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Micron M600 SSD Product Family Overview - SATA, mSATA and M.2

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 3:03 pm
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Desktop Test System

 

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Lenovo T440 - Notebook Power Testing with DEVSLP and Windows 8.1 Pro

 

 

Nearly all of the performance tests run on the desktop system but we use a Lenovo T440 to run the power tests. The T440 is the latest addition to our client SSD test lab and allows us to test the notebook battery life offered by an SSD with advanced features like DEVSLP enabled.

 

 

ATTO - Baseline Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34

 

Micron M600 256GB

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Today we're testing the both 2.5" drives, 256GB and 512GB. Here we see the M600 256GB in ATTO at QD4. The read speed tops out at nearly 565 MB/s, one of the highest we've ever tested on a SATA III device. The write speed is just over 511 MB/s.

 

Micron M600 1TB

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The 1TB model achieved 531 MB/s in the read test. The write speed was a little higher on the 1TB model over the 256GB model, 517 MB/s.

 

 

HD Tune Pro - Sequential Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.50

 

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Today we're using the 256GB capacity charts to compare the M600s to other products on the market. The other products on the market are aftermarket parts usually installed by end-user customers.

 

Most modern SSDs don't have an issue reading data back reliability or quickly.

 

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With modern SSDs, the price has a direct correlation with write performance and performance consistency. The 256GB M600 writes data slower than the 1TB model. This is to be expected since the 256BG model has less flash packages to write to at the same time.

 

 

HD Tach - Sequential Write Performance after Random Writes

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0.4.0

 

Micron M600 256GB

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Micron M600 1TB

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After a reasonable amount of random and sequential writes to the drives, we ran HD Tach to measure sequential performance.

 

The M600 256GB shows a lot of variation in the sequential writes as the drive recovers from the random writes from preconditioning. The large 1TB model had a few peaks and valleys, but the write performance never dropped below 200 MB/s.

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