At the 2020 International Consumer Electronics Show, Seagate launched FireCuda Gaming SSD Game SSDs to further expand its external storage solutions for gamers. The new product has a USB 3.1 Gen 2×2 bridging chip and FireCuda NVMe 510 SSD built in to enable external SSD speeds to reach 2000 MBps. The form factor is similar to the design of Seagate’s previous FireCuda gaming docks, and also offers controllable RGB lighting options.
The FireCuda Gaming SSD will go on sale in March for 500GB ($190), 1TB ($260) and 2TB ($500) respectively. The product will compete with The Western Data WD_BLACK P50, which retails for $180, $250 and $500, respectively, for the same capacity point. It is important to note that the USB 3.1 Gen 2×2 port is not yet widely available, so Seagate will not lose much from delaying its entry into this segment.
Seagate also released BarraCuda Fast SSD, a successor to Seagate Fast SSD in late 2018. Although not explicitly mentioned, we believe that the new BarraCuda Fast SSD uses the updated 96L 3D NAND and retains the same SATA SSD controller and USB 3.1 Gen 2 bridging chip. Rated speeds up to 540MBps, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity points cost $95, $170 and $300, respectively.