Test system specifications
We tested the T-Force Delta Max team with this system
Central processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU cooler: AMD Wraith Spire
R.A.M.: 32 GB T-Force Vulcan Z CL18 at 3,600 MHz
Motherboard: MSI B550 Pro VDH Wi-Fi
graphic card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming
OS SSD: Samsung 980 Pro @ 500GB
power adapter: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W
case: ThermalTake Core V21
The Team T-Force Delta Max is a SATA SSD that joins the extended rows of the other SATA SSDs with an RGB twist. At $ 120 for a 1TB drive, it doesn’t make a name for itself in terms of value, but it certainly isn’t the most expensive drive on the market. It even manages to land near the $ 129 Samsung 870 QVO.
What Team T-Force is offering with the Delta Max at this price point is what sets it apart. For one, the Delta Max is an SSD with TLC NAND and not the QLC found in many budget drives. This TLC-NAND tends to have a better lifespan than competing QLC-based memories. However, the 1 TB T-Force Delta Max offers a 360 TB (terabyte) lifespan, which is no longer than the QLC-based Samsung 870 QVO, despite being taller than the Intel 660p PCIe SSD.
This is how the T-Force Delta Max team developed in our series of benchmark tests:
CrystalDiskMark Sequential: 563 MB / s (read); 526.6 MB / s (write)
CrystalDiskMark Random Q32: 370.83 MB / s (read); 368 MB / s (write)
10 GB file transfer: 16.8 seconds
10 GB folder transfer: 15.285 seconds
PCMark10 SSD: 950 points
The T-Force Delta Max also features RGB, which usually comes with a premium. So it’s a pleasure to see that it is reasonably priced when compared to similar SATA SSDs. The RGB layer on top of the Delta Max adds some thickness, but essentially adds a group of LEDs that create a glowing rectangle. The RGBs are powered either via a USB cable or a 5V 3-pin aRGB header. Both can be connected to the micro-USB port on the drive. By default, the drive displays a swirl of color. However, connecting to an aRGB header allows synchronization with a wide variety of motherboard RGB software. Even when the lights are switched off, the drive has an attractive mirror finish.
The RGB lights are part of the gamer aesthetic of this drive, but it’s nice to see that performance doesn’t take a back seat. Newer SATA drives are reaching the limits of what the interface allows, and with sequential read speeds of 563 MB / s, the T-Force Delta Max team outperforms the Samsung 860 Pro. Write speeds are a little slower, but the Delta Max makes up for this with random read and write speeds (the drive’s true value in regular workloads) that hit the 860 Pro by nearly 20MB / s and the 860 Evo by over 100MB / s surpass s.
The problem is, we’re not all limited to SATA drives. PCIe drives are significantly lower in price, enough to compete with SATA drives, and they almost purposefully offer faster speeds across the board. The Corsair MP400 is one of the more valuable PCIe SSDs that even ties up the Delta Max for the cost per gigabyte and decimates the team’s offerings in speed tests. It’s easily more than four times as fast and often closer to six times as fast. It doesn’t matter that PCIe 4.0 SSDs fall in price at even higher speeds.
Most of us probably have more SATA ports in our computers than PCIe NVMe slots. So there are still good reasons to get a SATA drive. We wouldn’t recommend the Delta Max over the Corsair MP400 or SK Hynix Gold P31 if you have a choice between PCIe and SATA SSDs. However, if SATA is what you are looking for specifically, the Delta Max offers strong performance at a fair price, and does it in style.
Buy it when …
You are all about that RGB
Sometimes RGB alone is reason enough to buy one device over another. If you’re building a computer with aesthetics in mind, lighting choices can be critical, and the T-Force Delta Max can be synced to your computer’s lighting scheme using an ARGB header.
Your drive must be SATA
If SATA is your only option, you can do worse than this drive. It’s about as fast as we’ve seen SATA drives, and it’s not overly expensive for what’s on offer.
You’re building a budget gaming PC
If your gaming rig needs extra flair without RGB lights adding too much to the price, the Delta Max won’t suffer from a massive price hike for its lighting effects.
Don’t buy it if …
You have an empty PCIe NVMe slot
Even inexpensive PCIe NVMe SSDs offer significantly more speed than the Delta Max can muster, and some even cost less per gigabyte.
You maximize the value
If you want to get the most bang for your buck, there are still cheaper SATA SSDs that forego the RGB lighting effects while still offering reasonable speeds. Of course, a budget NVMe drive would go further.
You can wait
If you already have a lot of empty space on your computer, there is little point buying a SATA SSD today. Faster drives are coming and cheaper PCIe-based drives are being introduced.
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