Over the past few years, Fujitsu's line of 10,000 RPM drives has been quietly (both figuratively and literally!) delivering excellent performance that contends for a performance crown. Though better contacts with Seagate and Quantum/Maxtor have kept SR's spotlight elsewhere, one shouldn't ignore Fujitsu's line. Let's take a look at their latest, the MAN3367.
Like the Seagate Cheetah 73LP and Maxtor Atlas 10k III, the Fujitsu MAN3367 packs 18 gigabytes of data onto a single platter. A flagship four-platter design yields a 73 GB capacity. The MAN's specified seek time is ambitious- at 4.5 milliseconds it ties the Atlas 10k III as the lowest claimed for a 10k RPM drive. And, like the Atlas, the MAN goes beyond the Cheetah 73LP with a roomy, 8-meg buffer.
The evaluation unit reviewed in this article features an Ultra160 SCSI interface. Fujitsu plans to ship both Ultra160 and, when the infrastructure is in place, Ultra320 SCSI drives. The performance differences gained by the Ultra320 version should be negligible in all cases excepting only huge multi-drive arrays servicing applications that require high transfer rates. A single MAN won't come close to saturating an Ultra160 channel.
Fujitsu rests on the brink of entering the ultra-high-end stakes with the introduction of its 15k RPM MAM series. Until then, however, the MAN represents the manufacturer's state of the art. The MAN targets the highest level of requirements, servicing high-end workstations, transaction servers, AV editing, etc. A representative enterprise-class 5-year warranty backs the drive.