Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Torch The Competition With Seagate's FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen 4 Gaming SSD

Seagate Technology, a world leader in data solutions, today added two new high-performance solutions to its industry-leading line of storage for gamers. The Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD and the FireCuda Gaming Dock featuring 4 TB of HDD storage capacity and an NVMe M.2 expansion slot for an optional ultra-fast SSD upgrade.

Built to deliver the intense speeds needed for the rigor of modern gaming, the FireCuda 520 SSD is the company's fastest solid-state drive and offers plug-and-play compatibility with all PCIe Gen4 motherboards. For laptop PC gamers looking for flexibility, the FireCuda Gaming Dock is an elite 4 TB HDD storage hub with an NVMe M.2 expansion slot for optional SSD upgrade that connects peripherals via a Thunderbolt 3 and offers a slick industrial design with LED illumination pushing your rig over the top.
"Next-gen gaming is all about speed, compatibility, and flexibility," said Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing and consumer solutions for Seagate. "Our FireCuda storage solutions deliver the performance, simplicity, and ingenious design to help gamers realize peak potential."

With sequential read-write speeds of up to 45% faster than PCIe Gen3 NVMe drives, the FireCuda 520 delivers an extreme boost in performance for PC gamers looking for the edge. The M.2 2280 SSD is available in 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB capacities and compatible with the new AMD X570 chipset and third-generation AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors. It features plug-and-play compatibility with PCIe Gen4 motherboards delivering an extreme boost in performance as well as backward compatibility with PCIe Gen3 devices.

The FireCuda 520 offers a five-year limited warranty and includes the Seagate's SeaTools software that monitors health, tracks performance, and keeps you up to date on firmware updates.

Seagate's FireCuda Gaming Dock is a high-performance storage solution offering the simplicity of a one-cable connection to all of your peripherals. It features a built-in 4 TB 3.5" HDD and a PCIe Gen3 NVMe M.2 SSD expansion slot for an optional SSD upgrade, offering vast storage for archiving your games and data and the ability to take advantage of the intense speed of solid-state drives.

In addition to the Thunderbolt 3 laptop connector, the FireCuda Gaming Dock also includes a Thunderbolt 3 accessory port, DisplayPort 1.4, RJ45 ethernet network port, a 3.5 mm audio-in/mic port, 3.5 mm audio-out port, four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, and a USB 3.1 Gen2 charge port. It also includes Seagate's easy-to-use Toolkit software that lets you control a range of colors and light patterns for leveled-up illumination to complement your gaming station and offers a three-year limited warranty.

Available now, Seagate's FireCuda 520 retails for $124.99 (500 GB), $249.99 (1 TB), and $429.99 (2 TB). FireCuda Gaming Dock will be available later this month for $349.99.
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11 Comments on Torch The Competition With Seagate's FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen 4 Gaming SSD

#1
robert3892
The Corsair PCI-E gen 4 is 467 dollars at Newegg so the price of this PCI-E gen 4 m.2 from Seagate is priced very well
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#2
cucker tarlson
I'd rather have 970 Pro on pci-e 2.0 x2 than this on 4.0 x4

really,who cares about copying large files from one such drive to another same drive,provided the files are big enough for the drive to reach advertised speeds but not too big so that the cache buffer doesn't run out of space.
give me faster random performance over sequential and better nand over caching any day.
pci-e 3.0 was already providing more headroom for such drives than you could possibly need for the foreseeable future.

faster gaming with pci-e 4.0 nvme :roll:omg what a fail.and people sink hundreds of dollars into x570 mobos and pci-e gen4 drives for that :roll:
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#3
kapone32
Well Seagate 4TB drives are between $105 and $119 on Amazon so this dock is going to cost $200+ by itself. One could do the exact same thing in Windows Storage spaces with a cost of zero.

cucker tarlson
I'd rather have 970 Pro on pci-e 2.0 x2 than this on 4.0 x4

really,who cares about copying large files from one such drive to another same drive,provided the files are big enough for the drive to reach advertised speeds but not too big so that the cache buffer doesn't run out of space.
give me faster random performance over sequential and better nand over caching any day.
pci-e 3.0 was already providing more headroom for such drives than you could possibly need for the foreseeable future.

faster gaming with pci-e 4.0 nvme :roll:omg what a fail.and people sink hundreds of dollars into x570 mobos and pci-e gen4 drives for that :roll:
Though I don't own a PCI-E 4.0 drive I wonder if they are referencing game or turn load times.
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#4
CrAsHnBuRnXp
2TB m.2 SSD's are still too expensive.

I mean come on, Samsungs 970 EVO 1TB is $169.99 atm and their 2TB is $489.60. I can get two 1TB's for $339.98 and put them in a RAID-0 (even thought thats pointless and I dont have a spare m.2 slot on my motherboard) .

2TB's need to drop in price drastically.
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#5
trom89
Considering the temps of the Gen4 SSD's... Maybe the model name might be on point.
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#6
Ubersonic
I like the way Seagate mention being a world leader in storage to big up their SSDs, like being a specialist in spinning rust in any way translates to flash storage expertise :P (as opposed to the likes of RAM makers like Crucial/Samsung or flash makers Kingston/Sandisk).
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#7
Octavean
The FireCuda Gaming Dock sounds like it could be a useful add-on to a Thunderbolt 3 enabled Server, NAS or DAS provided that it has 10GbE support.
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#8
Gasaraki
Ubersonic
I like the way Seagate mention being a world leader in storage to big up their SSDs, like being a specialist in spinning rust in any way translates to flash storage expertise :p (as opposed to the likes of RAM makers like Crucial/Samsung or flash makers Kingston/Sandisk).
The storage companies have really slacked off getting in to the SSD business, trying to protect teh spinning disk business like how oil companies are trying to protect big oil. The memory makers and chip makers have really innovated in this field over these last 5 years while WD and Seagate have just started to come in these last 2 years. They don't even make their own controllers, they use other people's controllers. How sad is that.
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cucker tarlson
Gasaraki
The storage companies have really slacked off getting in to the SSD business, trying to protect teh spinning disk business like how oil companies are trying to protect big oil. The memory makers and chip makers have really innovated in this field over these last 5 years while WD and Seagate have just started to come in these last 2 years. They don't even make their own controllers, they use other people's controllers. How sad is that.
wd just bought toshiba and sandisk
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#10
AnarchoPrimitiv
CrAsHnBuRnXp
2TB m.2 SSD's are still too expensive.

I mean come on, Samsungs 970 EVO 1TB is $169.99 atm and their 2TB is $489.60. I can get two 1TB's for $339.98 and put them in a RAID-0 (even thought thats pointless and I dont have a spare m.2 slot on my motherboard) .

2TB's need to drop in price drastically.
What, I just bought an HP EX950 2TB for $262 and it's literally one of the fastest performing TLC drives
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#11
lexluthermiester
Is this 3D-MLC or 3D-TLC? Not seeing that spec stated anywhere...
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