Fujitsu Asia Pacific Ltd is a subsidiary of Fujitsu, and a company large enough to need no introduction. This subsidiary of Fujitsu has made a lot of noise in Asian computer DIY markets with a trio of SATA III, and a unique PCIe SSD for the consumer market.
Today we're testing the value product of the Fujitsu consumer SSD family, the F100. We brought this drive back with us from Computex. It was actually the first 512GB capacity size SSD we acquired with a Silicon Motion controller, and we have run extensive tests on it. Like other SSDs with Silicon Motion controllers, the F100 firmware comes from SMI, while the NAND flash, PCB, and design come from the drive manufacturer.
At this time, very few Fujitsu consumer SSDs are sold in the U.S., but Newegg has started carrying a few of the SandForce based drives. Sadly, the SandForce based FSX model, the one model with up to 256GB of Intel Single-Level Cell NAND flash, is still not on U.S. shores. The Fujitsu PCIe All-in-One RAID product with a Marvell RAID controller and four mSATA SSDs is also not on U.S. shores at this time either. Both products are available throughout Asia, and have a strong presence in Taiwan.
Specifications, Pricing, and Availability
The F100 ships in three capacities, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. At the heart of the SSD is a Silicon Motion SM2246EN four-channel flash controller paired with Intel MLC NAND flash.
Fujitsu lists read sequential performance at 550MB/s across all capacities. The sequential write performance differs across capacities. Sequential write for the 512GB model we're testing today is 420 MB/s; the 256GB's sequential write is 280 MB/s, and the 128GB's is 150 MB/s.
The regular assortment of SMI goodies is also provided, including TRIM, SMART, DEVSLP, and 66-bit every 1KB BCH error correction.
The F100 is sparse on accessories. We found a retail drive online in Taiwan, and learned this series ships as a drive only model with a warranty statement. The warranty is three-years in Taiwan, where we found the F100 512GB on sale for $7299 NTD ($239 USD). The price is in line with other value / mainstream SSDs sold in Taiwan in the same capacity, like the Crucial MX100 and OCZ ARC 100.
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