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Pros: Fast read speeds, getting a few MB away from 5,000MB/sec reads in Crystal Disk Mark.
Cons: Not sure of any cons yet, except the model I got was only 500GB.
Overall Review: I would recommend this to others in a heartbeat. Speeds are incredible. The drive is no longer the bottleneck it's waiting for the CPU to process what it reads. It's installed in an ASUS TUF 570 PLUS motherboard with a Ryzen 3950X. Very happy with my purchase of this. PCIE 4.0 speeds are as advertised. Very Very close to 5,000MB/sec. Talking like 4,995MB/SEC. Love it. Get one, you'll be happy. I really hope it lasts well now. I've only had it running for a week. Don't expect any problems but I will update the review if there are any.
Pros: I've owned the Seagate FireCuda 520 2TB for about a month now. Absolutely amazing SSD.
* Absolutely blazing fast
* No massive heatsink to have to remove to fit it under the graphics card
Cons: * Nothing as of yet. Has run flawlessly.
Overall Review: Would definitely recommend this to other people. Seagate for the longest time hadn't really tried to compete in the SSD market, but with their FireCuda series, they have really hit a home run. Admittedly it is with the same E-16 Phison controller that everyone else is using, but I believe they did it right. If you want a good M2.2280 SSD on PCIe 4.0, I believe this is the one to buy right now. If you can wait for drives on the new E-18 Phison controller, it will bring significantly higher IOPS and sequential speeds.
Pros: Crystal Diskmark is able to pull out its peak speed, so the drive functions as advertised. Only really gets hot when operating at its sustained peak speed, but most applications such as games don't sustain a peak read/write speed so it won't become an issue.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Don't expect every program to get the peak speed all the time. "Real" performance varies from app to app.
Pros: works great. nice packaging and easy install in msi gaming plus x570 motherboard. i wasn't sure if i was supposed to leave the sticker on or not before installing the heat spreader included with my motherboard. it came off easily.
Overall Review: it's been 10+ years since i build a computer before this one, so i'm afraid i don't have a lot to compare it to. it seems stinky fast and was easy to install, so i'm happy.
Cons: setup with BIOS wasn't intuitive. Not a con for this but something to be aware of depending on your MB
Overall Review: 15 seconds from BIOS to Windows loaded! Exceeded my expectations. Windows had gotten to the point where I dreaded restarting my computer. It would take about 3-5 minutes to load all of the windows stuff AFTER I logged into windows. I have a Ryzen 9 3900 with 32MB RAM so it wasn't the rig it was the HD. Installed the SD, got it visible in BIOS, reinstalled Windows. Now my windows load time is 3 seconds. When I sign in, it's 3 seconds until everything is loaded and I can use the system without delay or lag.
Pros: I'm an old school pc builder. But this is just crazy fast. My PC boots from power off to windows desktop in just under 10 seconds.
I'm going to buy 2 more but these are going to be 1TB or 2Tb.
Overall Review: I have always liked Seagate but this is crazy fast.
Pros: Runs like a swiss car, smooth like butter but it's still crunchy
Cons: Does not advise on money markets
Overall Review: I would recommend for sneaky good times and will not leave a rash
Overall Review: A+±+