128K Sequential Write/Read
We precondition the drive for 6,500 seconds, or 1.8 hours, receiving performance data every second. A sequential steady-state is achievable in a much shorter span of time than a random steady-state. We plot both MB/s and Latency. We plot MB/s using blue scatter and Latency using orange scatter.
We observe that sequential write steady-state was induced on the 5100 MAX by the previous 2X sequential write fill as shown by its steady-state at zero seconds of preconditioning. The 5100 ECO reaches steady-state at 600 seconds into the preconditioning run. At 600 seconds into preconditioning, background garbage collection kicks in as signaled by the starting point of the turbulence in the IO pattern.
Sequential write performance is important, and this is where we see a definitive advantage for Micron's 5100 series SSDs over competing TLC-based SSDs. The 5100 series SSDs keep pace with the MLC-powered Samsung SM863, which is quite a feat for any TLC-based SSD. At QD1, the both the 5100 MAX and 5100 ECO outperform the competing drives in our test pool. The 5100 series display an improvement of roughly 25% in sequential write performance over the MLC-powered M510DC. Both the 5100 MAX and 5100 ECO are able to outperform factory specifications.
The 5100 MAX and 5100 ECO can't quite match the sequential read performance of the read-centric Samsung drives. However, the 5100 series again handily outperforms its predecessor, the M510DC by roughly 20% across the board. Once again, both the 5100 MAX and 5100 ECO perform above factory specification.
Conclusion (TL;DR): The 5100 MAX and ECO both have no issue in matching and exceeding Micron's factory sequential specifications.
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