For PC enthusiasts looking for peak performance, moving every bit of information through your PC as fast as possible is key.
This means having the best CPU, the best GPU, the fastest RAM and efficient cooling, but what about storage?
While SSDs are becoming much cheaper, the theoretical limit of performance has been reached as far as we know. The SATA connection – while ubiquitous – can be limiting when it comes to speed.
What would be great is if you could utilise the speed of your PCIe slot as an interface for storage. This is because compared to SATA connections, the latency when communicating with the CPU via PCIe lanes is much lower.
Of course, we’re not special in this thinking as this is the interface that NVMe SSDs such as the FireCuda 510 series utilise.
The big question is, how much faster the FireCuda 510 is compared to a regular SATA SSD. The answer is like comparing night to day.
A regular SSD connected via SATA will net you read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. That means a 1GB file should take two seconds to transfer.
Thanks to its PCIe connection, the FireCude 510 M.2 drive can achieve read and write speeds of up to 3 450MB/s and 3 200MB/s respectively. That is six times faster than your standard SATA drive.
This means that everything from booting up your machine, to transferring files and loading complex applications such as games, is lightning fast.
We’re not saying that using a FireCuda 510 will make you a better gamer, but it has been shown that with fewer bottlenecks, games run smoother and that makes playing them more of a joy.
Part of the FireCuda’s speed comes from Seagate’s implementation of PCIe Gen4 which offers bandwidth of up to 32GB/s. The standard also improves the component’s signal reliability which ultimately improves performance.
Speaking of reliability, the FireCuda is rated for 1.8 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF). Hard drives often only offer up a MTBF of 30 000 hours so you’re getting a sizeable upgrade when it comes to reliability.
Beyond that, the FireCuda 510 is also covered by Seagate’s five year limited warranty, just in case something goes wrong.
The FireCuda 510 is available in three capacities namely 500GB, 1TB and 2TB so you can run your games or store your hefty working files without worrying about running out of space.