Review of T-Force DELTA MAX RGB, Glowing SSD

Review of T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD

The most popular type of storage right now is SSD or Solid State Drive. SSD is a type of storage that offers better read and write speeds when compared to HDD (Hard Disk Drive) storage.

Because of this, many desktop PC and laptop PC users now use SSD as their primary storage system. HDD is still used even if for data storage only.

SSD itself has many types of types. This type of SSD also affects the speed it has. However, any type of SSD, the speed is still better when compared to the HDD which is claimed to be faster though. An example is the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB is an SSD from the Team Group manufacturer. This SSD is a type of SSD with a 2.5-inch form factor and a SATA connector. Then, what kind of SSD from this team? To answer this, see the reviews aka the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB review. But beforehand, consider first the specifications of the following T-Force DELTA MAX RGB.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB specifications

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB specifications
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB specifications
  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Voltage: DC + 5V
  • Temperature: 0 C ~ 70 C
  • Weight: 78g
  • Form Factor:  2.5 inch
  • Dimensions: 100 (L) x 69.85 (W) x 9.5 (H) mm
  • MTBF: 1000000 hours
  • TBW: 120 TB

First Look at the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB Box

First Look at the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB Box
First Look at the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB Box

Let’s first review the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB box. As shown in the picture above, the box of this product is actually quite ordinary. On the front, there is information in the form of the product name.

The inscription “THE POWER FROM TEAMGROUP” confirms that this product is made by TEAMGROUP. There is also information on the storage capacity of this product. The products we have are of the type that has a capacity of 500 GB.

This product also has another storage variant. There are present with a capacity of 250 GB, some are present with a capacity of 1 TB. Of course, different capacities, different prices.

Return to the sales box. In the box of this product, there is 1 SSD unit with a plastic top and 2 connecting cables for RGB needs.

Inside the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force there are also special fabrics. This fabric is useful for wiping the body of the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB. Moreover, the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force is indeed very easy to stick to fingerprints.

T-Force-DELTA-MAX-RGB-inside-the-box
T-Force-DELTA-MAX-RGB-inside-the-box

Oh yeah, in the sales box there is also a user manual alias guidebook. A guidebook that is rarely noticed, even we are lazy to take pictures.

When we opened the contents of this product box, we were quite surprised because there were two cables. We think this product is an external SSD. But apparently not. These two cables are special cables that make this DELTA MAX RGB T-Force product a product that has RGB features.

Let’s discuss the first cable. This cable has a micro B port that is connected to the port on the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB. While the other port is 5V ARGB 3 pin to connect to the motherboard in the 5V ADD Header section

This cable is referred to as a 5V ARGB 3 pin to Micro B Cable. Its function is to synchronize the RGB light pattern that is on the motherboard or CPU as a whole with the RGB in the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB.

The second cable is a cable called USB 10 pin to Micro B Cable. The first port that is connected to the SSD is Micro B Cable. While the other port is a 10 pin USB port that is connected to the 9 Pin USB Header on the motherboard.

This second cable works to provide a rainbow RGB light effect on the SSD. With this cable, the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB can be lit on the front. It’s just that the lamp patterns are not synchronized with the RGB feature as in the first cable type.

For more details about the function of the two connecting cables on this SSD, it can be seen in the picture below.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD Cables
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD Cables

The picture above explains the type of cable that must be connected to the motherboard. For the 10 pin USB port connected with 9 pin USB Header. And a cable with a 3 pin ARGB port with ADD Header.

From this explanation, obviously this SSD is an SSD that needs to be installed on a Desktop PC. But it must also be remembered, whether the Desktop PC CPU motherboard has a 9-pin USB Header port and an ADD Header port. Generally, motherboards already support the 9-pin USB Header port but not all motherboards support the ADD Header port.

Also, keep in mind that the two cables cannot be connected simultaneously. Must select one of the cables considering the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB has only one port micro B.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD Design

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB comes in a black box shape. Not a square box but a rectangular box with a size of 2.5 inches. Its size is similar to a 2.5-inch HDD with a length of 100 mm, width 69.85 mm, and a thickness of 9.5 mm.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB design
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB design

The weight of this product is 78 grams. Its weight is relatively light and very easy to carry. Even a hand feels very light. As if holding an external memory device such as Flash Drive for example.

But the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force is definitely not an external device. This product is an internal SSD, even though there are currently many accessories to convert internal storage devices into external storage.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB itself offers an attractive form of design thanks to the T-Force logo that attracts attention. Then in the lower right corner, there is the writing DELTA MAX. This shape feels simple but the presence of the logo and writing makes the SSD feel quite luxurious.

On the left side of the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB, 3 ports connect this device to the computer. There is a  micro B port at the far right, to activate the RGB feature.

There is also a SATA port, which is divided into two, one connected to the motherboard, another connected to the power supply. The SATA ports on this SSD are SATA Rev. types. 3.0 which supports 6Gb / s speeds and is also compatible with SATA Rev. 2.0

On the other hand, there aren’t any ports. The other three sides are only flat surfaces. While on the back, there are only four bolts near each corner. Then there is the sticker attached containing information and a serial number of the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB, complete with an explanation that this product has a warranty of up to 3 years.

The edges or sides and the bottom of this product have different materials from the surface. This part looks like it’s made of sturdy plastic, even though we aren’t so sure. But the surface is quite strong and doesn’t seem like a cheap product.

 While the top part, which has the T-Force logo, is made of shiny mirrors. That is the reason why this surface is very easy to leave fingerprints. Hold for a while, the surface is very easy to get dirty.

Perhaps because they are aware of the surface of the SSD is easily exposed to fingerprints, the TEAMGROUP presents a special cleaning cloth in the sales box. And this lap works well to remove fingerprints that stick to this SSD.

We can conclude if the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB has a simple design but feels premium. Its weight is light and we can say that the build quality of this SSD is quite good. Fingerprint is easy to attach, no big deal considering there is a special cloth that can clean the fingerprint.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD Features

Next, let’s discuss the features offered by T-Force DELTA MAX RGB. The main feature offered by this SSD is obviously the glowing effect alias aka the effect of the rainbow lights that appear on the surface, as in the image above

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB features
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB features

With the rainbow color effect on the surface, making this SSD memorable luxury. It looks interesting, especially when combined with other CPU components that also offer RGB lighting effects.

But, of course to turn on these lights, SSDs need additional ports by using a micro B port to the motherboard. Can use a 3 pin ARGB 5V cable or a 10 pin USB. However, we only tested the effect of the lamp using a 10 pin USB because our PC motherboards only had a 9 pin USB Header port.

Cables with 5V ARGB 3 pin ports can usually be used on motherboards with ADD Header ports. Motherboards that support this port are generally motherboards that already have RGB effects.

If T-Force DELTA MAX RGB. connected to the motherboard using the port  ARV 5V 3 pin, aka RGB light effects will be able to sync with the RGB effect on the motherboard using special software.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB support

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB is already compatible with several special RGB software. On the official website, it is mentioned that the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB can be compatible with ASRock Polychrome Sync, ASUS AURA SYNC, RGB Fusion 2.0, and MSI Mystic Light Sync.

Besides supporting the RGB feature, the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB has a 3D tough protection feature. With this feature, the NAND 3D flash memory chip in the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB can be more durable.

Besides, the 3D NAND flash memory chip on the SSD is also shock resistant. This SSD is also claimed to be able to offer comprehensive solid protection for data so that users can enjoy SSD performance very well and without worry.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB SSD Performance

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance

Next, we tested the performance of this SSD. We get good performance in running various applications. Moving data to and from SSD is also relatively fast. Faster than the HDD we have.

We then use Crystal Disk Info to view information related to this SSD. This information can be seen in the image below.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test

Seen from the picture, that the SSD that we tested was indeed a T-Force product with a capacity of 500 GB. There is also information about this SSD interface, namely SATA, with SATA / 600 transfer mode.

From this information also, it is known that this SSD supports the SMART feature. With simpler language, this SMART is a feature to monitor, detect, and also report various storage problemsThis feature is actually quite common in storage. 

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB also supports TRIM and NCQ features. The TRIM feature is an optimization feature for using empty blocks when the system will write DATA. While the NCQ feature works to speed up the read and write performance of SSDs, and effectively extend SSD life.

For those who don’t know, SSD is a type of storage that has a usage limit. This usage limit is marked with TBW (Terabyte Written) SSD. TBW is characterized by the increasing use of data writing, the less the SSD life. For example, if the SSD holds 10 GB of data, the SSD has done 10 GB of TBW.

If an SSD TBW is found, the SSD cannot write data but it is still possible to read the data. Generally, SSD TBWs are relatively long. Usually up to 5 years or even more. And usually when it reaches that age, people tend to replace storage.

The TBW of the 500 GB DELTA MAX RGB T-Force that we tested reached 120 TB. If likened, 1-day writing data of 50 GB, then in a year, this TBW SSD reaches 18.6 TB. So, 120 TB divided by 18.6 TB, the result is around 6.5 years.

With these assumptions, DELTA MAX RGB T-Force can be used for almost 7 years, even more. Remember, rarely people write 50 GB of data every day. Except, if the data used is big, like the latest computer game data.

On the official website too, it says TBW T-Force DELTA MAX RGB for other capacities. For 250 GB capacity, the TBW is 60 TB. As for the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB, 1 TB has 240 TB TBW. It has become legal, the greater the SSD capacity, the greater the TBW.

In addition to information about TBW from the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB, the information site about SSD also includes the read and write performance of this SSD. On the site, information is stated that this SSD is claimed to have a read speed of 560MB / s and a write speed of 510MB / s based on Crystal Disk Mark.

Out of curiosity, we also tested the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force using Crystal Disk Mark version 7. The results turned out to be different from the results listed on the official website. The results can be seen in the following picture.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test 2
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test

Seen from the data above, if the T-Force DELTA MAX RGB has a read speed of 562MB / s and a write speed of 522MB / s. Higher than the results claimed by TEAMGROUP.

We also tested the SSD read and write speed using another benchmark. We use AS SSD Benchmark 2 to see read and write speeds. The results can be seen in the image below.

T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test 3
T-Force DELTA MAX RGB performance test

In general testing, it appears that the SSD read speed reaches 521 MB / s. While the writing speed is 484 MB / s. This result is actually not too far from the results of Crystal Disk Mark. It’s just smaller.

AS SSD Benchmark 2 also tests 4K random read-write speed. This test measures how fast the SSD is reading and writing some small data (4K) to the storage sectionAs a result, the reading speed is 35MB / s and the writing speed is 82MB / s. AS SSD Benchmark 2 itself gives a reading score of 465 and a writing score of 474.

Read and write speed obtained by the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force is quite reasonable. Especially because the interface and SSD technology is SATA. SATA speed is generally in the 500s. Unlike the NVME SSD types that can reach thousands.

Conclusion

We can conclude that this SSD has several advantages. These advantages include

  • Solid simple design
  • Rainbow effect support 
  • Compatible with several RGB software 
  • The performance is quite okay 
  • Add aesthetically pleasing RGB computer devices 

For deficiencies, only one in our opinion is lacking, price T-Force DELTA MAX RGB has an unusual price tag for a 2.5 inch SATA SSD. Prices for 250 GB capacity can reach $57 to $59. For the 500 GB type, the price is in the range of $89. While the 1 TB variant, around $103.

With this price, it is actually more attractive to buy an NVME SSD that offers better speeds. But, of course every product has its own market. T-Force DELTA MAX RGB in our opinion is more suitable for those PC enthusiasts who are happy with devices with RGB gimmick.

One final note, the DELTA MAX RGB T-Force can also be installed on a laptop in a 2.5-inch slot. It’s just that of course, the light effect will not turn on. Because on a laptop, there is no slot to give a light effect. After all, if the SSD is placed on a laptop and wants the lamp, the lamp effect will not be seen.

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