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Acer is a world-leading manufacturer of computer hardware. The company was founded in 1976, in Taiwan. They are mostly famous for their laptops, desktop PCs, and monitors. They have now branched into the field of solid-state storage with OEM partner BIWIN Storage, who are also helping HP produce their SSDs.

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The FA100 is part of the Acer SSD lineup, which was announced last week. Designed as a cost-effective, entry-level M.2 NVMe SSD, the FA100 offers performance greater than traditional SATA drives and is much faster than any mechanical HDD too, of course. Acer has built the FA100 using the Innogrit IG5216 controller paired with 3D TLC NAND flash. A DRAM cache chip is not included, probably to save on cost.

The Acer FA100 is available in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. Endurance for these models is set at 70 TBW, 150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, and 1200 TBW respectively. None of the price points but for the $125 1 TB FA100 in this review are known. Acer includes a five-year warranty with the FA100.

Specifications: Acer FA 100 1 TB
Brand: Acer
Model: FA100-1TB
Capacity: 1024 GB (953 GB usable)
No additional overprovisioning
Controller: Innogrit IG5216
Flash: 3D TLC
DRAM: N/A, but HMB 64 MB
Endurance: 600 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.4
Device ID: Acer SSD FA100 1TB
Firmware: 1.Z.J.2X
Warranty: 5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$125 / 12 cents per GB

Introduction

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Acer is a world-leading manufacturer of computer hardware. The company was founded in 1976, in Taiwan. They are mostly famous for their laptops, desktop PCs, and monitors. They have now branched into the field of solid-state storage with OEM partner BIWIN Storage, who are also helping HP produce their SSDs.

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The FA100 is part of the Acer SSD lineup, which was announced last week. Designed as a cost-effective, entry-level M.2 NVMe SSD, the FA100 offers performance greater than traditional SATA drives and is much faster than any mechanical HDD too, of course. Acer has built the FA100 using the Innogrit IG5216 controller paired with 3D TLC NAND flash. A DRAM cache chip is not included, probably to save on cost.

The Acer FA100 is available in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. Endurance for these models is set at 70 TBW, 150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, and 1200 TBW respectively. None of the price points but for the $125 1 TB FA100 in this review are known. Acer includes a five-year warranty with the FA100.

Specifications: Acer FA 100 1 TB
Brand: Acer
Model: FA100-1TB
Capacity: 1024 GB (953 GB usable)
No additional overprovisioning
Controller: Innogrit IG5216
Flash: 3D TLC
DRAM: N/A, but HMB 64 MB
Endurance: 600 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.4
Device ID: Acer SSD FA100 1TB
Firmware: 1.Z.J.2X
Warranty: 5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$125 / 12 cents per GB

Packaging

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The Drive

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The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which makes it 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.

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Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Acer FA100 connects to the host system over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface.

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On the PCB, you’ll find the controller and four flash chips.

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On the back of the SSD, Acer has put a sticker with copper foil inside. While it’s not a proper heatsink, it probably helps spread the heat over a larger surface area.

Chip Component Analysis

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We’ve seen the Innogrit IG5216 controller before, on the Lexar NM620. It has four flash channels and supports the NVMe 1.4 specification.

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The four 3D TLC flash chips are rebranded by BIWIN; my best guess is they are Micron 64-layer 3D TLC.

Test Setup

Test System SSD 2021
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X @ 4.3 GHz
Zen 2, 16 MB Cache
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-Pro
BIOS 2606 / AGESA 1.0.8.0
Memory: Zadak Spark RGB, 16 GB DDR4
@ 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO 6 GB
Case: DarkFlash DLX22
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)
Drivers: AMD Chipset: 2.07.14.327
NVIDIA: 452.06 WHQL

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TechPowerUp SSD Review Test Group

Price Controller Channels Flash DRAM Interface
ADATA Falcon 1 TB $105 Realtek RTS5762DL 4 TLC / Micron No PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX6000 Pro 1 TB $105 Realtek RTS5763DL 4 TLC / Micron No PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB $105 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA Swordfish 1 TB $95 Realtek RTS5763DL 4 TLC / SanDisk No PCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair MP600 Pro 1 TB $225 Phison E18 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Corsair MP400 2 TB $230 Phison E12S 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Crucial BX500 480 GB $55 Silicon Motion SM2258XT 4 TLC / Micron No SATA
Crucial MX500 500 GB $55 Silicon Motion SM2258H 4 TLC / Micron Yes SATA
Crucial P1 1 TB $105 Silicon Motion SM2263ENG 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Crucial P5 1 TB $130 Micron DM01B2 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 2 TB $370 Phison E16 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB $110 Silicon Motion SM2263EN 4 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
HP EX950 2 TB $225 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston A2000 1 TB $115 Silicon Motion SM2263ENG 4 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston KC2000 1 TB $155 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Lexar NM620 1 TB $160 Innogrit IG5216 4 TLC / Micron No PCIe 3.0 x4
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB $110 Phison E12S 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB $110 Samsung MJX 8 TLC / Samsung Yes SATA
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB $105 Samsung MKX 8 QLC / Samsung Yes SATA
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB $65 Samsung Phoenix 8 TLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB $160 Samsung Phoenix 8 MLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB $215 Samsung Elpis 8 TLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Seagate Barracuda 120 1 TB $110 Phison S12 8 TLC / Intel Yes SATA
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB $180 Phison E12 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Team Group MP34 512 GB $66 Phison E12 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
WD Black 2018 500 GB $63 SanDisk 20-82-007011 8 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 3.0 x2
WD Black SN850 1 TB $230 SanDisk 20-82-10035 8 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
WD Blue NVMe 500 GB $50 SanDisk 20-82-007010 4 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 3.0 x2
XPG Gammix S70 2 TB $400 Innogrit IG5236 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4

 

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