Seagate FireCuda 530 Review

An SSD (Solid-State Drive) is a storage device that uses combined circuit assemblies to store information continuously using flash memory and operating as secondary storage in computer storage. Recently, Seagate has released its fastest SSD in the market. The FireCuda 530 from the company is a PCIe 4 x4 gaming solid-state drive that provides transfer rates up to 7.3 GB/s and durability that easily surpasses levels offered by customer drives today. Moreover, the drive comes with the data recovery service of Seagate for additional peace of mind.

About Seagate

Seagate tech holdings is a US data storage company founded in 1978 as Shugart tech and started business in 1979. Since 2010, it has been incorporated in Ireland, with operational headquarters in California, United States. The company designs and manufactures products that include laptops, desktop computers, SSD, and external portable HDD. In this article, we will review the latest SSD launched by Seagate. Following are the Seagate FireCuda 2.5 Specs.

Specifications and Design

ProductFireCuda 530 2TBFireCuda 530 1TB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
ControllerPS5018 Phison E18/
Protocol/InterfaceNVMe 1.4/ PCIe 4×4 /
Endurance2550 TBW1,275 TBW
WarrantyFive yearsFive years
Sequential Write (up to)6,900 MB/s6,000 MB/s
Sequential Read (up to)7,300 MB/s/
Random Write (up to)1,000,000 IOPS/
Random Read (up to)1,000,000 IOPS800,000 IOPS
NV MemoryMicron 176L TLC/

The FireCuda 530 is an 80 mm long, 22mm wide PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe (Nonvolatile Memory Express) SSD. Like many other sellers these days, Seagate is reluctant to disclose all the details of their SSDs, so we cannot tell you all the technical details about this SSD. The 2 Terabyte model we tested has 2GB of DDR4 initial cache. It utilizes a PS6108 Phison controller and saves bits on 3D Micron 176-layer Triple-Level Cell (TLC)/3-bit NAND. So, the technology company is providing its customers with good stuff.

The 4TB and 2TB drives are dual-sided, while 1Tb/512GB sizes are one-sided. It can be a probable consideration if your laptop computer is super-thin. The company has significant faith in its Firecuda 530’s durability, probably because NAND (176-layer) might have additional capacity or is simply more rugged. This latest drive also comes with five years of warranty and is regarded for 640TBW (512 gigabyte model), 1,275TBW, 2,550TBW, and 5,100TBW respectively. 

TBW is an acronym for Terabytes Written; the quantity of bytes that may be inscribed earlier the drive wears out. To top the act of assurance for its product, Seagate will restore data from an abortive FireCuda 530 for the initial three years of ownership, free of cost.You don’t have more budget to buying new laptop. you can get new Laptop on rent from AMR Technosoft 


The FireCuda 530 from the Seagate family features drives in 4TB, 2TB, 1TB, and 500GB capacities. This series is based on the PS5018-E18 Phison platform (NVMe 1.4, 32 CEs, 8 NAND channels, and DRAM caching support) with the modern 3D TLC memory that was significantly enhanced by the company’s engineers to maximize performance and endurance. Above all, the drive has fairly thick EKWB-architecture, low profile heatsinks made of aluminum to make sure expected performance under greater loads.


As far as the performance is concerned, there is no suspense in this section. Seagate rates FireCuda 530 4TB and 2TB models for 7,300 MB/s sequential reading speed, 1,000,000 random read/write IOPS (input/output operations per second), and up to 6,900 MB/s sequential writing speed. This is very much higher if compared with competing drives which are also powered by the E18 Phison platform. One thing to be noted here is; high-performance output always comes with relatively high-energy consumption ranging from 5.8W – 8.4W.

We were amazed by the gap of victory that Firecuda 503 provided. The 2 Terabyte model defeats the former title-holder, Samsung 980 Pro, in most of the tests. That has definitely made Seagate and Phison pretty happy as it is not easy at all to defeat Samsung very often.

The Firecuda 530 was the quickest drive we have tested in both real-world transfers and synthetic benchmarks. It was the primary solid-state drive to write a 450GB file in less than three and a half minutes. Moreover, as stated by AS SSD 2, it also had tremendously low reading access times of 0.01ms (milliseconds). 

In brief, the 530 is the quickest NVMe PCIe 4.0 solid-state drive you can purchase. You should note that its 500-gigabyte model is notably slower in writing than others, particularly over PCIe 4. So, the performance of Seagate FireCuda 530 earns nothing but admiration; thus far, the company too went beyond and above with the durability of these drives. 

The introductory FireCuda 500GB is regarded for up to 640 TB TBW (to be written) over assures a .7 DWPD rating, that is at least twofold higher if compared with 0.3 DWPD assured by competing drives.

Price and Availability

Unfortunately, the Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD is going to be exclusive and expensive, as well as it is not available in the market currently. It all sold out in all volumes at all main online platforms, including Amazon and Best Buy. A representative from the company said that Seagate expected the drives to reappear in August. We can tell you prices based on online platforms. You will have to pay $1,000 for 4Tb, $540 for 2TB, $260 for 1TB, and $160 for 500GB.  Due to some reason, the preinstalled heat sink models carry a somewhat big upcharge. 

Reasons to Buy

  • Fastest NVMe PCIe 4 solid-state drive among all
  • Five-years of warranty along with a three-year data recovery without any charges
  • Very high longevity (TBW) rating

Final Verdict 

The FireCuda 530 from Seagate is the fastest non-volatile memory express SSD we have seen that is available for PCIe 4 and PCIe 3 systems. It is a bit expensive, but the extra money also provides outstanding durability and support. It is a highly recommended gadget from our side. We hope that you enjoyed this review. Please wait until we come with another one. 

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