Seagate has expanded its storage catalog with the FireCuda 120, a solid state drive under the SATA interface that the manufacturer focuses on «Gaming». Beyond marketing, the unit serves to any type of computer equipment and task.
Storage majors like Seagate, like WD, do not escape the current situation in the sector. The sale of hard drives has plummeted and its commitment to SSD for the consumer market is total.
FireCuda 120 uses the SATA interface to increase compatibility with a larger number of computers and lower the price per GB. Although it is slower than PCIe, like the ones that Seagate has on the market, not all computers have compatibility with M.2 slots yet and for both formats there is an abundant offer.
The unit employs the company’s own triple layer NAND flash 3D TLC memories and offers the maximum performance that the SATA interface allows, with data transfer speeds of 560/540 Mbytes per second in sequential read / write. Its declared mean time between failures (MTBF) is 1.8 million hours, while the amount of writes rises to 5,600 TB of Total Written Bytes (TBW).
The manufacturer also includes SeaTools software, which provides information and testing of installed SSDs. It offers control of the condition of the unit, performance monitoring and updates to the firmware and the tool itself.
Versions and prices FireCuda 120
Seagate offers five years warranty for these drives and storage capacities up to 4 Tbytes, with above-average prices on solid storage and even above some higher-performance PCIes:
FireCuda 120 500 GB: $ 104
FireCuda 120 1TB: $ 199
FireCuda 120 2TB: $ 388
FireCuda 120 4TB: $ 650