Ever since the PCIe 4.0 standard was popularized by AMD 400-series chipsets, or more recently the Intel 600-series, storage companies have entered a new race after PCIe 3.0 speeds were pushed to the limit. The first generation NVMe 4.0 products actually only read and write at 4000-5000 MB/s. Technology cannot stand still, leading to big companies like Western Digital and Samsung also rushing into the race to increase NVMe 4.0 speed and reach 6000 – 7000 MB/s.
Meanwhile, Seagate has been slow to catch up with the trend, releasing NVMe 4.0 products long after the competition. FireCuda 530, the company’s most advanced NVMe 4.0 series, was released long after competitors like the 980 Pro or SN850. However, the Seagate FireCuda 530 proves that it is “a capable post production” with the fastest read speed on the market.
In terms of packaging, the packaging of FireCuda 530 is similar to products in the same segment in the market, with the packaging designed according to the brand color tone and product image. The FireCuda dragon mascot takes up most of the content on the front. The FireCuda 530 packaging also doesn’t have a cutout to see the serial number affixed to the product.
Like most other NVMe products, the FireCuda 530 is housed in a plastic shell to prevent collisions. A point that I particularly appreciate is that this SSD is also packaged in an anti-static and vacuum-sealed bag for the best preservation of the product. This is a completely different approach than some of the higher-end NVMe 4.0 products I’ve tested, when there’s just a plastic bubble with a couple of covers that looks like a way to package a popular memory card.
Besides product manuals and data recovery software, Seagate is also very proud to include two sets of stickers with the company logo and FireCuda brand.
The main character, the FireCuda 530 1TB, doesn’t differ too much from the competition in looks. The top of this NVMe SSD consists of 3D TLC NAND Flash memory chips, a carefully selected Seagate Phison E18 controller chip and a DRAM cache chip. All are located below the product logo stamp, which is also a thermal conductivity stamp.
Since it is a single-sided NVMe, there are no components behind the FireCuda 530, just stamps printed with parameters and product identifiers. A rather unfortunate point is that the version I’m holding today doesn’t have a heatsink.
Born late, but FireCuda 530 is not inferior, in fact, it surpasses its competitors. In the most popular tests like Atto, CrystalDiskMark, the sequential read speed of this SSD can reach 7300MB/s. The sequential write speed also reaches around 6000 MB/s. The Atto test shows that FireCuda 530 can achieve quite stable read/write speeds at a high level with data blocks from 128KB.
In addition, FireCuda 530 is also certified as PS5 compatible and the product used in advertisement when PS5 introduced internal storage expansion feature with NVMe 4.0. No wonder this SSD can reach read speeds of 6500MB/s, the highest in the segment. However, users need to purchase a version with an integrated heatsink or purchase an external heatsink as the components on the NVMe 4.0 SSD get very hot, especially the controller chip. Overheating of the NVMe will greatly affect the performance and lifespan of the product.
It can be seen that during the benchmark run, the maximum operating temperature of the FireCuda 530 is only 59 degrees Celsius thanks to the integrated heat sink on the mainboard. However, if you remove the heatsink, it’s almost certain. This SSD will reach 90-100 degrees Celsius, which will cause overheating and need to reduce the pulse according to the performance.
All in all, the Seagate FireCuda 530 has top speed and stability, if not the market leader at the moment. This speed is now also approaching the bandwidth limit of the NVMe 4.0 standard. Let’s wait and see if internal storage manufacturers like Seagate continue to use PCIe 4.0 or soon switch to PCIe 5.0 to catch the trend. If you are a “prosumer” who deals a lot with large files or high-resolution videos, or simply needs to expand the storage capacity of PC or PS5 games, FireCuda 530 will definitely be one of the top choices. Plank.