Micron’s M600 is their newest SSD however
this drive is aimed to OEMs and not consumers. That doesn’t take a away the
fact that it comes with some very interesting new technology that I hope will
find its way to the next generation of Crucial SSDs. The M600 comes in 128GB,
256GB, 512GB, and also in 1TB capacities, however these drives will be also
available in 2.5” 7mm, mSATA, and also M.2, so it’s clear that form factor and
size isn’t an issue for the M600. The M600 comes with 16nm NAND, and also
supports DEVSLP that will extend the life of you battery, Opal 2.0
self-encryption, thermal throttling, RAIN, Micron’s new feature Dynamic Write
Acceleration, and also write endurance has been improved, 100TB for the 128GB
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There is an excellent document that
explains how this technology works, which you can get here,
but to put it in a few words and as simply as possible, Dynamic Write
Acceleration can use any block on the M600 to enable high speed SLC mode to
give a massive improvement in write speed. This feature has to be enabled in
the firmware and it’s mainly beneficial to smaller drives.
During this review we will be able to see
how this technology works. For now though, let’s take a look at the general specifications
of the Micron M600 SSD.
Now let’s take a look at the actual Drive
Micron M600 128GB SSD
As always I will first be examining the
packaging and its contents, but in the case of the Micron M600 the drive only
comes in an antistatic bag, and that is pretty much what any OEM needs.
The top side of the Micron M600 SSD has
only a simple sticker with all the basic information that is needed.
The underside of the Micron M600.
Now let’s look at what’s inside the SSD.
at the top of the Micron M600 SSD we find eight NAND chips.
the back of the M600 SSD we find the Marvel controller, the RAM chip, and eight
16nm NAND chips.
closer look at the NAND,
Marvel 88SS9189 controller.
Specifications of the M600 128GB
In the picture below we can see a more
detailed view of the performance of the M600, and in this case the numbers that
the 128GB should give.
the above screenshot we see all the available info for the Micron M600 SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we
take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.