Seagate has been more and more agressive with their marketing campaings that aim for gamers, especially with the upcoming support from AMD. To finish up the year, they presented their newest FireCuda 520 SSD and FireCuda Gaming Dock, both of them representing the next generation of storage devices and trying to enter the Best SSD For Gaming as well as Best USB C Hub. We can’t blame them though, it’s a lucrative market.
One of the first SSD’s to support PCI Express 4.0 bus
The FireCuda 520 SSD is among a few drives that use the PCI Express 4.0 bus allowing it to reach high read and write speeds. The sequential read speed for the device is at 5,000Mps which is similar to what present PCIe 4.0 SSDs offers. Its sequential write speed is also rated at 4,400Mbps (x4 Gen4 link has a maximum throughput of approximately 8,000Mbps, so FireCuda 520 is yet to hit the bottleneck).
The device is available in 500GB ($124.99), 1TB ($249.99), and 2TB ($429.99). In theory, the FireCuda 520 series is extremely fast. Using this drive requires a motherboard with PCIe 4.0 support, and presently, only AMD’s X570 offers such capability in the consumer market. The device works on PCIe 3.0 motherboards, but you won’t get the top speed.
A gaming dock and external disk in one
FireCuda Gaming Dock is another new storage device developed by Seagate. It’s mainly an external storage device with a built-in 4TB hard drive alongside a PCIe Gen 3 slot that allows you to add M.2 form factor solid-state devices. Connecting the dock to PCs is done using Thunderbolt 3. The dock includes other ports such as GbE LAN port, two 3.5mm jacks (for mic and audio), DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. When connected, the device lights up, and it is priced at $349.99. Additionally, it is expected to be on the market later this month and has a 3-year warranty.