Micron has been a bit late to throw their hat into the NVMe ring. We can't help but wonder if they were just biding their time, waiting for the right moment to drop a bomb on the competition. Whether or not this is the case we do not know, but our testing clearly shows that the 9100 MAX is overall the best performing Enterprise SSD to ever grace our test bench. Micron's 9100 MAX, as far as we are able to discern, owes its overwhelming performance advantage to an unprecedented amount of overprovisioning. Does overprovisioning make that big of a difference? You bet it does. This is a clear case of Micron tossing a bunch of flash into the battle and coming away with a decided victory. You can do this when you own the NAND fab.
We did not find a warranty period listed in the documentation we were given, so we inquired and were informed that the 9100 series carries a three-year warranty, but Micron bases their warranty more on TBW because the 9100 series is focused more on the hyperscale market where they have on average a 3-year refresh cycle. This is of course a consideration that should be factored into any purchase, but consider the following: Looking at our mixed workload results, we see that the 9100 MAX delivers about double the IOPS of similarly configured competing solutions at QD256. This means that in a 3-year time span, the 9100 MAX will deliver more total IOPS in a typical mixed workload environment than similarly configured competing solutions will in 5 years. Additionally, the 9100 MAX is priced significantly lower per gigabyte than any similarly configured/performing Enterprise SSD we are aware of.
Micron's 9100 MAX now wears the Enterprise SSD performance crown. A bit late to the game, but doing it better than anyone else earns the Micron 9100 MAX 2.4TB Enterprise SSD a well-deserved TweakTown Editor's Choice Award.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Value for Money||99%|
|Quality, Design, Build and Warranty||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Micron's 9100 MAX 2.4TB is overall the best performing enterprise SSD we've tested to date. Priced at just $1.35 per GB, it is also the best value we've seen to date.
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