Review: Micron 5100 MAX
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Micron
Firmware version: DOMU012
Welcome to Myce’s review of the Micron 5100 MAX SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD. This is the first of two reviews featuring Micron’s 5100 range – the next will be for the Micron 5100 ECO 1920GB model.
All models in the 5100 range feature Micron’s 24 layer, eTLC 3D NAND.
Micron considers the 5100 MAX’s closest competitors to be the Intel SSD DC S3610, the Samsung SM863, the Sandisk Cloudspeed Ultra Gen II, and the Toshiba HK4E. We have previously reviewed the Samsung SM863 and the Toshiba HK4E and we considered them both to be exceptional products, so tough competition indeed. Please read on to see how the Micron 5100 MAX stands up.
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). We will seek to test the difference in effectiveness between making a firmware level additional OP and an OS level additional OP in our upcoming review of the Micron 5100 ECO 1920GB.
The subject of this review is the Micron 5100 MAX 960GB, which has a raw NAND capacity of 1536GB (and thus an unusually high standard OP level of 576GB). Micron asserts that its use of 3D TLC NAND, where many of its competitors use MLC NAND, gives it a cost advantage that allows for increased levels of OP while maintaining a competitive price. Does Micron have a winning formula? It’s going to be interesting to find out.
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 MAX –
Here is a picture of the Micron 5100 MAX that I tested -
Now let's head to the next page, to look at Myce’s Enterprise Testing Methodology.....