Micron X100 Becomes The World’s Fastest SSD

Legit Reviews is at the Micron Insight 2019 in San Francisco today and we just got a chance to see the Micron X100 drive in person. Micron claims that the X100 is the world’s fastest SSD with over 9 GB/s of sequential Read/Write bandwidth and up to 2.5 million IOPS. This is Micron’s first SSD to use 3D XPoint memory and appears to be using the PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Micron is not talking about capacities or pricing today, but it will be in limited sampling with select customers this quarter.  Micron believes that the X100 SSD will provide game-changing performance for big data applications and transactional workloads.

Micron X100 3D XPoint PCIe x16 NVMe SSD

Micron X100 NVMe SSD Key Features

  • High-performance local storage — offers up to 2.5 million input/output operations per second (IOPs), more than three times faster than today’s competitive SSD offerings
  • Industry’s highest bandwidth — has more than 9GB/s bandwidth in read, write and mixed modes and is up to three times faster than today’s competitive NAND offerings
  • Ultralow latency — provides consistent read-write latency that is 11 times better than NAND SSDs
  • Application acceleration — enables two to four times the improvements in end-user experience for various applications with prevalent data center workloads
  • High-performance in small size storage — eliminates the need for overprovisioning storage for performance
  • Ease of adoption — because the Micron X100 SSD uses the standard NVMe interface, requires no changes to software to receive the full benefits of the product

Looking at the end of the full-height card you can see a heatsink covering the pretty much the entire card. There is also an 8-pin auxiliary power connector at the end of the card.

Micron X100 SSD

The back of the passively cooled X100 is bare, but you can clearly see where the controller resides and where the 3D Xpoint memory is located.

Micron X100 PCB Back

We have a few more pictures of the X100 available on Twitter: