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Team Group T-FORCE M200 4TB USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C Portable SSD – Suitable for Gamers & as a Win 11 Boot drive

SSD (Solid State Drive) technology is continually improving and pricing remains reasonable as speeds and capacities increase.  SSD technology has become very accessible, and gamers need significantly more capacity as games are getting larger.  We received a 4TB T-FORCE M200 Portable SSD from TeamGroup which is a rugged and very fast 2,000MBps Read / 2,000 MBps Write USB Gen 2×2 Type-C SSD.

We put the M200 Portable through its paces against five other SSDs to see if it can compete with internal SATA and PCIe NVMe drives.  The T-FORCE M200 Portable SSD is available in 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB capacities, and the 4TB version we tested is at Amazon for $593.99 that puts it in a similar price range as other similar portable 4TB SSDs currently available.  We will see if 2,000MBps Read / 2,000MBps Write speeds make an external drive practical for gamers as a boot SSD with Windows 11 installed on it besides for game storage. 

We will focus on the M200’s performance by comparing it with four other NVMe/PCIe SSDs and a fast SATA III SSD: (1) a fast 7,000MBps/6000MBps 2TB CARDEA A440 NVMe Gen 4×4 drive, (2) a 2TB CARDEA Ceramic C440 (5,000/4400MBps Gen 4 x4), (3) the Gen 4 x3 1TB CARDEA IOPS SSD (3,400/3000MBps), (4) a now midrange TeamGroup 1TB MP33 (1,800/1,500MBps) Gen 3 x4 SSD, and (5) a fast 1TB Delta MAX White RGB (560MBps/510MBps) SATA III SSD.

For comparison, the 1TB SATA III Delta MAX is $129.99 at Amazon and it offers RGB lighting.  The TeamGroup 1TB MP33 SSD is $79.97, the T-FORCE CARDEA IOPS is $119.99, the CARDEA Ceramic C440 2TB version is priced at $259, and the CARDEA A440 2TB drive is $328.48.  However, once you get into 4TB pricing, the prices increase significantly – the CARDEA A440 priced at $328 for the 2TB version becomes $900 for the 4TB version, and similar competing 4TB portable drives usually sell for over $600.

Here are the features and specifications of the T-FORCE M200 Portable SSD which are taken directly from TeamGroup’s website.

FEATURES

  • Tactical, military-style hanging hole. Ultra-light and portable
  • Lightning fast speeds of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20Gbps transmissions
  • Massive 8TB storage for any large audio or video files
  • Designs inspired by the M200 sniper rifle
  • Dual structure for ultimate cooling
  • 2-Meter drop resistant
  • Wide compatibility with gaming consoles

Specifications

Source:TeamGroup

The specifications, based on CrystalDiskMark, boast up to 2,000 Read / 2,000 MB/s Write for all versions which indicate that the speeds are being held back by the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 specification.  Of course, if you have a USB 3.1 or USB 3.2 Type-A interface, your speeds will be much more limited.  Unfortunately, the M200 doesn’t have an IP-rating to be water resistant, but it has been tested to withstand falls of 2m on a carpeted floor without impacting stored data.

M200 Intervention®
Source: CheyTac USA

The M200 design appears to be inspired by the M200 Sniper rifle’s detachable box magazine with Picatinny rail motifs designed for the T-FORCE M200 giving it a unique look together with increased surface area for cooling. It uses TeamGroup’s graphene cooling technology inside its dual metallic structure for passive internal SSD cooling and stable data transmission.

Source: TeamGroup

The M200 specifications are based on CrystalDiskMark and boast up to 2,000 Read MBps / 2,000 MBps Write for all versions which indicate that its speeds are being held back by the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 specification as it houses a NVMe SSD inside.  According to CrystalDiskInfo, it uses S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and a VolatileWriteCache that will probably degrade beyond its capacity threshold and isn’t capable of sustaining its write performance until full, but it should still be exceptional for gaming and most applications.

Next we unbox the T-FORCE M200 Portable SSD and take a closer look at it.