Micron brings XPoint to market with "the world's fastest SSD"

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Micron bring XPoint to market with

Micron brings XPoint to market with "the world's fastest SSD"

People often forget that Intel's Optane memory was co-developed by Micron, who initially named their unique memory solution 3D XPoint, offering non-volatile performance which bridges the gap between DRAM and NAND memory.  

Before now, Micron sold its 3D XPoint memory to Intel to create Optane devices, but now Micron has its own XPoint devices up its sleeves, an SSD which promises to be the "world's fastest". Meet Micron's X100 SSD. 

With the potential to offer up to 2.5 million input/output operations per second (IOPs), Micron states that their X100 is more than three times faster than today's competitive SSD offerings. In terms of bandwidth, the SSD can also deliver 9GB/s read, write and mixed performance, thanks to the SSD's PCIe 3.0 16x link. Yes, this SSD isn't PCIe 4.0, though it must be remembered that most of today's servers operate using PCIe 3.0. 

Thanks to XPoint's latency characteristics, Micron claims that their X100 SSD can deliver 11x faster write latencies than NAND-based SSDs, allowing the new SSD to react faster than competing offerings, while also offering more IOPs and bandwidth. 

Micron plans to sample their X100 SSD to selected customers this quarter and release the SSD to a broader customer base in 2020. This SSD is focused on the enterprise market, which means that PC builders shouldn't expect a consumer release of this product. 

Sadly, Micron has not revealed the storage capacity of its MX100 series of SSD.

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25-10-2019, 17:08:30

Damn that's fast. A full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot imo is smart as it's cheaper and offers more bandwidth than 4.0 x4. curious about pricing and storage sizeQuote

25-10-2019, 18:35:45

My buddy's cousin in the USA works for micron. My buddy just got given a couple of X8 PCIE ssds. Bloody hell they are fast! I bet this thing screams.Quote

26-10-2019, 03:35:18

Stuff like that makes me want to go Threadripper, just to have PCIE lanes to spare for toys like this.Quote

27-10-2019, 17:31:48

Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Stuff like that makes me want to go Threadripper, just to have PCIE lanes to spare for toys like this.
Oddly enough my buddy is on TR.

He sent me a 800gb SSD but it's not working properly. Need to investigate more.Quote

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