The two main angles that most SSD storage seems to be moving towards is performance or capacity. On the capacity front, we are starting to see the first 8 TB consumer drives coming to the market in a variety of formats. Always willing to jump ahead of the competition, TeamGroup has announced its new QX ‘Extra Large’ SSD coming in at 15.36 TB.

This new SSD is equipped with 3D QLC flash NAND, allowing it to hit the high capacity. The 2.5-inch drive has an SLC cache mode ahead of the DRAM buffer, which allows the drive to reach 560 MB/s reads and 480 MB/s writes according to the press release. The drive is rated under warranty for 2560 Terabytes Written, which comes down to 0.15 drive writes per day if the warranty is three years – TeamGroup has not specified any exact warranty at this time. At any rate, even with full sequential write speed, it would take around 60-70 days of continuous writes to go through that warranty.

Nothing else from TeamGroup’s press release seems out of the ordinary for a standard SATA SSD. We’ve reached out to ask exactly what SSD controller or NAND is under the hood, as these weren’t provided. There’s also no mention of IOPS. TeamGroup claims this drive is aimed at the consumer market, which it is only by virtue of it lacking a number of premium enterprise features. The price however is decidedly non-consumer: an eye-watering $3990 per drive, and the drives seem to be only made-to-order by OEM or SI clients. That’s $260 per TB of SATA SSD.

It has been confirmed that TeamGroup is using a Phison E12DC controller.

It’s worth noting that we discussed the NimbusData NL drive last week, which is also a high-capacity SATA SSD but geared up to the enterprise market. The 16 TB version of that drive is only $2900, a lot cheaper than this. The flip side of that is the 3.5-inch form factor of the NimbusData NL, compared to 2.5-inch (likely 15mm) for TeamGroup.

In the end, I’m of the opinion that TeamGroup is unlikely to sell many of these, except to niche customer bases, or laptop deployments perhaps – both of which are unlikely to be too keen on the ‘consumer’ designation.

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  • lief1250 - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    You can get a 15.36TB Micron 9300 Pro for about $3000 too, and that's capable of speeds up to 3.5GB/sec
    Though, it will be harder to use in a NAS since it's not SATA.
  • shabby - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    $260 per gb of qlc... what do they think us consumers are smoking?
  • Hardware Geek - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    At that price it should include whatever they think consumers are smoking.
  • Tomatotech - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    It’s early adaptor price. I don’t think there’s ambny alternatives available in this 2.5” form factor even if it’s 15mm thick. They’ll sell as many as they can to these who absolutely need it, then drop the price and sell to the next group of people who quite badly need it and so on.
  • Samus - Thursday, September 3, 2020 - link

    Hopefully early adopters don't mind the condom-style marketing of this EXTRA LARGE, gold colored drive :)
  • Flunk - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    I think they're thinking that the segment of people who really need this product are willing to pay a tonne for it.
  • whatthe123 - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    I feel like if you really need 15TB of SSD you would know the other options, or you'd be an enterprise customer and already have SSDs around this size or larger with manufacturer discounts. I don't see how this appeals to consumers unless consumer is just a nice way of saying uninformed.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    You are off by a few factors. $3990/1536GB is $2.59 per GB, not $260.
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    Even so, it's still 25 times the per-gig cost of a quality SATA ssd. ... and who the hell is Team Group? Never heard of them.
  • elavanis - Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - link

    Actually they are only about 2x the price. TheinsanegamerN accidentally used 1.5tb instead of 15tb for his calculation. $3990/15360GB would be 26¢/GB. As far as who they are I've seen them on newegg for a few years but that is as far as my knowledge of them goes.

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