REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER COMPARISON
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison of the world’s top M.2 NVMe SSDs, we have included nine of the top Gen 3 SSDs tested to date, along with the Seagate Gen 4 FireCuda 520. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
If you have been comparing at all, the Seagate FireCuda 520 has been sitting side by side with the Corsair MP600 Gen 4×4 SSD, and so it should as both have the same Phison E16 controller running things. Top two…
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As of the date of this report, there are two PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe SSD on the streets and both are virtually identical in their build. They are the Seagate FireCuda 520 and the Corsair MP600, and although there are minor deviations such as the custom firmware in the FireCuda and the heatsink included with the MP600, performance in both is virtually identical. Both establish a new performance plateau at over 5GB/s data transfer speeds, over 700,000 IOPS, and both have five year limited warranties. Both of these are the fastest SSDs available today.
Pricing differentiates the two and, where the 500GB version separates each brand by only $5, the price of the 1TB and 2TB versions differs by $50 and $60 at Amazon, consecutively, and to the detriment of Seagate. Some might mention that its the benefit of being a much larger company with a massive reputation, as Seagate is, and when looking at the user reviews on Amazon for the fireCuda 520, we can’t disagree. In a very short time, they have sold a very healthy number of these SSDs and received some very good reviews in return. Considering the fact that just about every one of these purchases meant building a new PC system to get the performance of PCIe Gen 4×4, that says alot for Seagate, as the MP600 says alot for Corsair.
As a bit of a personal note, we absolutely love seeing data transfer speeds continue to go through the roof. Yes…we are speed freaks of a different cut. Storage.