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Acer FA100 1TB SSD Review

The FA100 drive comes in a compact box with an image of the drive on the front below which is a sticker carrying the drive’s capacity. To the right of the sticker are four icons representing high performance, the fact that the drive comes with a 5-year warranty, that it’s power-saving and it comes with free cloning software (by downloading Acronis True Image OEM from the Acer website). The rear of the box has a small list of the drive specifications.

The 1TB Acer FA100 is a single-sided design with all the components built on one side of the M.2 2280 PCB. To help dissipate the heat generated by the drive, the label on the back of the drive has a layer of copper under it.

Under the product label on the front of the drive sit four 256GB BIWIN branded NAND packages and the Innogrit Shasta+ controller. The Innogrit Shasta+ (IG5216BBA) is a DRAMless design built on a 28nm process supporting up to 2TB of SLC, MLC, TLC and QLC NAND with ONFI 4.1 and Toggle 4.0 using four NAND channels. As it’s a DRAMless design it makes use of Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology for mapping tables.

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