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Fujitsu Quadro-M Series PCIe SSD Preview (Page 2)

By Chris Ramseyer from Nov 7, 2014 @ 8:07 CST

Fujitsu Quadro-M 480GB PCIe SSD

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We don't have the retail packaging for the Fujitsu Quadro-M 480GB sample, but this is a preview article, so we're just focusing on what we have in hand. We brought the Quadro-M back with us from Computex, and we spent several hours with it. In its early form, we had issues getting the drive to work on some motherboards; this issue is common in the early stages of product development, and everything will be sorted before the drive hits the retail market.

Here we see the front aluminum cover that protects the components under the lid. The PCIe connector is four-lane, so the Quadro-M will fit in a wide range of PCIe slots from four-lane to 16-lane.

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The back of the drive has an opening for air to pass through, keeping the four mSATA SSDs inside cool.

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Air can also pass through the card....

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...and escape through the backplane. This design helps to keep the Quadro-M cool, and even allows your nearby PCIe devices to run cooler, as more air will pass through the PCIe area.

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With the cover off, the four mSATA SSDs are exposed. Fujitsu uses Intel flash on all of the company's products. This has to do with Intel's reputation for flash quality.

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The drives come from Intel's 525 Series. In our sample, we had four 120GB Intel 525 Series mSATA SSDs.

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The Marvell 88SE9230 chip has a heat sink over it to aid in cooling. We've seen these on motherboards without heat sinks before, and we have not had an issue with high heat output under load.

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The 525 Series uses SandForce SF-2281 controllers.

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As mentioned, the flash is from Intel. These are 20nm ONFi die in Intel packages.

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The mSATA drives slide into mSATA adapter slots, and the SSD snaps into place.

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