Seagate’s FireCuda 540 PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSDs Are Its Fastest Yet

Today, Seagate has officially released its newest line of FireCuda family SSDs. The FireCuda 540 PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSDs are claimed to be “50% faster than Gen4 M.2 NVMe drives and 17 times faster than SATA-based SSDs,” with data transfers of up to 10,000 MB/s possible thanks to a mix of advanced technologies. Seagate says the FireCuda 540 drives are available now, priced at $179.99 / £199.90 (1TB) and $299.99 / £329.90 (2TB).  

Seagate FireCuda 540 PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSDs target “pro-level gaming and accelerated content creation,” the storage firm claims. The performance on offer here stems from the use of the fast new PCIe Gen5 interface, a Seagate-validated E26 controller, and new 3D TLC NAND.

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FireCuda 530

FireCuda 540


PCIe Gen4

PCIe Gen5

Form factor

M.2 2280

M.2 2280

Max transfer

7,300 MB/s

10,000 MB/s


1,275 TBW, 1.8M MTBF

2,000 TWB, 1.8M MTBF

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We don’t have any further technical data for the Seagate FireCuda 540, as the product page / data sheets are yet to be published. There is also a discrepancy between the press release and Amazon product pages, with one saying the top capacity available is 2 TB, while the other says that this new generation of drives is available in up to 4 TB. We reckon the truth might be that only 1 and 2TB versions will be available initially, with 4 TB models arriving in their wake.

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