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Micron 9300 Series Enterprise SSD Review (Page 3)

Chris Ramseyer | Apr 23, 2019 at 8:00 am CDT - 1 min, 50 secs time to read this page

Workload Performance Testing

With the move to server workloads, we should see more differences between the 9300 PRO and MAX configurations.

Database Workload

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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.

OLTP Workload

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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.

Email Workload

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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.

Archive Workload

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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.

Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:28 am CDT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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