Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
750,000 IOPS and 3 GB/s. Wait, what?!?!
It's been too long since we took a look at enterprise SSDs here at PC Perspective, so it's high time we get back to it! The delay has stemmed from some low-level re-engineering of our test suite to unlock some really cool QoS and Latency Percentile possibilities involving PACED workloads. We've also done a lot of work to distill hundreds of hours of test results into fewer yet more meaningful charts. More on that as we get into the article. For now, let's focus on today's test subject:
Behold the Micron 9100 MAX Series. Inside that unassuming 2.5" U.2 enclosure sits 4TB of flash and over 4GB of DRAM. It's capable of 3 GB/s reads, 2 GB/s writes, and 750,000 IOPS. All from inside that little silver box! There's not a lot more to say here because nobody is going to read much past that 3/4 MILLION IOPS figure I just slipped, so I'll just get into the rest of the article now :).
The 9100's come in two flavors and form factors. The MAX series (1.2TB and 2.4TB in the above list) come with very high levels of performance and endurance, while the PRO series comes with lower overprovisioning, enabling higher capacity points for a given flash loadout (800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB). Those five different capacity / performance points are available in both PCIe (HHHL) and U.2 (2.5") form factors, making for 10 total available SKUs. All products are PCIe 3.0 x4, using NVMe as their protocol. They should all be bootable on systems capable of UEFI/NVMe BIOS enumeration.
Idle power consumption is a respectable 7W, while active consumption is selectable in 20W, 25W, and 'unlimited' increments. While >25W operation technically exceeds the PCIe specification for non-GPU devices, we know that the physical slot is capable of 75W for GPUs, so why can't SSDs have some more fun too! That said, even in unlimited mode, the 9100's should still stick relatively close to 25W and in our testing did not exceed 29W at any workload. Detailed power testing is coming to future enterprise articles, but for now, the extent will be what was measured and noted in this paragraph.
Our 9100 MAX samples came only in anti-static bags, so no fancy packaging to show here. Enterprise parts typically come in white/brown boxes with little flair.
Are you sure these are
Are you sure these are bootable? Thought I read somewhere Micron claimed “you are on your own” if you try and boot to the 9100’s…
There’s no reason they
There's no reason they shouldn't be really, but the system needs to support NVMe boot. Micron isn't on the hook to support it if it doesn't work, though.
pretty good performing drive.
pretty good performing drive. just to mention one thing however, p3700 was out few yrs ago.. so with this drive being out, we’d probably see intel doing some xpoint nand soon no?
DC really is an entirely
DC really is an entirely different universe from consumer. Price point comparison isn’t pertinent seeing as how DC customers typically have quotes dependant on Quantity of order and specifications needed, not to mention the hand tailoring for the customer Device to interface with the solution.
That’s a pretty impressive
That’s a pretty impressive bit of hardware. Can’t wait to see the 3D-NAND versions in the future, which should be even better.
At work we were paying $7/GB for enterprise SSDs just a few years ago, and they had about 10% of the performance of this one.
The last page
The last page reads:
“Conclusion, Pricing, RSTe, and Final Thoughts”
Were you going to write something about RSTe too?
Oops. It was late :). Fixed,
Oops. It was late :). Fixed, and thanks!
Allyn Malventano Cloning Device
Must reproduce all DNA sequences exactly.
Minimum quantity: 1,000 (initially)
for BETA testing. Larger volume orders
to follow after CERTIFICATION.
Actually, I’ll take 5!
Actually, I'll take 5!