The Seagate BarraCuda 510 512GB NVMe SSD is actually the sister drive to the beefier FireCuda set of drives, but the performance keeps up just the same. The Seagate BarraCuda 510 512GB NVMe drive is a great upgrade to any system, especially slow-moving notebooks, and it is great to see Seagate stepping into the NVMe game, and being a heavy-hitter, at that.
The BarraCuda 510 512GB NVMe's are not flashy by no means, but they hit where it matters; the performance.
As with the FireCuda, the Barracuda 510 512GB NVMe SSD is made using Phison's E12 NVMe SSD controller, offering the same 64-layer TLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe x4 NVMe drive construction. The result is a drive that offers 3,400/2,100MB/s sequential read/write speed, which is slightly slower than the FireCuda in terms of write speed.
As you can see, by no stretch of the imagination, was the Seagate BarraCuda 510 512GB NVMe SSD slow, taking no more than a minute to load any game, aside from GTA V. These speeds will never be reached by a standard 2.5" SSD SATA drive, despite being marginally slower than the FireCuda series.
Overall, the BarraCuda ticks the boxes for all-round checklists. The speeds offered will enhance daily tasks and work performance, and as you can see, offers excellent loading times for games. The biggest benefactors of this drive will be those looking to boost the performance of their notebooks, but I still think it is a worthy investment into your desktop rig as well. Combining the performance with the 5-year warranty and elongated durability, we give the BarraCuda our Editor's Consumer Choice.
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18 June 2019
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