Solid state storage technology is constantly improving. The truth, however, is while PCIe Gen 4 SSDs are now available, they are total overkill for most consumers. Heck, most people would be absolutely fine with a SATA drive. With that said, the previous-generation PCIe Gen 3 SSDs are now much more affordable (and quite fast) making them a smart buy whether you truly need the extra speed or not. In other words, a SATA SSD should be avoided nowadays unless your PC simply isn't compatible with anything else.

Today, TEAMGROUP announces its latest NVMe PCIe M.2 solid state drive, and it is offered in capacities up to 8TB. Called "MP34Q," the PCIe Gen 3 SSD it is quite fast with read speeds up to 3,400 MB/s and write speeds up to 3,000 MB/s.

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"The TEAMGROUP MP34Q M.2 PCIe SSD utilizes QLC Flash and the PCIe Gen3x4 interface. It also supports NVMe 1.3 and the Dual Cache technologies: SLC Caching and DRAM Cache Buffer. The MP34Q M.2 PCIe SSD offers a massive capacity of up to 8TB, excellent read/write speeds of up to 3,400/3,000 MB/s, and an official five-year warranty with purchase, so consumers can buy and upgrade with confidence," explains the company.

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TEAMGROUP shares specifications below.

ModelMP34Q M.2 PCIe SSD
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3
Capacity2TB / 4TB / 8TB
VoltageDC +3.3V
Operation Temperature0˚C ~ 70˚C
Storage Temperature-40˚C ~ 80˚C
Terabyte Written2000GB / >450TBW
4000GB / >900TBW
8000GB / >1,800TBW
PerformanceCrystal Disk Mark 6.0.2:
Read/Write: up to 3,400 / 3,000 MB/s
Dimensions80(L) x 22(W) x 3.8(H) mm
HumidityRH 90 percent under 40°C (operational)
MTBF1,800,000 hours
Operating SystemSystem Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux 2.6.33 or later
Warranty5-year limited warranty

The TEAMGROUP MP34Q M.2 NVMe SSD will be sold in three capacities beginning mid-August -- 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB. The drive will be priced at $299.99, $699.99, and $1,299.99 respectively. You will eventually be able to order the SSD here.

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