Seagate makes HDDs and SSDs for any application, from everyday users to high-end enterprise servers. The 510 series is their latest line of Firecuda gaming Solid State Drives. I installed the 1TB in my system this past summer, and it seriously turbo-charged things, giving 3450/3200 MB/s sequential read/write speeds. It’s an amazing drive that pulled my computer out of molasses into the fast lane.
The company sent the drive for free for review, but this is my honest assessment of the drive and its performance.
Under the Hood
FireCuda 510 series drives are M.2 NVMe solid-state drives that have 8Gbps transfer speeds using an x4 PCIe slot. It has a 64-layer 3D triple-level cell NAND that gives it exceptional performance. It sits flush against my motherboard, basically making my HDDs obsolete (although they’re being relegated to backup drives on a secondary system).
The drives come in 1TB and 2TB, though the 1TB drive is what I tested. It’s rated at 1300 TerraBytes Written and comes with a five-year warranty, which means it’s a very tough and stable drive capable of handling a lot of usage. It also has 1MB of DRAM cache onboard with secondary caching available.
Usability, Installation, and Performance
Overall, this is a simple drive to install, so long as you have the slot on your motherboard. If you’re installing in an older desktop, you may have issues, but this fit perfectly in mine. I could see the drive making a great addition to any laptop as well.
Files move through it like butter, and everything from my Windows startup time to program and tab booting, web browsing, processing video, and gaming all improved immensely. It’s an exponential increase that can’t be denied. This beast handled everything from heavy streaming to file sharing with large files.
There are a few performance dips when it reaches full cache, but these slowdowns are still faster than the old SATA HDDs I was using and easily tolerable.
Seagate is a leading manufacturer of gaming drives and for good reason. This FireCude 510 is a blazing fast drive that instantly upgraded my desktop computer for gaming.
For a low-price under $200 for 1TB, it’s easily the best investment you’ll make for a new computer build or refreshing an old one.