The gaming section continues to expertise speedy progress within the PC market, and we’ve got seen PC part distributors come up with launch occasions particularly focusing on avid gamers. Seagate’s inaugural Digital Gaming Occasion (SG21) is the most recent on this checklist, and the corporate is saying its newest flagship SSD – the FireCuda 530 at this occasion. With its PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, there’s a important bounce in sequential entry speeds (reads as much as 7300 MBps). This has has a perfect goal market within the gaming section, with the quick load occasions making a visual distinction within the consumer expertise.
The drives in Seagate’s FireCuda SSD collection have sometimes been based mostly on Phison controllers utilizing customized firmware (with the corporate’s most well-liked time period being ‘Seagate-validated’), and the FireCuda 530 is not any completely different. It’s based mostly on Phison’s PS5018-E18 utilizing the most recent 3D TLC NAND (Micron’s B47R 176L). Various E18-based SSDs have hit the market over the 6 months, and we additionally reviewed the Inland Efficiency Plus a number of weeks again. It was held again a bit by way of 96L 3D TLC – a side that must be addressed by the most recent 176-layer NAND.
Much like different flagship M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSDs, the FireCuda 530 additionally comes with a heatsink choice. Not like the ridged designs frequent for this software, Seagate has gone in for a minimalist choice designed by EKWB – a finely-textured aluminum block weighing greater than the standard finned heatsinks, whereas nonetheless retaining a slim profile for extensive compatibility.
|Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD Specs|
|Capability||500 GB||1 TB||2 TB||4 TB|
|Controller||Phison PS5018-E18 (PCIe 4.0 x4)|
|NAND Flash||176L 3D TLC NAND (Micron B47R)|
|Type-Issue, Interface||Single-Sided M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4||Double-Sided M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4|
|Sequential Learn||7000 MB/s||7300 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||3000 MB/s||6000 MB/s||6900 MB/s|
|Random Learn IOPS||400K||800K||1M|
|Random Write IOPS||700K||1M|
|TCG Opal Encryption||No|
|Guarantee||5 years (with 3 yr DRS)|
|Write Endurance||640 TB
|MSRP (non-heatsink)||$140 (25¢/GB)||$240 (25¢/GB)||$490 (21¢/GB)||$950 (21¢/GB)|
Whereas the FireCuda 520 got here with 1 DWPD scores, Seagate has returned to conservative roots with the consumer-standard 0.7 DWPD for the write endurance of the FireCuda 530 SSDs. The heatsink is optionally available, since most new motherboards are offering their very own M.2 cooling answer. It does add a $50 premium to the barebones model. Along with the 5-year guarantee, Seagate additionally features a 3-year Rescue Knowledge Restoration Service plan with the SSD.
Pricing is par for the course with different E18 SSDs, and the added DRS tends to tug up the worth for cash side within the high-end area. Seagate additionally seems to be one of many only a few distributors with a 512GB choice on this efficiency class (E18-based SSDs). That is comprehensible, as the quantity of parallelism accessible in 512GB-class drives will not be excessive sufficient to maintain the hyperlink bandwidth for sequential writes (The 512GB SKU tops out at 3GBps, whereas the 2TB and 4TB ones attain as much as 6.9GBps). On the ability consumption entrance, the typical energetic energy ranges from 5.8W for the 500GB SKU to eight.4W for the 4TB one.
Total, the product seems to verify all the proper packing containers for avid gamers and content material creators seeking to buy a brand new PCIe 4.0 SSD this summer time.