Seagate’s FireCuda 530 consumes a lot of work, but it may also set your wallet on fire during checkout. This lightning-fast PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD offers some of the best performance we have seen, but the price is about twice that of a regular NVMe SSD. FireCuda 530 is a high-quality device designed for professionals rather than ordinary gamers.
Since we carefully studied a retail SSD equipped with Micron 176L TLC replacement gate flash memory, we have been eagerly looking forward to it Engineering example based on Phison PS5018-E18 Pair with it. After seeing that encouraging performance, we can’t wait to see retail products.Although our Crucial P5 Plus latest reviews Using different controllers provides us with another view of this new flash memory. Obviously, to truly release the potential of Micron’s new flash memory, Phison’s E18 NVMe SSD controller is needed.
Today, let’s take a look at the Seagate FireCuda 530 to gain a deeper understanding of Micron’s new flash memory. The FireCuda 530 is based on the same components and layout as the Phison project example, but there are some differences besides the sticker on the hardware and optional radiator SKU.
Seagate’s FireCuda 530 has a Seagate-proven final production firmware and a production-level flash memory rated for 3000 program/erase cycles, instead of the early sample-level flash memory that our sample believes is only half of the P/E cycle. In addition, unexpectedly, the Flash interface speed reported by the FireCuda 530 is only 1,200 MTps, which matches other E18-based SSDs with Micron’s 96L floating gate TLC, instead of our engineering samples running at 1,600 MTps.
Although these slower speeds may seem strange at first glance, they are probably done to ensure reliable and reliable performance under conditions of continued abuse, as the FireCuda 530 has a strong warranty and endurance rating. Unlike competing SSDs, FireCuda 530 provides data recovery services during most of its warranty period. We are sure this is one of the reasons for its high price.
|Pricing without radiator||USD 139.99||USD 239.99||489.99 USD||949.99 USD|
|Pricing with radiator||159.99 USD||USD 259.99||539.99 USD||999.99 USD|
|Capacity (user/raw)||500GB / 512GB||1000GB / 1024GB||2000GB / 2048GB||4000GB / 4096GB|
|Constitutive factors||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Interface Protocol||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4||PCIe 4.0 x4 / NVMe 1.4|
|Controller||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18||Phiso PS5018-E18|
|Dynamic random access memory||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4|
|memory||Micron 176L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 176L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 176L Thin Layer Chromatography||Micron 176L Thin Layer Chromatography|
|Sequential reading||7,000 MBps||7,300 MBps||7,300 MBps||7,300 MBps|
|Sequential write||3,000 MBps||6,000 MBps||6,900 MBps||6,900 MBps|
|Random read||400,000 IOPS||800,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS|
|Random write||700,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS|
|Safety||not applicable||not applicable||not applicable||not applicable|
|Endurance (TBW)||640 TB||1,275 TB||2,550 TB||5,100 TB|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years||5 years||5 years|
The capacity of Seagate FireCuda 530 is 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. The price of the model without a radiator is approximately US$0.24 per GB, while the price of the model including the radiator is approximately US$0.25-0.32 per GB. The larger capacity is rated to provide read/write sequential speeds of up to 7.3/6.9 GBps, and even the smallest capacity is rated to provide read speeds of up to 7GBps. In addition, FireCuda 530 is rated to provide more than 1,000,000/1,000,000 random read/write IOPS at its maximum capacity.
Seagate FireCuda 530 has a fairly high endurance rating, more than twice the average of Samsung or WD SSD. The 2TB model we tested today has a rated write capacity of up to 2,550 TB during its five-year warranty, while the 4TB has a rated write capacity of up to 5,100 TB. Although this is impressive, to say the least, what is even more impressive is that FireCuda 530 comes with a three-year Rescue data recovery service, which protects your valuable data from accidental data loss when traditional methods fail. No competitor offers such strong protection.
Software and accessories
Seagate provides the download of Seagate DiscWizard, which is essentially an OEM licensed copy of Acronis True Image, and Seagate Seatools GUI, an easy-to-use application for monitoring the health of your SSD.
Take a closer look
With its clean label and black PCB, the Seagate FireCuda 530 got our praise in the appearance department. The drive uses M.2 2280 single-sided form factor (500GB and 1TB capacity) and double-sided form factor (larger capacity 2TB and 4TB).
With the help of Phison’s PS5018-E18, FireCuda 530 has first-class performance, with Micron’s latest flash memory, it should run faster. E18 uses a five-core, DRAM-based architecture, with the main core clocked at 1GHz. It uses an eight-channel PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.4 compatible design and all flash memory interfaces, and interfaces with two 8Gb SK Hynix DDR4 DRAM ICs at a speed of 1,600MHz to accelerate FTL access to achieve low-latency mapping table addressing and wear-leveling .
In addition, the controller is built with a 12nm process to ensure low temperature operation, although the controller also supports ASPM and ASPT, L1.2 and thermal throttling protection. It is also worth noting that the thermal protection limit has been increased from 70C to 90C. In addition, in terms of functionality, Seagate’s FireCuda 530 is equipped with Phison’s powerful SmartECC engine, which utilizes the fourth-generation low-density parity-check (LDPC) ECC. It also has end-to-end data path protection, Trim support, and SMART data reporting capabilities. However, it lacks any AES 256-bit hardware encryption support.
FireCuda 530 is built with 32 512Gb chips of Micron’s production-grade 176L replacement gate TLC flash memory using such a powerful controller and excellent performance. However, surprisingly, the company still retained some performance during its implementation. According to our software report, the 530’s flash memory did not run at 1,600 MTps as we hoped, but only at 1,200 MTps.
Nevertheless, compared to the Phison E18-based SSD paired with Micron’s 96L floating gate TLC interface at the same speed, this speed combined with all the advantages that the new flash memory must provide, will provide a significant increase. This flash memory not only has four planes, but also has a number of physical enhancements compared to the company’s previous memory. Micron’s replacement gate flash memory uses a metal-based control gate, which has a larger etch diameter and reduced inter-cell capacitive coupling issues to provide its fast performance and high-end durability.
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