3D NAND, 6 GB/s SATA 3, and SLC Caching. Across the bottom is the EX SSD product branding.

box front EX2 Elite SSD_2

On the back of the box, we see the read and write performance of the Team Group EX2 Elite SSD. The EX2 Elite SSD has an advertised read speed of up to 550 MB.s and write speed of up to 520 MB/s. To the far right, we see the Team Group logo. There is a cut-out on the back of the box that allows you to see the label on the EX2 Elite SSD. The last thing of note on the box is a QR code on the bottom left-hand corner that when scanned, brings you to the Team Group website. box rear EX2 Elite SSD

The Team Group EX2 Elite SSD sits inside a plastic tray within its packaging. Now that we have the EX2 Elite SSD unboxed, let’s take a closer look at the drive. 
box open EX2 Elite SSD

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