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Seagate FireCuda 120 2TB SSD Review

Rating: 8.0.

The FireCuda 120 range is one of the lastest additions to Seagate’s gaming product line-up. These SATA 6Gb/s drives use 96-layer 3D TLC NAND together with a Phison S12 controller. Coming in at £280 for the 2TB model reviewed here, is this SSD worth the asking price?

The FireCuda 120 line-up comprises four capacities (at the time of writing); the entry-level 500GB model, 1TB, 2TB (the drive we are looking at here) and the flagship 4TB model. At the heart of the FireCuda 120 is a re-branded Phison S12 8-channel controller which looks after 96-layer BiCS4 3D TLC NAND.

Seagate rate the FireCuda 120 Sequential performance as up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write across the range while 4K random read/writes are quoted at up to 100,000 IOPS and 90,000 IOPS respectively, again these figures are for all models.

Endurance ratings for the FireCuda 120 range are pretty impressive. The 2TB FireCuda 120 is quoted as 2,800TB TBW with the entry-level 500GB drive rated at 700TB, the 1TB model 1,400TB and the 4TB drive 5,600TB. Seagate backs the FireCuda 120 with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacity: 2TB.
  • NAND Components: 96-layer BiCS4 3D TLC.
  • NAND Controller: Phison S12.
  • Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
  • Form Factor: 2.5in, 7mm.
  • Dimensions: 100 x 70 x 7mm
  • Drive Weight: 50g.

Firmware Version: SU0SC011

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