Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB Performance Testing
We test using both the default smaller test size as well as larger test sets on our benchmarks. This allows us to see the difference between lighter and heavier workloads.
CrystalDiskMark is used as a basic starting point for benchmarks as it is something commonly run by end-users as a sanity check.
Starting out fairly strong, the Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB finds itself pretty close to its rated specs. It falls a tiny bit short in write speed compared to the 6000 MB/s rating, but it is only off by around 2% which is forgivable. Compared to the rest of the drives on the graph, the FireCuda 530 is vying for the top spot.
Performance drop on the larger CrystalDiskMark test is negligible, which is always welcome. As a result, the FireCuda 530 is once again only narrowly edged out by the XPG Gammix S70.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark has been a staple of drive sequential performance testing for years. ATTO was tested at both 256MB and 8GB file sizes.
We take our ATTO results at the 32 MB data point, and if you look at the full ATTO 256 MB file size results you will notice the 32 MB result is anomalous compared to the rest of the graph. In truth, additional runs of this test on the FireCuda 530 put the 32 MB write results right in line with the other chunk sizes at around 5.49 GB/s. I am not holding this lower result against the FireCuda 530; every drive has variability. I specifically kept this result to show that despite controlling for as many variables as possible in my testing environment there is still room for seemingly random variability in the testing and to demonstrate that no single benchmark or benchmark result should ever be considered fully representative for a drive.
Thanks to not randomly hiccupping in the larger 8GB ATTO test, the results fall right back in line with the best PCIe 4.0 drives we have tested.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a comprehensive benchmark that gives us a very in-depth look at the performance of drives tested. This benchmark was run with both a 1GB and 8GB test size.
Anvil keeps the Seagate FireCuda 530 near the top of our result set, combining a very good read score with chart-topping write scores.
The Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB also performs very well in the larger Anvil test. It only suffers a minor performance dip, though that is just enough to let the Gigabyte AORUS 7000s to edge past the FireCuda 530 in write score.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is another good benchmark for testing SSDs. We run all three tests for our series. Like other utilities, it was run with both the default 1GB as well as a larger 10GB test set.
AS SSD gives the Firecuda 530 its first read victory in my testing. Write score is also very good, once again narrowly losing to the AORUS 7000s.
The larger AS SSD test is is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the FireCuda 530 loses a step in the read score department and falls to third on our graph. Write speed, on the other hand, turns in an astounding result and actually improves compared to the smaller test. More on this write speed later on in the review.
SPECworkstation, thermals, and our conclusion are up next.