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Seagate launches its FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD - Seagate's fastest SSD to date

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Seagate launches its FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD - Seagate's fastest SSD to date

Seagate launches its FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD - Seagate's fastest SSD to date

While Seagate may be most famous for its mechanical storage offerings, the company is smart enough to know that solid-state storage has a bright future in both the consumer and enterprise markets. Faster PCs are always desirable, and upgrading your PC's storage can deliver one of the most easily noticeable performance upgrades possible.  

Now, Seagate is ready for the world of PCIe 4.0, with its new FireCuda 520 series SSD delivering up to 5GB/s sequential read speeds. This level of performance comes thanks to Phison's PS5016-E16 storage controller and Toshiba's 96-layer BiCS4 3D TLC NAND. 

When it comes to write performance, Seagate's drives can deliver up to 4.4GB/s sequential write speeds, with the drive being capable of 760K and 700k random read and write IOPS respectively. This is true for all capacities of Seagate's 520 drives. 

The FireCuda 520 will ship in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants, which will ship in the US for $124.99, $249.99 and $429.99 respectively. While these drives are compatible with PCIe 3.0 platforms, they require PCIe 4.0 to deliver their maximum read/write performance levels. PCIe 4.0 is only available on AMD's X570 motherboards (in the consumer market) at the time of writing, though AMD's upcoming Threadripper TRX40 series motherboards will also support the feature. 

Seagate has also announced that their BarraCuda 510 and FireCuda 510 will be updated to utilise 96 layer TLC NAND while using the same Phison E12 controller as before. The BarraCuda 510 will also receive a new 1TB storage option while the FireCuda 510 will gain a new 500GB storage option. New FireCuda SSDs will also use a black PCB, with Seagate moving away from the blue PCBs of older models.     

Seagate launches its FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD - Seagate's fastest SSD to date  

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