This isn't our first go around with a consumer / prosumer SSD using SLC flash, and I truly hope it's not our last. These products are usually made in very limited numbers since SLC flash is expensive, and given the price, only hardcore users purchase them. The long-term payout is very good for those willing to invest in such a high quality product. In our experiment with SuperSSpeed and MyDigitalSSD for the TweakTown Chris Ramseyer Special Edition 120GB SLC SSD, we had zero returns and zero known failures. I expect the same will come true for the Fujitsu FSXtreme products as well since the same formula went into making these products.
Currently, the 240GB model costs roughly $230, so the same cost formula was used as well. The 240GB FSXtreme costs about double the price of a mainstream consumer 256GB class SSD right now, but the dollar amount has shrunk this time around. I'm thinking about purchasing more drives for a high performance, high capacity RAID array, even though I already own several high performance SSDs in groups for RAID. Some may read into that as an endorsement, but just to set the record straight, it is definitely an endorsement.
Users don't get a lot of bells and whistles with the FSXtreme products. For the money, you get a drive and a some paperwork. Given that most computer cases now have at least one 2.5" drive bay, a desktop adapter bracket plays less of a role now than it did a few years ago. Fujitsu does cover the FSXtreme with a five-year warranty, which is a nice addition if you need it.
A few reviews have come from Asia for the FSXtreme 120GB and 240GB drives; most of those utilized the basic four-corner tests. The sequential performance on this product isn't as high as some other products, mainly the Extreme PRO and 850 Pro, the other two drives competing in the ultra-high performance product category. Many buyers look at the sequential performance heavily and all, but ignore the random performance, especially the random read performance that is so important to the user experience. The FSXtreme 240GB is the leader in random read performance right now, and delivers over 12K IOPS in the category.
In our PCMark 8 advanced storage test, the FSXtreme 240GB was only outperformed by the SanDisk Extreme PRO that has enough SLC area from the flash translation layer to keep the performance very high under extended heavy workload sessions.
Given the performance, endurance, and relatively low price of the Fujitsu FSXtreme, I think this product should be popular with users seeking the ultimate performance and endurance under heavy workloads. I really like the idea of using this drive as a cache for NAS products, but it also doubles as an amazing SSD for all workloads, including some previously reserved for entry-level enterprise products.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||91%|
|Value for Money||96%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: Without a doubt, this is the most versatile SSD in this price range. SLC lasts 10x to 20x longer than MLC, and the latency is lower as well. The Fujitsu FSXtreme 240GB is the drive enthusiasts want as long as the extra cost doesn't get in the way.
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