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Seagate releases FireCuda 520 SSDs and FireCuda Gaming Dock

Seagate is adding two new products to its FireCuda lineup, aimed at gamers: the Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD and the FireCuda Gaming Dock. The company is also refreshing some of its existing SSD solutions, the FireCuda 510, the Barracuda 510, and the Barracuda 120.

One of Seagate’s latest additions to its FireCuda series of gaming-oriented storage solutions, the FireCuda 520 SSD, is a PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe double-sided SSD that comes with either 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage space. With Kioxia’s 96L BiCS4 TLC NAND flash alongside the Phison E16 controller, it’s able to achieve a throughput of 5000/4400 MBps sequential read/write and up to 760000/700000 read/write IOPS.

The MTBF rating for this drive is 1.8M hours and has an endurance of up to 3600TB of total bytes written. It offers a five-year limited warranty and SeaTools software from Seagate so that you can monitor your storage’s health. It’s available now for $124.99(500GB), $249.99 (1TB), and $429.99 (2TB).

The other addition to the FireCuda lineup is the FireCuda Gaming Dock, a “high-performance storage solution offering the simplicity of a one-cable connection to all of your peripherals”. It comes with a 4TB 7200RPM 3.5-inch HDD, but there’s an expansion slot for a PCIe Gen3 NVMe M.2 SSD.

It connects to the PC through a Thunderbolt 3 port, and for the peripheral’s connection there is a Thunderbolt 3 accessory port, a DisplayPort 1.4, an RJ45 Ethernet network port, a 3.5mm audio-in/mic port, a 3.5mm audio-out port, 4x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, and a USB 3.1 Gen2 charge port. The RGB LED of the Gaming Dock it’s controlled with Seagate’s Toolkit software. The FireCuda Gaming Dock will have a three-year warranty and will be available soon for $349.99.

The refresh of the double-sided FireCuda 510 changes the PCB colour to black, the NAND flash to the same as the FireCuda 520 SSD, Kioxia 96L BiCS4 TLC NAND, and adds a 500GB option. The refreshed single-sided Barracuda 510 also comes with the latest Kioxia 96L BiCS4 flash as well, and a storage option of 1TB was added. The Barracuda 120 refresh consists in a change of the controller to a more recent one, the Phison S12 SATA, and it comes with either Kioxia 96L BiCS4 TLC NAND or Micron 64L TLC NAND, depending on the batch.

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