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Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB NVMe SSD | fast and robust solid state drive

Thanks to the revival of the PC building community and the popularity of esports and streaming, Seagate will be one of the companies bringing a product line targeted for gamers and PC enthusiasts. This brings us to the existence of the FireCuda series: a product line of serious performing hardware that’s deserving of the premium price tag. We managed to have the Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB NVMe SSD on our test bench and we want to see if will it be a worthy upgrade for your gaming PC.

This is a PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSD drive. Some may say that this review is a little late since Seagate has already introduced the PCIe Gen4 version, the FireCuda 520. But as of now, the market for PCIe Gen4 SSD’s hasn’t surpassed the demand for PCIe Gen3 components, and not everyone has access to PCIe 4.0 so the FireCuda 510 is still relevant today. 

Quick Specifications

InterfacePCI-Express 3.0
Form FactorM.2 2280
Total Capacity1000GB
NANDToshiba 64-layer BiCS 3D TLC NAND
Phison PS5012-E12
External DDR CacheDDR4 1GB
Sequential Read speedUp to 3450 MB/s
Sequential Write speedUp to 3200 MB/s

What’s in the box?

A quick unboxing brings us to the core contents of the product packaging: the standard documentation for \Seagate’s Limited Warranty, and the NVMe drive itself which is packed in an anti-static bag.

Benchmarking

Testing Methodology

Before the test we wiped the drive using MiniTool Partition Magic. We have also used free and easily available benchmark programs so you can compare your results to your own system so you can have an idea on potential benefits on picking up a new drive.

Test system:
Ryzen 9 3900X with 16GB of DDR4-3400 RAM,
GTX 2070 Super and an MSI X570 Gaming Edge Wifi motherboard.

CrystalDiskMark

This is one of the most common and useful benchmarks to measure the theoretical performance of storage devices. Here we can see pretty good results proving the efficiency of the FireCuda 510’s SSD controller.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO Disk Benchmark is a tool used to measure the performance of storage devices using a wide range of transfer sizes and lengths for both read and write performance. According to it’s official specifications, the FireCuda 510 can reach up to 3,450MB/s read and 3,200MB/s write performance. As you can see with the results of this test, our FireCude 510 sample didn’t achieve it’s rated read/write speeds. Nonetheless, it’s still very speedy compared to traditional SATA-based drives.

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD is a benchmark tool specifically designed for Solid State Drive testing. The FireCuda 510 1TB showed some pretty good results here as the read/write performance still performed within the margin of it’s official specs.

Final thoughts and recommendation

Seagate has a huge range of products ranging from conventional hard drives and standard SSD’s and it took a while for them to get into the game and we are glad to see the FireCuda 510 performing as it should in this saturated consumer space.

The Phison PS5012-E12 controller paired with Toshiba 64-layer 3D TLC NAND is robust that they have also made their way to other models of NVMe SSD’s. We are glad that Seagate went this route and aside from the 1TB model, the FireCuda 510 is also available in 2TB.

Though the benchmarks showed that the FireCuda 510 wasn’t able to fully reach the rated speeds of 3450MB/s read and 3200MB/s write, we aren’t too worried about it as they achieved speeds are optimal for all-around tasks such as gaming and productivity work. This product may be a little bit more expensive than other brands, but its performance and endurance should attract consumers within the gaming segment.

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