Seagate is a brand famous for manufacturing hard disk drives. Yet, since the HDD sales are failing, Seagate wants to stand out by creating new SSDs with high performance. Hence, the Seagate BarraCuda 510 SSD comes out and becomes hot top on its social media since CES 2019. This post will introduce BarraCuda 510 M.2 NVMe SSD to you.
Recently, at CES 2019, Seagate made its appearance on the consumer SSD market by introducing the new Seagate BarraCuda SSD. The company came up with a new strategy to deal with the decreasing HDD sales: to become the seller of Phison-based consumer SSDs. By taking advantage of the new E12 NVMe controller of Phison, Seagate announced a lineup of M.2 NVMe SSDs including the BarraCuda 510 M.2 NVMe SSD.
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Seagate BarraCuda 510 SSD Review
Capacity & Interface
To meet the demands of different people, Seagate provides 2 choices in terms of capacity: 256GB and 512 GB. Though the capacity is not so large, the performance of both models is actually great. The single-sided M.2 2280 form factor has been added by Seagate to its BarraCuda 510 M.2 SSD product to achieve fast speed.
People would like to use this Seagate BarraCuda SSD on their clients, workstations, ultra-thin laptops, and desktop PCs by using the NVMe interface (the BarraCuda 510 SSD is also available in a 2.5 SATA model). To provide better user experience, Seagate also bundle the BarraCuda 510 M.2 SSD with the SeaTools SSD; the latter is a free tool of Seagate company designed to monitor health of the drives by testing and analyzing them. According to Seagate Technology PLC, the new Seagate BarraCuda SSD is created to meet the requirements of many demanding applications, such as hardcore gaming, 4K video processing, and multi-tasking with resource-intensive software.
Reliability and Endurance
The MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of Seagate BarraCuda 510 256GB model and Seagate BarraCuda 510 512GB are 1.8M hours. Meanwhile, Seagate provides up to 160 (256GB) and 320 (512GB) total terabytes written. Besides, the BarraCuda 510 M.2 SSD is provided with a 5-year warranty. What’s more, the Rescue Data Recovery Services plan is optional, you can choose to purchase it or not according to your will.
The Seagate BarraCuda SSD is equipped with both PCIe G3 ×4 and NVMe 1.3 interfaces. It uses the Toshiba 64L 3D TLC NAND flash memory. The speeds of the 256GB model and 512GB model are slightly different.
- The 256GB model: the sequential read speed can be up to 3,400 MB/s while the sequential write speed is up to 2,180 MB/s. The max random read is 350,000 IOPS while the max random write is 530,000 IOPS.
- The 512GB model: the sequential read speed can be up to 3,100 MB/s while the sequential write speed is up to 1,050 MB/s. The max random read is 180,000 IOPS while the max random write is 260,000 IOPS.
The BarraCuda 510 M.2 NVMe SSD together with the FireCuda M.2 NVMe SSD is designed by Seagate as the response to the Blue and Black NVMe SSDs of Western Digital.
The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is designed for the entry-level devices while the FireCuda M.2 NVMe SSD is a high-end performance model. They belong to the same product but are split into two parts according to capacity, price and other factors. Finally, the BarraCuda 510 series wins the favor of mainstream brands with the cheaper and lower capacities.
In today’s era, the consumers don’t have much need for the traditional hard drives. Seagate wants to be a little more aggressive and reestablish its brand, it's no wonder it released the new BarraCuda 510 SSD and FireCuda M.2 NVMe SSD.