Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub 16TB Review
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Now that Seagate is releasing Firecuda as a PC Gaming brand, they have released a slew of products to meet every consumer need; at the top, the 530 NVMe is one of the fastest SSDs on the market, while high-capacity hard drives are used in products like the Firecuda Gaming Dock and the current FireCuda Gaming Hub.
With two capacities at launch, the Gaming Hub aims to increase the overall capacity with 8 and 16 TB models, while offering USB 3.2 passthrough for additional devices. For this article, we’re focusing on the 16TB model, which with past experience should offer a modest 250MB/s read and write speed, although Seagate doesn’t officially provide a performance specification for this drive.
MSRP of the 16TB FireCuda Gaming Hub comes in at $399.99 with a one-year warranty.
At just over 8 inches long and just under 2 inches wide (when horizontal), the Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub is a fairly compact device for the amount of storage it offers. It also weighs 2.74 pounds for the 8TB model and 3 pounds for the 16TB model and can be placed either vertically or horizontally.
Although the design looks nice, it is features a plastic construction. It would have been nice if Seagate went out of their way to use a more premium material. Yet it is features a hefty groove that runs along the circumference of the hub and the sides have ventilation to dissipate heat. Under the hub is the usual sticker with all information about the drive.
The dual USB-C and USB-A ports are located on the front of the external drive, meaning you can easily access the peripherals you plug into it.
The FireCuda Gaming Hub uses a simple A/C adapter to power the device, while a USB micro-B port is used to connect to the host computer. It’s a bit of a shame that Seagate decided to go with an old-fashioned USB 3.0 connection (not USB-C), as performance will be limited and won’t produce much bandwidth for connected devices. It’s also not that neat and tidy to plug into a new notebook. Either way, all you need to do is plug it in and you’re good to go.
The RGB lights are located on the front of the Gaming Hub. They’re fully customizable, including pattern control, and Seagate says you can sync up all your FireCuda RGB products through the company’s free Toolkit software. It also supports Razer Chroma (an RGB lighting ecosystem for gaming devices), so those really into the RGB scene can further sync all their Chroma-compatible peripherals.
To measure the performance of the Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub, we tested it through Blackmagic software and IOMeter, both on a Lenovo P520.
We compared it to the following drives in IOmeter:
Seagate FireCuda Dock 235C with 4TB HDD
For Blackmagic we saw 177.4 MB/s read and 176.8 MB/s write.
-Seagate FireCuda 8TB Gaming Hub Blackmagic Performance
As for IOMeter, the FireCuda Gaming Hub recorded 175.62 MB/s read and 176.86 MB/s write in 2 MB sequential, while 2 MB random showed 124.22 MB/s read and 102.52 MB/s write . With 4K random, it could reach 124.2 IOPS read and 331.5 IOPS write.
While the Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub is fast for a spinning external hard drive, its 7,200rpm platters make it a slog compared to most external SSDs. No platter drive can really compete with a current SSD for copying and loading recent high-impact AAA games full of graphical content. It is also the bare minimum, feature-wise, as a hub, due to the limited number of connectors. A true hub can give you viewing capabilities and act as a connection/disconnection point for gaming, for example laptop. This design is more basic than that.
However, the FireCuda Gaming Hub’s immense capacity makes it ideal for game storage and backup.up if you are hoarding hundreds of games. Most gamers should be able to store their entire collection on the Gaming Hub, with plenty of room left over for movies, other media, and most other files they might want to store. (Just know that anything unique on the drive, like family photos, requires a second copy for safety; drives die.) And it fits into any gaming setup with its cool RGB lighting.
Available in two large capacities of 8TB and 16TB, the FireCuda Gaming Hub is an external storage device intended to offload a good amount of storage space from a PC, something that is often needed by gamers. While the market is already flooded with similar storage hubs, the customizable RGB LED lighting and front-facing USB ports for powering and charging peripherals add a bit of uniqueness to Seagate’s Gaming Hub. The former allows the device to add a bit of atmosphere to your gaming setup and certainly integrates easily into existing RGB ecosystems thanks to its support for Razer Chroma.
Since it uses a spinning hard drive, you probably don’t want to install demanding and graphics-intensive games or applications like Call of Duty: Warzone, Cyberpunk 2077 or Adobe Creative Suite on the Hub, as you will undoubtedly experience much longer loading times and possible delays during playing and using it. This was made clear in our benchmarking section, where it registered 177.4 MB/s reading and 176.8 MB/s writing in our BlackMagic test, and 175.62 MB/s reading and 176.86 MB/s writing in 2 MB sequential and 124.22 MB/s read and 102.52 MB/s write in 2 MB random in IOmeter. Using an old-fashioned USB 3.0 connection doesn’t help either.
While we don’t recommend this device for the hardcore gaming demographic as a landing place for games themselves, it’s a perfect platform for backups, movies, photos, and other bulk storage items. The FireCuda Gaming Hub could also appeal to anyone who wants an external storage drive with a bit of RGB flare or needs a few extra, easily accessible charging ports. Plus, while it certainly works as a viable non-Cloud backup solution, there are other less expensive and better performing options out there minus the RGB lighting.
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