You may have noticed the massive influx of NVMe SSDs with the Phison PS5012-E12 controller just coming to market. There are many, and the supply is plentiful. These market conditions have helped to lower E12-based SSD pricing at a quicker rate than many other SSDs, like those from Samsung and others using Silicon Motion controllers. This is great news for shoppers and performance enthusiasts, and we want to show you why today.
The Team Group MP34 is a new to market well-priced NVMe SSD that delivers disproportional performance. We can't call this reference design product unique; there are several others similar. That's not an issue for us, and it shouldn't be for you, either. The Team Group MP34 starts at just $39.99. That's a full $20 less than the PNY CS3030 we reviewed last week.
Team Group only brought the MP34 series to market in three capacities, 1TB, 512GB, and 256GB. The Phison E12 controller supports 2TB models, but Team Group choose to stop at 1TB.
Team Group used CrystalDisk Mark to measure base performance for the MP34 specifications. The numbers are down compared to similar products on paper, but we didn't notice any abnormalities in testing. Most of our four-corner results surpass the specifications by a decent margin.
Pricing, Warranty, and Endurance
The Team Group MP34 starts at just $39.99 for the 256GB capacity. That increases to $74.99 for the 512GB MP43 and just $159.99 for the largest capacity.
The MP34 series ships with similar endurance we see from other E12-based drives. Team Group backs the series with a 3-year warranty, and that's two years less than some of the others.
A Closer Look
The Team Group MP34 is a no-frills series that lets its performance and low price do the talking. The series ships in a retail ready package but the drive doesn't feature a heat sink like many of the new E12-based drives that recently came to market.
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