Introducing The Micron 9100 MAX NVMe SSD
Although news of the drives has been circulating for a couple of months now, it was just recently that we got our hands on one for some in-house testing. We’ve been experimenting with a Micron 9100 MAX 2.4TB HHHL NVMe drive for a couple of weeks and will detail its performance on the pages ahead. This particular drive is one of the higher-performing models in Micron’s line-up, and as you’ll see a little later, it is quite the speedster, especially in terms of write performance.
First up, we’ve got some specifications and additional information on Micron’s 9100 series SSD line-up, and then we’ll dig a little deeper into the 2.4TB 9100 MAX...
|Capacity||800GB, 1.2TB, 1.6TB, 2.4TB, 3.2TB|
|Interface||PCIe Gen 3 NVMe|
|Seq. Read / Write Performance||
800GB: 2.1GB/s / 650MB/s
1.2TB: 2.8GB/s / 1.3GB/s
1.6TB: 2.8GB/s / 1.3GB/s
2.4TB: 3.0GB/s / 2.0GB/s
3.2TB: 3.0GB/s / 2.0GB/s
|Random Read / Write Performance||800GB: 540,000 / 55,000 IOPS
1.2TB: 700,000 / 180,000 IOPS
1.6TB: 700,000 / 100,000 IOPS
2.4TB: 750,000 / 300,000 IOPS
3.2TB: 750,000 / 160,000 IOPS
|Read / Write Latency||120us / 30us|
|Active Power Consumption||800GB: 7-16W (TYP)
1.6TB, 1.2TB: 7-21W (TYP)
2.4TB, 3.2TB: 7-27W (TYP)
Unlimited, 25W and 20W limiting available
|Idle Power Consumption||7W|
|Operating Temp||0'C to 85'C|
|Dimensions||100.5 x 69.85 x 15mm||167.65 x 18.74 x 68.89mm|
|Power Loss Protection||Yes|
|Extended Features||eXtended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology (XPERT) suite of performance and data protection algorithms|
Micron’s 9100 series solid state drives will be available in U.2 and half-height / half-length, add-in card form factors. As we’ve mentioned, capacities range from 800GB on up to 3.2TB for the entire family and all drives feature 16nm MLC NAND flash memory. The performance characteristics of the drives vary based on capacity, due to the different number of NAND packages and channels utilized, and the amount of DRAM cache employed. The fastest of the bunch is the 2.4TB 9100 MAX drive, which tops out at over 3GB/s with up to 750,000 (read) / 300,000 (write) IOPS.
The 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB drives are the 9100 PRO models, which are designed for read heavy workloads. The 1.2TB and 2.4TB drives are tuned for mixed-use cases. Like performance, endurance also varies based on capacity. The 800GB drive is rated for up to 2.4PB (total bytes written), the 1.2TB and 1.6TB drives up to 4.8PB, and the 2.4TB and 3.2TB up to 9.6PB. All of the drives feature power-loss protection and Micron’s XPERT data path protection technologies, as well as TRIM and idle garbage collection as you’d expect.
The Micron 9100 series solid state drives also come with 3-year warranties and are supported by Micron’s Storage Executive Software, which can be used to update the drives, monitor health status, and perform a number of maintenance operations.