Seagate FireCuda 120 SSD 2TB Internal Solid State Drive, for Gaming PC Laptop

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Seagate is no visitor to the SSD market having delivered many solutions over the

past few years. Their most advanced, the FireCuda 120, aims to take the SATA

market by storm and put the 860 Pro from Samsung in its place. The 860 Pro is

the benchmark for SATA, but more recently, Phison powered, S12 tested drives

have really come on strong. The FireCuda 120 is one of these and has been

harmonised to deliver some really impressive production. Capacity options include

500GB along with a 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB model. Marketing achievement rates this

solution at 560/540 for regular and 100K read and 90K random write IOPS.

Steadfastness within the five-year warranty period extends to an exciting 5600 TBW,

allowing for 0.7 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day). This is a 2.5″ SATA SSD solution with a

z-height of 7mm, perfect for legacy notebooks or gaming systems.

Price: $358.58

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Form Factor2.5-inch
Digital Storage Capacity2 TB
Hardware InterfaceSATA 6.0 Gb/s
Read Speed560 Megabytes Per Second
Compatible DevicesLaptop
Data Transfer Rate6 Gb per second
Device TypeInternal Drive, Solid State Drive
Digital Storage Capacity2 TB
Hardware InterfaceSATA 6.0 Gb/s
Hardware PlatformPC, laptop
Item Dimensions3.95 x 2.76 x 0.25 inches
Item Weight1.76 ounces
Model NumberZA4000GM10001
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s
NAND Flash Memory3D TLC
Form Factor2.5 in × 7mm
1 Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128KB560
1 Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128KB540
1 Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4KB QD32100,000
1 Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4KB QD3290,000
Total Bytes Written (TB)5600
Active Power, Average (W)5.5
Temperature, Operating Internal (°C)0-70
Shock, Non-operating: 0.5ms (Gs)1500
Endurance (TBW)2800
MTTFUp to 1.8M hours
Warranty, Limited (years)5

The MSRP of the 4TB FireCuda 120 comes in at $569.99 with a five-year warranty.

Seagate FireCuda 120 Performance

When it comes to benchmarking storage devices, application testing is best, and

synthetic examination appears in second place. While not a perfect illustration of

actual workloads, synthetic tests do help to baseline storage projects with a

repeatability factor that makes it easy to do apples-to-apples connection between

playing solutions. These workloads offer a range of different measurement profiles

varying from “four corners” tests, common database change size tests, to trace

captures from different VDI situations. All of these tests leverage the common

vdBench workload generator, with a scripting engine to automate and capture

results over a large measure testing crowd. This allows us to repeat the same

workloads over a wide range of storage devices, including flash arrays and different

storage devices. Our testing process for these benchmarks fills the entire drive

surface with data, then partitions a drive section equal to 5% of the drive capacity

to simulate how the drive might respond to application workloads. This is different

than full entropy tests which use 100% of the drive and take them into a steady

state. As a result, these figures will mirror higher-sustained write speeds.


Get the highest, top-level SSD speed with SATA III 6 Gb/s. Take advantage of high

consecutive read/write speeds (up to 560/540 MB/s) for more knowing downloads,

installs, and multitasking. Unleash SATA SSD speeds that are up to 30× faster than

hard drives. Enjoy the long-term high resistance of .07 DWPD. Game positively with

the intensity of up to 5,600 TB total bytes written (TBW). With a robust 1.8M hours

mean time between failures (MTBF), you’ve got roughly 82 years of gaming ahead

of you. Up to 4 TB of capacity means you can incorporate games without fear of

maxing out space. Monitor drive health, performance,

Software and Accessories

Seagate supports the SSD with SeaTools SSD, an SSD toolbox that enables users to

monitor the SSD. The drive also begins with Seagate DiscWizard, a simple-to-use

system cloning, and backup software.

A Closer Look

The FireCuda 120’s black metal casing gives it a quality feel, and the design is

reviewing if you plan on showing off the SSD in your computer case. The SSD

comes in a slim 2.5” 7mm form factor, so it will also fit in most laptops that

acquire the form factor. The Phison PS3112-S12 SATA 6 Gbps SSD controller, a

robust 8-channel controller manufactured on TSMC’s 28nm process technology,

powers the drive. It leverages a dual-CPU architecture with a built-in 32-bit

microcontroller. The controller clocks in at 666 MHz and interfaces with two of

Kingston’s 8Gb DDR3L 1,600 MHz DRAM ICs to cache metadata and ensure

responsive performance. The controller supports secure erase, end-to-end data

path protection, Trim, SMART data reporting, and thermal throttling that’s managed

via an internal thermal sensor. It also comes with Phison’s SmartFlush algorithm

that prevents data loss by flushing the DRAM to the cache when the drive is idle.

SmartRefresh also helps to ensure data integrity by scanning for NAND errors when

an idle state is detected. 

The FireCuda also supports DevSleep for low power draw when idle. However,

unlike competing drives like Crucial’s MX500 and Samsung’s 860 EVO, the SSD

lacks AES 256-bit disk encryption to keep your data secure.

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD Review

Seagate outs the next drive in its SSD lineup, the FireCuda Gaming 120. Join us as we

take a look at the speedy 4TB SATA model.

The side goes into more detail with dimensions of the drive along with box contents.

Unboxing, we have the drive itself FireCuda branding on the front.

The drive offers a standard SATA layout, ready for any drive tray/backplane.

Best Fit

-New desktop gaming PC builds
-Upgrading a desktop gaming PC
-Upgrading a laptop gaming PC

Maximum Speed

Maxed out SATA 6Gb/s speeds of 560/540 MB/s (sequential read/write).

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