Workload Performance Testing
With the move to server workloads, we should see more differences between the 9300 PRO and MAX configurations.
In the database test, the 9300 MAX and Memblaze PBlaze5 916 shoot the performance up to an isolated island of IOPS with the 9100 MAX not far behind. Going into this review, we hoped Micron could leverage the advantages of 64L NAND to outperform the 9100 MAX with the 9300 PRO but the technology didn't get us there at high OIO, but it does deliver more IOPS up to 64 OIO. The new enterprise drive in the MAX configuration does increase performance considerably with database workloads. Both 9300 Series configurations put a boot to the throat to Intel's DC P4510.
In the OLTP test, the 9300 PRO configured with 7.68TB of user addressable storage does outperform the older 9100 MAX to 256 OIO. The 9300 MAX again proves to be the superior performer putting a great distance on the 9100 MAX, as well as most of the other drives in this test.
The email workload gives us an opportunity to touch on the 9300 PRO's leveling off when pushed with extreme IO. The performance doesn't improve much in this, and some of the other tests, after 64 OIO. Here we see 64, 128 and 256 OIO performance all within a small range. The increased overprovisioning of the 9300 MAX allows that series to climb higher when required.
The archive test is one you might not be familiar with, it's certainly not published often. This test comes from Dell's performance lab and uses a mix of larger and small block sizes, as well as random and sequential data. The mix allows us to show an environment where you may have more than one workload running on a drive. The Micron 9300 Series allows for up to 32 NVMe namespaces so this is certainly within the bounds of what this product's capabilities.
We were surprised to see the Micron 9300 MAX outperform the similar Memblaze PBlaze5 916. This is likely due to superior firmware of the drives tested.