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Acer FA100 M.2 NVMe SSD Benchmarked

New Acer storage solution. Acer and BIWIN will make available several memory and SSD products to audiences in the United States and China. The first will be the FA100 M.2 PCIe 3 x4 2280 NVMe SSD that promises to be six times faster than the standard SATA SSD.
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Through a partnership with BIWIN, Acer has now made available several new flash products including the 2.5-inch SA100 SSD, M.2 FA100 NVMe SSD, and HT100 RAM module. Our benchmarks below are for the single-sided 1 TB FA100 NVMe SSD with other capacities available ranging from 128 GB up to 2 TB.

Prices and availability of the SA100, FA100, and HT100 series have yet to be announced at the time of writing. Other key details like the NAND Flash technology and Terabytes Written (TBW) remain unknown as well. More information on various Acer storage products can be found on its official website here.

Acer FA100 1 TBHP EX900 Pro 1 TBSK Hynix Gold P31 1 TBSamsung PM981 1 TB
NAND Flash----128-layer 4D NAND64-layer V-NAND
Controller--SM2263EN SK Hynix Cepheus Phoenix
Sequential Read3300 MB/s2100 MB/s3500 MB/s3200 MB/s
Sequential Write2700 MB/s1950 MB/s3200 MB/s2400 MB/s
Warranty5 years5 years5 years--
TBW--650750--
Price (USD)TBA$150$135$260


Acer FA100 1 TB
Storage
Acer SSD FA100 1TB, 1024 GB 
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
04/2021
Acer FA100 1 TB
,
x
09/2020
Eluktronics RP-17 HP EX900 Pro SSD
,
x
09/2020
Eluktronics SK Hynix Gold P31
,
x
87.5 %
05/2021
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg16.99 mm15.60"1920x1080
06/2019
Intel NUC8i7BEH Asura NVMe SSD
i7-8559U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
683 g51 mmx

Test System

Our host system is the Intel NUC11TNKi5 mini PC which can accept up to two M.2 SSDs. Most notably, it fully supports PCIe 4.0 SSDs meaning we've installed our Acer FA100 PCIe 3.0 drive onto a slot with wider bandwidth than it can handle. 

See our review on the Intel NUC for more information on the system and its features.

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AS SSD & CrystalDiskMark

CrystalDiskMark 8
CrystalDiskMark 8
CrystalDiskMark 5.5
CrystalDiskMark 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Acer FA100 1 TB
Acer SSD FA100 1TB
Eluktronics RP-17 HP EX900 Pro SSD
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB
Eluktronics SK Hynix Gold P31
SK Hynix Gold P31 1TB SHGP31-1000GM-2
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Intel NUC8i7BEH Asura NVMe SSD
Asura Genesis Xtreme NVMe M.2 SSD 1 TB
AS SSD
3%
53%
16%
17%
Seq Read
2784.38
1485.95
-47%
2211.46
-21%
2111.97
-24%
2288.13
-18%
Seq Write
2340.48
1767.65
-24%
2953.33
26%
2024.1
-14%
1908.19
-18%
4K Read
43.05
63.26
47%
66.73
55%
46.53
8%
51.94
21%
4K Write
82.26
175.09
113%
178.22
117%
89.68
9%
173.28
111%
4K-64 Read
1325.21
1094.63
-17%
1991.25
50%
1746.75
32%
1221.61
-8%
4K-64 Write
1119.12
987.73
-12%
2878.3
157%
1962.08
75%
1828.9
63%
Access Time Read *
0.054
0.026
52%
0.02
63%
0.052
4%
0.031
43%
Access Time Write *
0.326
0.088
73%
0.064
80%
0.04
88%
0.083
75%
Score Read
1647
1306
-21%
2279
38%
2004
22%
1502
-9%
Score Write
1435
1340
-7%
3352
134%
2254
57%
2193
53%
Score Total
3905
3345
-14%
6841
75%
5280
35%
4454
14%
Copy ISO MB/s
2306.2
1791.77
-22%
1787.29
-23%
2127.78
-8%
1541.93
-33%
Copy Program MB/s
1218.37
607.43
-50%
1198.64
-2%
706.65
-42%
747.29
-39%
Copy Game MB/s
1868.7
1290.1
-31%
1724.99
-8%
1470.73
-21%
1577.15
-16%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-22%
3%
-19%
1%
Write 4K
250
126.1
-50%
209.9
-16%
138
-45%
272.4
9%
Read 4K
64.58
58.31
-10%
60.51
-6%
47.41
-27%
57.13
-12%
Write Seq
2481
1978
-20%
3072
24%
1922
-23%
2019
-19%
Read Seq
1862
1941
4%
2716
46%
1673
-10%
1701
-9%
Write 4K Q32T1
629.7
470.1
-25%
453.3
-28%
445.5
-29%
844.1
34%
Read 4K Q32T1
748
556.7
-26%
522.5
-30%
534.3
-29%
884.2
18%
Write Seq Q32T1
2641
2117
-20%
3405
29%
2976
13%
2110
-20%
Read Seq Q32T1
3216
2253
-30%
3461
8%
3232
0%
3463
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -6%
28% / 35%
-2% / 3%
9% / 11%

* ... smaller is better

Acer SSD FA100 1TB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3216 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2641 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 748 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 629.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1862 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2481 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 64.58 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 250 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø3199 (2893.11-3212.28)

ATTO

Acer FA100 1 TB
Acer FA100 1 TB
SK Hynix P31 Gold 1 TB
SK Hynix P31 Gold 1 TB
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB
Western Digital SN550 1 TB
Western Digital SN550 1 TB

Data Compression

Acer FA100 1 TB
Acer FA100 1 TB
SK Hynix P31 Gold 1 TB
SK Hynix P31 Gold 1 TB
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB
Western Digital SN550 1 TB
Western Digital SN550 1 TB

Verdict

In review: Acer FA100 1 TB NVMe SSD. Test unit provided by BIWIN
In review: Acer FA100 1 TB NVMe SSD. Test unit provided by BIWIN

The new NVMe SSD from Acer faces stiff competition from the SK Hynix P31. Not only can the latter offer faster maximum read and write rates, but it is also able to reach those speeds at smaller block sizes to make it the faster budget SSD overall.

Currently, the 1 TB SK Hynix P31 retails for $135 USD on Amazon. Acer will have to launch its competing FA100 for much less if it hopes to attract a sizable userbase.

Price and availability

The 1 TB Acer FA100 is currently available for pre-order for $125 USD on Newegg.

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