The floor of PAX East 2020 is a great place to find awesome gaming products on display, and data storage developer Seagate made sure to show three of their top notch hard drive devices and accessories that have taken the gaming world by storm so far, and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. Here’s an overview of each of the devices we saw from Seagate at PAX East this weekend.
The Seagate FireCuda 510
The Seagate FireCuda 510 (opens in new tab) is the more affordable of the two PCIe NVMe SSDs that Seagate showed this weekend, but it is in no way a slouch. In fact, its 3,450 MB/s read and 3,200 MB/s write speeds are excellent. With speeds like this, gamers will notice their games loading significantly faster than they would with traditional hard drives. In addition to this, rigs equipped with this SSD will be able to load in new areas quicker in large, open world games too, eliminating freezing entirely. Another way the blazingly-fast speeds of the FireCuda 510 will help gamers is with its ability to process multiple 4K video streams and/or programs at any given time, which is essential for both content creators and regular players alike that want to record and stream their gameplay with others. The FireCuda 510 is also designed to take up as little space as possible thanks to its M.2 2280 design, which means that you’ll be able to put it in any size device out there, ranging from a laptop to a full-blown desktop battlestation. It’s also important to note that the SSD is available in sizes of 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB. This ensures that no matter how much space you need to store your games and game-related content, you’ll be able to get it with the FireCuda 510. Finally, it comes with a 5-year limited warranty, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a faulty SSD if the one you get initially has any problems.
The Seagate FireCuda 520
The Seagate FireCuda 520 (opens in new tab) is Seagate’s latest and most powerful M.2 2280 SSD yet, giving gamers the ultimate edge. Unlike the PCIe Gen 3 FireCuda 510, the FireCuda 520 is compatible with cutting-edge PCIe Gen 4 motherboards; this means that on average, the FireCuda 520 is a whopping 45 percent faster than SSDs of the previous generation. This can clearly be seen with the FireCuda 520’s speeds of 5,000 MB/s read and 4,400 MB/s write, which blow the already awesome speeds of the FireCuda 510 out of the water. With this SSD, you’ll get all the same amazing benefits you would with the FireCuda 510, but with even faster, better results. It should also be noted that this SSD is fully compatible with AMD’s X570 chipset and its third-generation Ryzen desktop CPUs — both of which are widely considered to be some of the best pieces of hardware in the PC gaming space. Like the FireCuda 510, the FireCuda 520 comes with a five-year warranty and is available in sizes of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
The Seagate FireCuda Gaming Dock
The final product Seagate showed this weekend is the Seagate FireCuda Gaming Dock (opens in new tab), which is designed to connect to gaming laptops with Thunderbolt 3 and to be used as an all-in-one hub. Featuring 4TB of HDD storage, this dock has all the space a laptop gamer could possibly want for their games. On top of that, the dock also comes with an M.2 NVMe SSD slot that’s compatible with SSDs like the FireCuda 510, allowing you to take advantage of the unbeatable speed of SSD storage if you want to. Aside from the Thunderbolt 3 port used to connect to your laptop, this dock also comes with a myriad of ports for peripherals, including a Thunderbolt 3 accessory slot, DisplayPort 1.4, RJ45 ethernet, 3.5mm audio (one in, one out), four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, and a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 port designed to be used for charging something. As icing on the cake, the FireCuda Gaming Dock comes with Seagate’s Toolkit software as well as RGB lighting, allowing you to give your hub some stylish, customized flavor. Overall, the FireCuda Gaming Dock is a fantastic storage hub that any laptop gamer will love.