Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink review: A blazing fast Gen4 SSD with a price tag to match

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With games becoming more demanding on systems with each release, fast, high-capacity storage is a must. There are several options available on the market today, and the latest is PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSDs that offer blazing speeds.

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Our Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink review looks at a PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD with a heatsink to help dissipate heat for better and longer performance. Read on for our full review and find out why it earned a Top Pick of 2022 Award here at Techaeris.

Specifications

The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink M.2 SSD (ZP4000GM30023) we reviewed has the following features and specifications:

  • Speed Reigns: FireCuda 530 dominates the SSD lineup—delivering pure performance, absolute power, the most advanced components, and unrivaled endurance.
  • Absolute Performance: At up to 7,300MB/s you can harness the full power of PCIe Gen4 speeds to dominate next-generation games and applications.
  • Cool Speed Ahead: Heatsink technology keeps things cooler to maintain performance longer.
  • Storage Expansion for PS5™: The FireCuda 530 heatsink is compatible with PS5 consoles and meets PS5 specs on performance and dimensions for an easy drop-in expansion solution with no additional parts needed.
  • Fastest. FireCuda. Ever.: Built for sustained, pro-level gaming and accelerated content creation with transfer speeds up to 2× faster than PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSDs and up to 12× faster than SATA SSDs.
  • Latest Tech: Built with a Seagate-validated E18 controller and the latest 3D TLC NAND, FireCuda 530 provides the most advanced speed and durability so you can push the limits of your machine.
  • Endurance Unleashed: Designed to perform under heavy use and tough enough to go the distance—up to 5100TB TBW means you can write and delete 70% of the drive capacity, every day, for five years.
  • Rescue Services: Rest easy with three years of Rescue Data Recovery Services, offering an industry-leading 95% success rate against unexpected data loss.
ModelZP4000GM30023
Capacity4TB (2TB, 1TB, 500GB models available)
InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4
NAND Flash Memory3D TLC
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128KB7,250
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128KB6,900
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4KB QD32 T81,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4KB QD32 T81,000,000
Total Bytes Written (TB)5100
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours)1,800,000
Rescue Data Recover Services (years)3
Warranty, Limited (years)5
Active Power, Average (W)8.6
Idle Power PS3, Average (mW)30
Low Power L1.2 mode (mW)<5
Temperature, Operating Internal (°C)0°C – 70°C
Temperature, Non-operating (°C)-40°C – 85°C
Shock, Nonoperating: 0.5ms (Gs)1,500
TRIMYes
S.M.A.R.T.Yes
Halogen FreeYes
RoHS ComplianceYes
SoftwareDiscWizard, SeaTools
Dimensions (LxWxH)80.16 x 24.2 x 11.04mm (3.156 x 0.953 x 0.435in)
Weight47g (0.104lb)

What’s in the box

  • Seagate FireCuda 530 M.2 SSD (w/ optional heatsink)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Rescue Data Recovery Services (3 years included)
  • Warranty Guide (5-year limited warranty)
  • Stickers

Design

For the most part, a PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD has one look. Thin, slim, and long. The FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD is no exception. It is just over three inches in length and about an inch wide. Where it differed from other NVMe SSDs is the heatsink. The heatsink does add some minimal height to the SSD — 7.43mm (0.294″), so you’ll need to make sure it fits in your system. While it should fit in most desktops and the PS5 console, you may have issues with installing it into a laptop.

The heatsink on the FireCuda 530 SSD is a high-grade aluminum block with gunmetal anodization. According to Seagate, this helps dissipate heat which in turn helps minimize thermal throttling and maximizes performance. The heatsink itself is pretty slim and slick, with the FireCuda branding an orange stripe on it.

The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD is a bit thicker than normal due to the heatsink
The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD is a bit thicker than normal due to the heatsink.

Installation

If you’ve installed an NVMe SSD before, this is a no-brainer. All you need to do is find a spare NVMe port on your system, remove the single screw, slide the FireCuda 530 Heatsink SSD into place, push down the opposite end, and screw it in place. If you are replacing your primary drive, you will have to clone it first unless you want to set up your system from scratch again.

The FireCuda 530 Heatsink SSD is also compatible with the Sony PlayStation 5 console. Seagate has an excellent article on how to install one into your PS5. Unfortunately, we were unable to test it in a PS5 as we don’t have access to one.

Software

You can easily use the FireCuda 530 NVMe SSD without software. However, Seagate includes two software tools and recovery service with this drive.

DiscWizard

If you install anything, you’ll want to install the Seagate DiscWizard Windows application, which is actually a dumbed-down version of Acronis, a popular and solid disk management tool. Once installed, you can use the app to clone an existing disk to the FireCuda 530 Heatsink SSD, build rescue media, add a new disk to your system, and clean your drive. Some other options are feature locked like Acronis Universal Restore, Try & Decide, and Acronis Secure Zone. Selecting any of these will direct you to a purchase page to purchase a full version of Acronis.

Screenshot of the main screen of the Seagate DiscWizard Windows application
The main screen of the Seagate DiscWizard Windows application.

At any rate, I used the app to clone a 2TB SSD to the 4TB FireCuda 530. The process is pretty straightforward and allows you to quickly clone with default automatic settings (recommended) or manual settings, allowing you to adjust the size of partitions, what gets copied, and more.

I’m not sure if it was an issue with the software or the system I was using, but it said it would take about 2 hours. With about an hour and a half left, the timer quit and said the process had been completed. However, the system couldn’t read the drive. I swapped out for the primary drive and booted up the system to no avail. I reverted to the original SSD, put the FireCuda in the external enclosure I was using and the system couldn’t find it. I had to end up putting it in another system and reformatting it. Once reformatted, I put it back in the enclosure and re-cloned it. While it did complete much sooner than the two hours indicated, the FireCuda 530 worked as the primary drive in the machine I wanted.

SeaTools

SeaTools is meant to be installed and runs in the background, monitoring your drives (both Seagate and other OEM drives). It will offer limited functionality with non-Seagate drives, however. On that note, with it, you can check the health of your SSDs, run quick and extended tests, adjust the max LBA (not recommended), tunable capacity, spin down the drive, update the firmware, erase the drive, create a bootable SeaTools drive, and manage logs. It’s pretty simple but does what it’s supposed to.

Rescue Data Recovery Services

The Seagate FireCuda 530 M.2 SSD also comes with three years of the company’s Rescue Data Recovery Services. You can find more information about this on their website.

Performance

With its PCIe Gen4 NVMe interface, latest 3D TLC NAND, and Seagate-validated E18 controller, you’d expect fast performance with the FireCuda 530 Heatsink NVMe SSD. On its website, Seagate states the drive is capable of read speeds of up to 7,300MB/s and 6,900MB/s write speeds. This does depend on size, with the 2TB and 1TB models capable of 7,300MB/s read speeds, the 4TB a slightly slower 7,250MB/s, and the 500GB version 7,000MB/s. When it comes to read speeds, the 500GB is pretty slow at 3,000MB/s while the three other capacities all top out at 6,900MB/s.

Of course, we ran the FireCuda 530 Heatsink 4TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD through a few different benchmark programs and compared it with the WD_BLACK Gen4 drive and some older Gen3 PCIe NVMe SSDs. Check out the results in the table below:

FireCuda 530 Heatsink 4TBWD_BLACK Gen4 SDCPNRZ-2T00-1106 2TBSamsung 950 PROWD Black SN750Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB
CrystalDiskMark Seq Read7,048 MB/s6,964 MB/s2,964.1 MB/s3,367 MB/s3,355 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark Seq Write6,768 MB/s5,215 MB/s1,548.4 MB/s2,960 MB/s2,072 MB/s
AS SSD Seq Read5,489 MB/s5,169 MB/s2,783.59 MB/s2,876MB/s2,635MB/s
AS SSD Seq Write4,862 MB/s4,309 MB/s1,305.24 MB/s2,044MB/s1,846 MB/s
ATTO Seq Read5,730 MB/s5,660 MB/s
ATTO Seq Write4,860 MB/s4,890 MB/s

As you can see, different apps do report differently depending on the parameters. CrystalDiskMark was the closest to the 7,250MB/s max sequential read and 6,900MB/s max sequential write. It is a fast drive, barely beating a 2TB WD_BLACK Gen4 NVMe SSD in read performance but easily besting it when it comes to the write department on some tests.

The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD offers great performance
The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD offers great performance.

As far as reliability and endurance are concerned, Seagate mentions that the FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD can sustain:

  • 0.7 Drive Writes per Day—fill and delete 70% of the drive capacity, every day, for five years
  • 1.8 Million Hours Mean Time Between Failures for trusted reliability
  • Up to 5100TB Total Terabytes Written—durability delivered

Given the performance and endurance specifications, this drive should last you for quite a few years, hopefully without issue. In the event it does fail, you can use the aforementioned included Rescue Data Recovery Service from Seagate.

Price/Value

High-capacity PCIe Gen4 storage isn’t cheap. Starting at US$169.99/CA$215.99 for the 500GB version, the 4TB version will set you back a whopping US$1018.99/CA$1301.99 — close to the price of two PlayStation 5 consoles. Interestingly enough, the 4TB heatsink version only costs an extra US$19/CA$26 over the regular version. In that case, it is a no-brainer if you’re shelling out this kind of money for the drive to get the heatsink and add to the longevity of the drive.

That said, it appears to be on sale on Amazon right now with prices ranging between US$119.99 for the 500GB version and US$899.99 for the 4TB version. Personally, given the write performance on the 500GB model, I’d stick with the 1TB and up. As for the competition, Seagate’s pricing does seem to be fairly in line with a few off-brand exceptions that are much lower but also come without a heatsink. The scoring for this section is based on an average for all four sizes, if it was based on the 4TB alone, it’d be around a 7/10.

Wrap-up

If you’re looking to expand the storage in your gaming PC or PlayStation 5, the Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink SSD is a great choice. While the 4TB version is expensive, the 1TB and 2TB are more reasonably priced and will provide ample additional fast storage. As mentioned in the previous section, I’d personally skip the 500GB version due to its lower max write specifications.

Because of its performance and PlayStation 5 compatibility, the Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD earns a Top Pick of 2022 Award here at Techaeris.

Last Updated on March 22, 2022.

Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink SSD

US$169.99+/ CA$215.99+

Design

10.0/10

Installation

10.0/10

Software

8.5/10

Performance

10.0/10

Price/Value

8.5/10

Nailed it

  • Slim heatsink design
  • Fast read/write speeds
  • Includes 5 yr warranty and 3 yr data recovery services
  • Includes software for monitoring, cloning, and backing up

Needs work

  • Pricey at higher capacities
  • DiscWizard is feature locked
The Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD
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