Seagate just lately returned to the patron SSD market with the BarraCuda SSD . It didn’t make a lot of a soar, however Seagate received moist and began a brand new technique as a vendor of Phison-based shopper SSDs. Now Seagate is utilizing Phison's new E12 NVMe controller to enter the high-end market section with a variety of M.2 NVMe SSDs: BarraCuda 510 and FireCuda 510.
At first look Seagate could seem silly to make use of two totally different names to refer to 2 halves of the identical product line. Nevertheless, the present state of high-end shopper NVMe SSDs is that solely the biggest fashions can attain the spectacular speeds that attain the bounds of a PCIe three x4 connection. Smaller fashions are held again as a result of there are too few NAND flash recollections for the parallel entry SSD controller. This has all the time been true to some extent, however now that any 3D TLC die supplies both 256GB or 512GB, the efficiency penalty for small drives tends to have an effect on mainstream disk capability factors. Because of this, it is smart for Seagate to order its gaming and enthusiast-focused FireCuda branding for the 1TB and 2TB fashions, whereas the extra widespread BarraCuda branding is for the 256GB and 512GB Fashions is utilized.
Seagate BarraCuda 510 and FireCuda 510 SSD specs
one-sided M.2 2280
double-sided M.2 2280
Toshiba 64L 3D TLC
3400 MB / s
2100 MB / s
3150 MB / s
Random studying (QD256)
620 ok IOPS
Random writing (QD256)
Max. Energetic energy
Other than the capability, there are some minor variations between the Barracuda 510 and the FireCuda 510. The BarraCuda 510 fashions have a decrease oversize capability of 256 GB and 512 GB, whereas the FireCuda 510 has 1000 or 2000 GB , This distinction additionally impacts the write-duration score, which is zero.three drives per day for the BarraCuda 510 and zero.5 drives per day for the FireCuda 510. Each numbers are extra typical for mainstream shopper SSDs than for high-end fashions. As a result of decrease capability of the BarraCuda 510 fashions, they can be utilized as single-sided M.2 playing cards, permitting them to suit into thinner pocket book techniques. The BarraCuda 510 may also be obtainable in variations with or with out TCG Opal Encryption help, whereas the FireCuda will solely ship in unencrypted type.
The 2 drives are nonetheless Phison's reference designs, and we anticipate actual world efficiency to match different drives primarily based on the identical platform, such because the Corsair MP510 or the MyDigitalSSD BPX Professional , Seagate has not introduced pricing for the brand new fashions to be delivered in March 2019. Seagate's pricing for the BarraCuda SATA SSD was nothing particular, however nonetheless inside the affordable vary of a mainstream drive. We hope Seagate shall be slightly extra aggressive with the brand new NVMe fashions to rebuild their model at a time when shoppers not want mechanical laborious drives.