Review Team Group MP44L SSD Review: A Budget Drive Done Right


Oct 3, 2022
The Team Group, or just Team, has put out a crazy amount of drives in the last few years. It’s no mystery that many manufacturers are swapping hardware and some of Team’s low-end SATA drives have been spotted with multiple controllers and flash.

How do these Taiwanese manufacturers actually get away with these shady practices.

When they ship their products to the West, they need to have an assigned identifier.

Using the same identifier for a different product, with a different controller, is not legal.

Even a book with a different cover is often assigned a different ISBN number, even though the text is the exact same. Just changing a book from hardcover to softcover involves a different identifier.

But these hardware companies can just change controllers willy-nilly and claim it's the same product?

When I read a review of an SSD, I have no way of knowing if the SSD that was reviewed, is actually the same one in the store or if it has a completely different controller.

If the laws were enforced, this wouldn't be possible.
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May 5, 2022
Nothing special, but consistent and plenty fast

That's the definition for all SSDs now.

Storage will never be considered a premium product by majority of consumers, ever!

But, these crooked suits, and some of their defenders/shills, would swear the opposite, though. Sad times that we are in, folks.
Nov 13, 2022
Looks like PCIe 4.0 SSDs show great gaming and OS/app performance. However, is it worth using a similar drive as a secondary disk to store media/documents or for data science?

For this purpose, currently, looking for a 1TB/2TB SSD to put in a second M.2 slot in my XPS 15 (9520) - any recommendations?


When operating a PCIe 4.0 DRAM-less SSD on a 3.0 PCIe connection do they underperform more than expected because of the transfers required to system RAM?

Does this change the recommendations for installing on a PCIe 3.0 limited system?