The thrill of Seagate for its novelty FireCuda 530 SSD it is contagious. Awakened during SG21, the company’s inaugural virtual gaming event, has more to do with its latest addition to SSDs than incredibly fast read and write speeds. Here, too, there is a collaborative effort with liquid cooling specialist EK.
Let's talk about these speeds first. Seagate offers four different capacities: 4 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB. The two largest units have sequential read speeds of up to 7,300 MB / s and sequential write speeds of up to 6,900 MB / s.
The 1 TB model offers the same read score and 6,000 MB / s of writes, while the slowest model in the group, the 500 GB model, offers 7,000 MB / s read and 3,000 MB / s write, according to Seagate data sheet.
From a raw performance standpoint, if the FireCuda 530 comes close to even the rated metrics, it would consolidate as one of the fastest and perhaps the best. PCIe 4.0 gaming SSDs, especially when developers start taking advantage of Microsoft's DirectStorage API to make better use of faster drives.
Not in vain, the engine that drives the FireCuda 530 is Phison’s E18 driver. Its state-of-the-art driver has pushed PCIe 4.0 SSDs to new heights, to the point that we are about to saturate the bus on which these drives operate. The eight-channel controller is capable of up to 7,400 MB / s read performance, while the theoretical upper limit of PCIe 4.0 x4 is about 8,000 MB / s.
Seagate intends to offer the FireCuda 530 with or without anodized aluminum heatsink developed by EK, a player widely known in the custom liquid cooling scene.
"We had an exciting challenge to design a custom heat sink with the goal of having shape and function: a product that had a low profile for narrower constructions, but also provided thermal management, while maintaining the design. elegant that both Seagate's FireCuda line and EKWB are known for " said Kat Silberstein, CEO of America at EK. "The open and collaborative spirit of Seagate and EK is what has allowed the FireCuda 530 to really sing."
According to EK and Seagate, the anodizing process creates micropores for additional cooling. This is a 30 g (thin-textured) piece of aluminum with self-adhesive thermal pads with a low profile design to fit small spaces. We haven't tested the FireCuda 530 yet, but in theory, the heatsink should help you avoid the limitation for a longer period of time.
In terms of unit resistance, the 4 TB model has a resistance of up to 5,100 written terabytes (TBW). Or, as Seagate says, you can write at 70% of the unit’s capacity each day for five years (which is the duration of the warranty).
The catch, as you might imagine, is the price. This is how it breaks down:
- Seagate FireCuda 530 4TB with heatsink: $ 1,000
- Seagate FireCuda 530 4TB: $ 950
- Seagate FireCuda 530 2TB with heatsink: $ 540
- Seagate FireCuda 530 2TB: $ 490
- Seagate FireCuda 530 1 TB with sink: $ 260
- Seagate FireCuda 530 1 TB: $ 240
- Seagate FireCuda 530 500 GB with heatsink: $ 160
- Seagate FireCuda 530 500 GB: $ 140
It’s a bit disappointing to see the price disparity between the bare unit and the version with a heatsink going from $ 20 for the 500GB and 1TB models to $ 50 for the 2TB and 4TB.
In any case, Seagate’s “fastest and most powerful gaming SSD” will be available this summer. Here we expect the street price to be a little lower.