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TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE – SATA SSD with plenty of RGB in review

Even though the majority of new SSD launches are based on the M.2 form factor and the PCIe interface, new SATA SSDs keep appearing. Although they are very limited in terms of maximum transfer rates due to the interface, they still offer significant advantages over HDDs. TeamGroup already introduced the T-Force Delta MAX RGB SSD in 2019, followed by a cheaper version, the T-Force Delta MAX LITE SSD, at the beginning of the year. The Delta MAX LITE RGB SSD is available with 512 GB or 1 TB and stands out from the competition especially in terms of looks. The SSD offers a large RGB illumination including the T-Force logo, has a reflective surface and is available in black and white. Thus, the target group is probably mainly users who attach great importance to the looks and/or RGB lighting.

We will clarify which options the RGB lighting offers and whether the Delta MAX LITE RGB SSD can also convince in terms of performance in our review of the black 1 TB model.

Technical data

Capacity 1 TB
Interface SATA 6.0 GB/s
form factor 2.5″
Flash type 3D NAND TLC
Cache no DRAM, SLC cache
Controller unknown
Max. Read/write speed (MB/s) 550/500
Max. IOPS
70,000/60,000
Operating temperature 0 °C – 70 °C
Scope of delivery SSD, 5V ARGB 3-pin to USB micro-B cable, USB 10-pin to USB micro-B cable, sticker, cleaning cloth
Dimensions 100 x 69.9 x 9.5 mm
Weight 78 g
MTBF 1 million hours
TBW 800 TB
Guarantee 3 years
Price € 120.90 *

As mentioned at the beginning, the TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE RGB is a slightly slimmed down and cheaper version of the Delta MAX RGB, which has been available for a while. TeamGroup does without a DRAM cache in the Delta MAX LITE RGB, and the sequential read and write rates are slightly lower at 550 and 500 MB/s, respectively. The speed can still be considered very good, since the SATA interface allows a maximum transfer rate of ~560 MB/s in practice and the differences between the available SSDs are therefore also only very small.

The manufacturer is reticent with details about the installed components. The controller is not known, and the memory is an unspecified 3D TLC NAND. The warranty period is up to 3 years and applies up to a write performance of 800 TB. The write performance can be considered very good and is above that of most other 1 TB SSDs.

Scope of delivery

TeamGroup ships the T-Force Delta MAX LITE RGB in a sturdy black cardboard box, which is a bit larger than usual for SSDs. On the front, the SSD is pictured once with RGB lighting and once without, and there is also a reference to the capacity and the connection options for the RGB lighting. On the back of the box, we find more technical details and detailed information on how to control the RGB effects.

After opening the box, we look directly at the SSD, below which are the two connection cables, a short manual, a T-Force sticker, and a small cleaning cloth.

Design and RGB lighting

When unlit, the front of the SSD is black and slightly reflective. Furthermore, a large T-Force logo is placed in the center and a Delta MAX lettering in the lower right corner. The rest of the SSD is also completely black, apart from a white sticker with the exact name, serial number and warranty period, which is on the back of the SSD. Even without RGB lighting, the SSD is visually very appealing and clearly stands out from the mass of SATA SSDs.

TeamGroup offers two options to control the RGB lighting. On the one hand, a USB 10-pin to USB Micro-B cable is included, which only enables the rainbow effect, but on the other hand, a three-pin 5V ARGB to USB Micro-B cable is also included. If your mainboard has a 5V-ARGB connector, you can use it to control the effects yourself. The selection is done via the software of the motherboard manufacturer. Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, ASRock and MSI are supported. Of course, this also allows synchronization with other installed RGB components.

The extensive RGB lighting leaves a very good impression on us. The colors and color gradients are very good, and the logo and lettering also form an appealing contrast. If you have the right case, you can visually upgrade your system even more with the Delta MAX LITE RGB. Furthermore, RGB does not have any noticeable negative effects on the SSD’s temperature. At summer room temperatures of 26°C, we reached a maximum of 46°C under load.

Test system

Performance test

For the performance test, we use our usual benchmark course with the programs AS SSD, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO Disk and HD Tune Pro.

Results of the performance test

In the AS SSD benchmark, the SSD lands at the back of the pack in sequential read and write. However, it has to be taken into account here that most current SATA SSDs offer a similar performance and the spectrum is significantly smaller than that of PCIe SSDs. While the 4K performance is very good in writing, the Delta MAX LITE RGB is clearly beaten by most of the previously tested SSDs in reading. A similar picture is seen in the other tests of the AS SSD benchmark. In the benchmark score, the SSD is only in last place, but in the copy benchmark, it is at least in the midfield of the SATA SSDs we have tested so far.

In CrystalDiskMark, we achieved 527.31 MB/s in sequential read and 475.03 MB/s in sequential write. This is 4% and 5% below TeamGroup’s specifications of 550 and 500 MB/s, respectively, in relative terms. In the benchmark’s 4K tests, the SSD mostly lands on the back places, as already in the AS SSD benchmark, but offers good performance in 4K writes.

The result of the ATTO disk benchmark, on the other hand, is good. The chart clearly shows that the SATA interface is often limiting here and thus the majority of SSDs achieve very similar results, especially in the larger blocks. The SSD ends up in the midfield in both tests. The gap to the top in read mode is only small, in write mode as well, although some of the SSDs in the test field fall behind the Delta MAX LITE RGB. The TeamGroup SSD is at the back of the pack in terms of access time, but achieves a very good result in the HD Tune benchmark.

Overall, the SSD’s performance is often in the lower range. Especially due to the mostly low 4K performance, apart from writing, we would therefore rather recommend the Delta MAX LITE RGB as a fast storage for games or data. For the OS and software, on the other hand, we would advise a higher-performance model.

wdt_ID SSD Seq (lesen, MB/s) Seq (schreiben, MB/s) 4K (lesen, MB/s) 4K (schreiben, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (lesen, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (schreiben, MB/s)
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 506,29 468,26 20,07 83,41 353,98 228,57
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 516,37 472,97 32,40 113,85 376,93 349,97
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 526,20 498,49 45,57 129,23 377,11 340,89
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 528,46 498,50 43,69 130,20 378,80 342,79
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 489,92 496,99 36,36 88,72 373,74 334,34
7 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 463,37 371,80 27,40 70,12 268,58 168,03
8 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 522,71 460,83 15,56 92,66 205,45 220,96
9 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 523,80 494,89 35,53 96,22 368,67 331,16
10 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 517,78 401,51 24,52 70,22 238,72 226,73
11 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 526,54 493,04 37,07 90,57 372,59 337,20
SSD Seq (lesen, MB/s) Seq (schreiben, MB/s) 4K (lesen, MB/s) 4K (schreiben, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (lesen, MB/s) 4K-64-Thrd (schreiben, MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD Lesen Schreiben Gesamt
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 425 359 1.004
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 461 511 1.217
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 474 520 1.252
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 475 523 1.256
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 459 473 1.180
7 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 342 275 798
8 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 273 360 774
9 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 457 477 1.178
10 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 315 337 816
11 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 461 477 1.183
SSD Lesen Schreiben Gesamt

wdt_ID SSD ISO (in MB/s) Programm (in MB/s) Spiel (in MB/s)
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 380,64 193,10 244,38
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 257,05 105,71 183,26
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 475,42 328,58 456,63
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 460,70 327,49 440,99
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 561,93 416,23 505,09
7 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 252,77 131,44 146,53
8 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 267,41 109,81 196,38
9 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 269,89 118,24 243,96
10 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 215,69 103,90 186,73
11 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 472,84 309,70 438,83
SSD ISO (in MB/s) Programm (in MB/s) Spiel (in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD Seq Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) Seq Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) Seq (lesen, in MB/s) Seq (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K (lesen, in MB/s) 4K (schreiben, in MB/s)
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 544,40 504,50 347,90 334,30 522,80 483,40 26,93 96,19
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 552,90 514,20 377,20 356,30 535,30 499,10 32,73 143,10
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 560,40 529,40 398,40 357,20 537,90 514,80 49,47 151,30
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 562,20 533,10 403,10 359,00 551,30 522,80 48,49 155,00
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 563,00 534,10 394,70 361,10 294,10 276,90 40,71 110,60
6 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 549,60 519,80 307,90 256,00 483,40 398,60 29,31 79,30
7 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 560,50 373,10 252,80 189,30 507,50 372,70 24,52 91,99
8 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 560,00 529,10 295,10 299,10 533,50 501,10 35,77 97,54
9 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 520,00 442,80 248,30 219,60 440,80 436,90 27,14 61,66
10 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 561,40 528,90 312,80 284,50 542,20 503,00 42,89 93,74
SSD Seq Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) Seq Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (lesen, in MB/s) 4K Q32T1 (schreiben, in MB/s) Seq (lesen, in MB/s) Seq (schreiben, in MB/s) 4K (lesen, in MB/s) 4K (schreiben, in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
5 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1 TB 6.194 13.212 24.778 93.499 143.382 223.665 283.402 343.344 404.103 438.584 467.424 479.349 482.580 478.281 481.498 482.031 479.349 480.835 481.498 481.532 481.498
6 Crucial BX300 480 GB 17.920 32.859 65.024 115.423 183.402 277.142 330.095 391.259 445.390 478.801 476.625 488.846 491.136 488.846 486.578 487.709 486.437 486.672 488.704 490.252 489.385
7 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 21.833 41.984 78.140 136.192 210.417 303.104 385.505 442.368 477.203 499.321 514.007 517.815 521.679 516.539 517.495 516.752 514.165 516.327 515.112 516.940 516.687
8 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 21.248 40.960 75.399 122.880 213.439 291.992 377.474 437.988 468.114 493.447 507.784 512.751 515.270 513.378 511.188 511.292 512.281 511.292 511.812 511.783 511.991
9 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 31.490 61.280 124.510 250.980 392.580 489.740 515.630 528.610 535.710 536.990 479.620 497.510 537.630 536.910 537.270 535.480 534.580 533.690 527.360 534.730 534.810
10 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 10.518 20.327 40.448 99.852 172.356 234.635 352.256 409.600 473.754 480.998 504.123 472.331 460.912 464.485 480.172 486.578 485.873 487.143 488.206 489.763 492.542
11 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 10.086 17.698 38.114 70.970 117.899 187.478 220.632 291.992 326.862 359.101 434.192 469.161 486.578 498.135 505.033 506.966 508.863 509.842 509.326 510.415 386.846
12 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 15.360 29.952 56.690 102.654 171.602 253.318 330.908 349.102 401.871 455.336 493.447 502.914 505.337 501.711 502.612 500.712 506.100 508.708 506.941 509.734 510.697
13 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 11.080 20.378 41.671 66.064 114.401 200.704 281.788 312.076 373.601 443.238 484.330 483.214 471.270 502.311 493.447 508.195 502.311 508.297 509.403 509.432 510.166
14 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 14.208 27.068 51.200 96.804 166.154 228.286 276.627 321.126 367.393 432.507 481.498 494.811 498.256 501.748 504.104 504.462 505.290 504.462 506.481 506.937 506.481
SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
wdt_ID SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
5 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1 TB 12.288 26.425 50.688 88.969 131.657 216.627 293.011 354.146 406.935 444.835 468.590 480.421 484.759 486.957 492.542 488.872 492.542 489.954 490.293 490.470 492.542
6 Crucial BX300 480 GB 16.302 29.802 55.158 91.701 124.616 155.847 176.690 370.350 207.580 218.453 243.289 246.144 302.183 381.647 420.481 446.677 458.018 472.242 476.354 477.849 480.488
7 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 21.067 40.091 74.240 131.766 212.460 304.158 387.404 444.311 483.066 504.123 515.270 520.385 524.288 526.922 524.615 524.506 524.124 523.960 524.369 524.192 524.016
8 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 20.428 39.737 74.240 116.155 213.970 300.847 377.474 443.238 480.704 504.123 515.270 521.679 525.602 526.261 525.272 525.602 525.766 525.821 525.684 526.359 526.989
9 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 18.460 36.440 120.610 216.800 355.470 450.870 458.640 489.000 509.590 496.280 503.020 503.360 489.000 510.200 466.200 423.580 425.420 424.400 424.570 424.830 425.890
10 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 13.952 21.291 33.224 74.380 105.966 126.030 171.176 188.141 193.702 197.471 257.003 501.711 321.156 341.277 263.958 244.518 263.254 251.935 249.123 248.852 247.121
11 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 15.577 29.952 56.039 101.890 163.840 255.493 317.109 321.254 360.800 361.577 364.088 384.798 371.835 388.721 394.572 412.960 433.631 432.997 422.972 407.304 404.422
12 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 14.720 28.855 54.511 100.101 169.560 254.862 333.371 354.248 412.575 459.901 489.988 505.337 516.539 518.455 518.455 518.882 518.579 520.385 520.950 519.439 518.637
13 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 12.323 21.852 1.777 18.662 17.266 19.980 242.128 338.979 370.958 418.951 436.906 442.437 445.255 443.841 445.018 443.060 440.346 439.347 439.366 439.653 439.102
14 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 13.952 27.188 50.693 93.499 161.276 243.943 286.563 309.841 372.232 439.614 474.058 499.414 516.222 519.971 521.233 523.544 522.502 522.309 522.502 523.249 525.057
SSD 512 B 1 KB 2 KB 4 KB 8 KB 16 KB 32 KB 64 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 1 MB 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB 12 MB 16 MB 24 MB 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
wdt_ID SSD Minimum (in MB/s) Maximum (in MB/s) Average (in MB/s)
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 298,10 408,00 351,10
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 323,60 443,30 428,40
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 438,00 460,30 456,40
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 451,30 459,30 456,90
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 415,70 438,20 434,60
7 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 447,30 455,90 454,70
8 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 306,20 349,40 324,30
9 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 353,60 413,90 373,50
10 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 337,30 398,10 365,10
11 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 313,80 370,10 337,10
SSD Minimum (in MB/s) Maximum (in MB/s) Average (in MB/s)
wdt_ID SSD AS SSD (schreiben) HD Tune Pro
1 Toshiba Q300 Pro 1TB 0,040 0,070
2 Crucial BX300 480 GB 0,050 0,028
3 Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1 TB 0,025 0,028
4 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB 0,024 0,027
5 SanDisk Ultra 3D 500 GB 0,089 0,035
7 Toshiba TR200 960 GB 2,057 0,024
8 Verbatim Vi560 S3 512 GB 2,501 0,039
9 Samsung SSD 870 QVO 1 TB 0,345 0,030
10 LC-Power Phoenix 480 GB 2,725 0,031
11 Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2 TB 0,037 0,031
SSD AS SSD (schreiben) HD Tune Pro

Summary on the TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE review

In the end, the conclusion on the TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE RGB is mixed. If we disregard the sequential read and write rates, where most SATA SSDs achieve similar results, then the Delta MAX LITE RGB is sometimes clearly beaten by other models in most benchmarks. In addition, popular SATA SSDs with a good price-performance ratio, such as the SanDisk Ultra 3D, the Crucial MX500 or the Samsung SSD 870 EVO, are faster and significantly cheaper. If it is the only SSD in the system or the performance is of great importance, then a recommendation is difficult.

On the other hand, the Delta MAX LITE RGB offers a unique design including impressive RGB lighting that is unrivaled on the market. If the look is crucial and RGB plays a big role in the design of the system, then the only choice is between the Delta MAX LITE RGB or an SSD that is inconspicuous at best. If you only plan to use the SSD for use cases where performance is less crucial, or have a faster SSD for those, then performance is probably less of an issue. As an alternative to the Delta MAX LITE RGB, you should also look at the price of the Delta MAX RGB, which has been available for a longer time. If the surcharge is only small, then you should opt for it, the DRAM cache and the better performance.

The Delta MAX LITE RGB is especially interesting when design and RGB are in the foreground. No other SSD can keep up here. On the other hand, it looks completely different when it comes to performance. If you do not want to compromise here, you should go for one of the numerous alternatives without RGB lighting.

TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE RGB

Access times
Transfer rate (read)
Transfer rate (write)
Design
Value for money

77/100

The Delta MAX LITE RGB primarily convinces with its design, regardless of whether it has RGB lighting or not. The performance is rather disappointing, so you have to choose between these two points.

TeamGroup T-Force Delta MAX LITE 1 TB price comparison


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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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