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    Phoronix: Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD Linux Performance

    For those that have been considering the Seagate FireCuda 520 as a PCI Express 4.0 NVMe solid-state drive, here are some benchmarks under Ubuntu Linux with this ZP500GM3A002 drive.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=29365

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    Read performance seems slow for Phison E16. Maybe a future firmware update will help?

    Oh, and are there any Phison E18-based SSD's out in the wild yet?

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    • #3
      Very pleased with my 510 although I don't have anything in the same league to compare it against. There was no point holding out for the 520 as my motherboard only has PCI Express 3.0.

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      • #4
        I still don't fully trust all that TLC and "higher" stuff. MLC is my chice, if I was rich it would even be SLC.
        I'm still surprised about the performance, there is no real ingredient by Seagate here, they just combine things, but it seems they had a good hand at this.
        Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!

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        • #5
          Been wanting to see some Linux benchmarks for these drives. Anyone with a Seagate SSD has tried their SeaTools? I see it works on Linux and that would be the biggest reason for me to consider their drives in my next upgrade run.

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          • #6
            I would be curious to know how similar SSDs perform on PCIe 3.0 vs 4.0. Is it worth going from an x470 board to x570?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by phoronix View Post
              Phoronix: Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD Linux Performance

              For those that have been considering the Seagate FireCuda 520 as a PCI Express 4.0 NVMe solid-state drive, here are some benchmarks under Ubuntu Linux with this ZP500GM3A002 drive.

              http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=29365
              I am sorry Michael Larabel we are getting more and more to the point that the fault that the XFS developer detailed in 2012 at LCA ( https://youtu.be/FegjLbCnoBw?t=1242 )with ext4 with excess IO and not well ordered IO will be messing with your results. Lot of your M.2 items are using multi bit per cell flash 3-4 per cell for long term storage and 1 or 2 bit per cell for fast writes. Yes excess IO not well ordered IO can completely flip your results because the SSD performance can be stalling as it attempt to move data from 1 or 2 bits to 3-4 bits per cell for long term storage that are only happening because the writes to drive were not well ordered.

              I know it means more testing having to run the tests with ext4 and xfs this would kind of give best and worse cases.

              In some ways we need a more general benchmark of raw device IO and raw device IO patterns than a file system and file systems bench-marked on their IO usage pattern.
              Last edited by oiaohm; 07-06-2020, 08:08 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Melcar View Post
                Been wanting to see some Linux benchmarks for these drives. Anyone with a Seagate SSD has tried their SeaTools? I see it works on Linux and that would be the biggest reason for me to consider their drives in my next upgrade run.
                Out of curiosity, I made a cursory test of their new SeaTools with linux support. They have a bootable USB drive thing with a standalone application, which I did not test, and they have a GUI and CLI tool collections for both win and linux. They claim to work on all SSD drives, with limited support of non-seagate stuff. I tried the GUI tool, and it worked to the extent that it detected my Force MP500 and showed some info on it. (Though its capacity reporting was way off; maybe it was just looking at the unused swap partition or something?) It had a menu that offered various further options, but unsuprisingly, the testing option claimed my non-seagate drive was unsupported. I saw some stuff about backups, and a firmware update option, which, if it works would be nice to have in a 'supported' fashion without rebooting to their standalone tool, or worse some dos-based thing. I was somewhat disappointed it did not detect my seagate spinning rust drives.

                All in all, nice to see a first class application like this on linux, but probably you could do all it does with existing software, like smartmontools, etc. Might be a convenience win for the firmware upgrade, or if they require it for an RMA.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HarlemSquirrel View Post
                  I would be curious to know how similar SSDs perform on PCIe 3.0 vs 4.0. Is it worth going from an x470 board to x570?
                  Well not now when we sill be getting new hardware in a few months.

                  Due to an old PC failure early this year I did build an X570 based machine at the beginning of the year. I went with a Samsung drive due to the lack of low thermals PCI-Express 4 drives at the time. Even then the performances is pretty shocking. Reboot times are so fast I hardly got upset over the teething pains for the newish 5500 GPU card.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by set135 View Post
                    I was somewhat disappointed it did not detect my seagate spinning rust drives.
                    It's a SSD-only utility

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