Seagate's new FireCuda 530 M.2 gaming SSD joins the elite club of 7,000MB/s PCIe Gen4...

Humza

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In brief: Seagate's new flagship gaming SSD is the FireCuda 530 series, which the company says can reach sequential read speeds of up to 7,300MB/s. The PCIe Gen 4 drive starts at $140 for the non-heatsink version and is launching in four storage capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB.

The new FireCuda 530 SSD might be a bit late to the party, but its officially rated performance of 7,300MB/s reads and 6,900MB/s writes put it slightly ahead of rivals from Sabrent and Samsung. It's a miniscule lead that most users (casual and enthusiast) will hardly notice in day-to-day use, but a new entrant in the high-performance storage category is certainly good news for consumers.

Seagate's M.2 PCIe Gen 4 drive employs Micron's 3D TLC NAND with pseudo SLC caching support and Phison's E18 controller. As expected, the lesser capacity versions of the drive offer slower transfer speeds and write endurance for a lower price tag.

Capacity
Max Read (MB/s) Max Write (MB/s) 4KB Random Read/Write (IOPS) Endurance Rating (TBW)
Power Consumption (Active/Idle/Low)
500 GB 7,000 3,000 400,000 / 700,000 640 5.8W / 14mW / <5mw
1 TB 7,300 6,000 800,000 / 1 million 1,275 6.5W / 16mW / <5mw
2 TB 7,300 6,900 1 million / 1 million 2,550 8W / 24mW / <5mw
4 TB 7,300 6,900 1 million / 1 million 5,100 8.4W / 25mW / <5mw

All versions have a Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) rating of 1.8 million hours and are offered with a 5-year limited warranty and three years of Seagate's Data Rescue Services.

There's also a heatsink variant of the drive that sports a sleek aluminum block designed by EKWB. It has a slightly larger footprint overall and costs more than the standard drive but is otherwise identical in terms of performance specs.

Seagate will ship the drive this summer, with prices starting from $140 (500GB), $240 (1TB), $490 (2TB) and $950 (4TB). The heatsink adds $20 more to the price tag for lower-end models (500GB and 1TB), and $50 more for the 2TB and 4TB versions.

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R00sT3R

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SSD's are still terrible value once you go over 1TB in capacity...$1k for 4TB!, come on, this stuff is mature technology now, it shouldn't be costing that much.. 🙄

 

Burty117

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The Cost of the 1TB and the 4TB are the same per GB
SizeGB - Cost - Cost Per GB
500 - $140.00 - $0.28
1024 - $240.00 - $0.23
2048 - $490.00 - $0.24
4096 - $950.00 - $0.23
I was about to reply the same thing! What he means is, he cannot afford more than 1tb in this case.
 

R00sT3R

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I was about to reply the same thing! What he means is, he cannot afford more than 1tb in this case.

No, what I meant was the difference in price & terrible value between SSD's and HD's of equal capacity, for such a mature technology.
 

Burty117

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SSD's are still terrible value once you go over 1TB in capacity...$1k for 4TB!
No, what I meant was the difference in price & terrible value between SSD's and HD's of equal capacity
What you said vs what you meant. Completely different things! You didn't even mention HDD's and you specifically said "value" hinting to how much it is per Gigabyte...

Now that you've explained yourself a bit, I get you, HDD's are cheaper for bulk storage, that's always been the case and will continue to be the case for quite some time. Maybe 2035-2040 SSD's become decent enough value for large storage? I'm just guessing, but we do have some time yet before you can pickup an 8TB SSD for less than $200.
 

yRaz

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No, what I meant was the difference in price & terrible value between SSD's and HD's of equal capacity, for such a mature technology.
For archival storage HDDs are better, but you don't need to access movies or music at 7GB/s. Ofcourse a Ferrari is going to be more expensive than a prius
 

BadThad

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$490 (2TB)

WAY over priced IMO! No mention of the real king, the WDC Black SN850? I picked a 2GB up just last April for $312 shipped.
 

Adi6293

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SSD's are still terrible value once you go over 1TB in capacity...$1k for 4TB!, come on, this stuff is mature technology now, it shouldn't be costing that much.. 🙄

This is top of the range stuff obviously is going to cost a pretty penny, you can get a gen 3 one or just a SATA and it will be much much cheaper, this drive isn't for your average gamer