Seagate FireCuda consists of internal storage solutions primarily designed for PC gaming. As today’s PC gaming involves graphically-rich, large-size game titles, it means that the storage solutions for this activity must be fast and ample. Seagate FireCuda addresses these requisites with two current solid-state drive (SSD) models: the 520 and the 510. Let’s take a look at the latter.
The Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD comes in an M.2 2280 double-sided form factor. This size makes the FireCuda 510 SSD a suitable storage solution that can work whether on a mini desktop PC or an ultrathin laptop. This capability might not be possible in the case of a 3.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) or a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD due to size constraints.
Despite its small physical size, the Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD goes large when it comes to storage capacity. Seagate offers the FireCuda 510 SSD in 500GB, 1TB (our review subject), and 2TB storage variants. Its sibling, the FireCuda 520 SSD, also comes in those three storage capacities but uses the faster PCIe Gen4 x4, NVMe interface.
Equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4, NVMe 1.3 interface, the Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD promises to deliver 6x faster speeds than SATA SSDs with sequential reads/writes up to 3450/3200MBps. With these tremendous speeds, the FireCuda 510 SSD cannot only address the needs of PC gamers but also those who are into creating and consuming high-definition content.
We put to the test the FireCuda 510 SSD on a desktop PC powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor. The PC also uses an MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi motherboard with 8GB RAM, running on Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. Running CrystalDiskMark, the FireCuda 510 even managed to break its advertised speeds, reaching up to 3480/3060MBps sequential reads/writes.
Maximizing the benefits the FireCuda 510 SSD brings, Seagate also offers SeaTools to users. This free software can test and analyze the SSD, as well as update its firmware, ensuring that it is in good health and optimal performance to prevent system crash or data loss in the future.
Speaking of data loss, Seagate also extends its support to customers with Rescue Data Recovery Services. Seagate’s global team of data recovery professionals can help you in case of unexpected data loss.
Like its HDD and SSD models, Seagate’s FireCuda 510 SSD comes with a five-year limited warranty. Just make sure that you buy only an authentic product from authorized online and physical stores to ensure that you are covered.
Speed and large capacity aside, the Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD brings to the table other benefits like low latency. It can also withstand heat and shock which mechanical HDDs would frequently succumb to. Whether you’re building a new PC or upgrading your rig’s SSD with M.2 2280 support, you might want to consider this Seagate offering as part of your build for a substantial performance boost.