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Micron M510DC 480GB Enterprise SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Micron Technology

Final Thoughts

 

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Micron designed the M510DC to speed along the transition to an all-flash datacenter eco system. The low cost and built-in data protection features of the product will also help bring an end to client side SSD's being utilized for cost savings in the datacenter. Endurance is something that gives the M510DC an advantage over many competing solutions. Two drive write per day endurance insures the M510DC will be a perfect fit for use case scenarios that require more endurance than competing solutions have to offer.

 

 

The M510DC performed extremely well in our random testing. The M510DC outperformed the 845DC EVO significantly with both 4K and 8K random write workloads. Sequential performance, however, is lower than that of some competing solutions. Mixed workloads were more of a mixed bag. The M510DC has plenty of performance at lower queue depths for applications like OLTP/Database and Email server. Our Web Server testing showed that the M510DC is not well suited for that application in comparison to competing solutions.

 

We would like to see higher capacity offerings, but limitations of the drive's Marvell 9187 controller dictate 960GB as the maximum capacity for this product line. We would also note that the 960GB variant with its meager 7% overprovisioning is rated for only 10.5K 4K random writes, less than half that of the 480GB version. Additionally, the 960GB version is rated for 1 drive write per day, while the lower capacity points are rated for 2 drive writes per day. The Marvell 9187 controller is a proven entity and there is something to be said for that, but it also gives competing solutions with newer controller technology a capacity advantage.

 

The M510DC stands out from competing solutions primarily due to the drive's class-leading endurance. As a point of comparison, Micron's M510DC has roughly 6x the endurance of Samsung's read-centric 845DC EVO. Endurance is a major consideration when it comes to choosing a storage solution, and this is why we believe the M510DC will be a successful product line for Micron.

 

Pros:

 

  • Cost
  • Features
  • Random write performance
  • Endurance

 

Cons:

 

  • Low sequential Read/Write speed
  • Web Performance

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance85%
Performance Consistency89%
General Features95%
Value for Money90%
Quality, Design, Build and Warranty90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: The drive's endurance and 4K random write performance makes the Micron M510DC stand out from competing solutions.

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