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Fujitsu MPG3204AH-E
  August 30, 2001 Author: Eugene Ra  

Fujitsu MPG-AH-E Available Capacities *
Model Number
Capacity
MPG3204AH-E
20 GB
MPG3307AH-E
31 GB
MPG3409AH-E
41 GB
* The benchmark scores presented in this review represent expected performance across the entire line.
Estimated Flagship Price: $140 (41 GB)
Evaluation unit provided by Fujitsu America, Inc.


Introduction

In the past, SR has been slow to review Fujitsu's drives. Indeed, Fujitsu disks were almost always the last of any given generation to receive a review. This arises, unfortunately, from our lack of contact with the Japanese conglomerate's American division. Fujitsu's latest 7200 RPM ATA drive, a drive that's been available for some time, is no exception. As it turns out, Fujitsu is withdrawing from the ultra-competitive ATA drive arena as a whole. In a sense, this review is a wistful tribute to the last unit shipped by a major player.

The MPG-AH has been especially interesting since its 5400 RPM brother, the MPG-AT, brought signs of life to an ATA drive line that hasn't exactly been stellar in our benchmark suites. Along with its 7200 RPM spindle speed, the AH brings a faster specified seek time of 8.5 milliseconds as well as a uniform 2-megabyte buffer (smaller AT's only had 512k) to the table. Each platter stores 20 GB of data yielding a 2-platter flagship around 40 gigs. The model tested in this review features the manufacturer's "Fluid Dynamic Bearings" rather than conventional ball bearings, a feature that should theoretically reduce drive noise while improving reliability.

Fujitsu's drive targets market segment that seek high performance without heading down the SCSI path. High-end home and office machines as well as entry-level servers represent the AH's sector. A 3-year warranty protects the drive.

The MPG-AH ships exclusively with an ATA-100 interface. Remember, since ATA drives have yet to break sequential transfer rates greater than even 45 MB/sec that ATA-66 (and in many cases, even ATA-33) interfaces will run a drive with optimal performance. Our testbed remains equipped with a Promise Ultra66 controller.

Let's see how Fujitsu's final stands up.

 Low-Level Measurements...


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