Review: Micron 5100 ECO
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Micron
Firmware version: DOMU012
Welcome to Myce’s review of the Micron 5100 ECO SATA 1920GB Enterprise SSD. This is the second of two reviews featuring Micron’s 5100 range and the first was for the Micron 5100 MAX 960GB model, which you can see by clicking here. We found the Micron 5100 MAX to be an outstanding drive, please read on to see what we make of its ECO sibling.
All models in the 5100 range feature Micron’s 24 layer, eTLC 3D NAND.
Micron considers the 5100 ECO’s closest competitors to be the Intel SSD DC S3510, the Samsung PM863, the Sandisk Cloudspeed ECO, and the Toshiba HK4R, which places the Micron 5100 ECO into one of the most competitive storage market segments. We have previously reviewed the Samsung PM863, which we considered to be an exceptional product, so tough competition indeed.
Market Positioning and Specification
Micron announced the Micron 5100 Series of SATA Enterprise SSDs in December 2016. The 5100 Series is available in three workload focused configurations:
Micron 5100 ECO (Endurance class - <1 DWPD)
Read intensive applications (e.g. content sharing, video and media streaming)
Micron 5100 PRO (Endurance class – 1-3 DWPD)
Mixed, latency sensitive workloads (e.g. Databases, e-commerce, trading transactions, etc.)
Micron 5100 MAX (Endurance class – 5 DWPD)
Write intensive applications (e.g. logging)
Micron seeks to differentiate the 5100 Series through the introduction of its Micron FlexPro Architecture. The FlexPro Architecture enables customers to change the usable capacity of a drive, and thereby the level of Over Provision (the amount of NAND set aside to support the drive’s controller in its maintenance of performance and endurance) at the firmware level.
Customers are readily able to make an additional OP at the OS level (by restricting the amount of data that is written to a drive, through for example allocating partitions that do not occupy all of the drive’s user capacity). As part of this review we test the difference in effectiveness between making a firmware level additional OP and an OS level additional OP.
The subject of this review is the Micron 5100 ECO 1920GB, which has a raw NAND capacity of 2112GB (and thus a default OP level of 192GB). In this review we will increase the OP level to see if the ECO can perform as well as a Micron 5100 MAX 920GB.
This is how Micron positions the best use cases for the Micron 5100 Series –
Here is Micron’s specification for the performance of the Micron 5100 ECO –
Here is a picture of the Micron 5100 ECO I tested -
Now let's head to the next page, to look at Myce’s Enterprise Testing Methodology.....