Micron SSD 3D Xpoint X100 Ready To Be Launched
SSDs that use 3D XPoint memory are not exactly availble everywhere. Intel has a few, but they are mostly destined for data centers and still can't quite pinpoint how fast the technology is. 3D XPoint (named Optane by Intel for commercial purposes) is very different from NAND Flash, bringing some massive improvements and a huge price tag. But that may change soon.
Okay, that won't change any time soon, but Micron (who has developed 3D XPoint alongside Intel) has revealed the X100 SSD. The company claims it will be the fastest SSD ever made, using a full PCI-E 3.0 16X connector to deliver a ridiculous performance level.
According to the company statement, we have a latency level of 11 times lower than any SSD that uses NAND memory. We also have sequential read / write speeds of up to 9GB / s, and on the side of random operations, we have around 2.5 million per second. For some context, a very, very good NAND SSD can reach 800 thousand operations per second.
Ah, also, because XPoint works on principles other than NAND, it has enough endurance that it's not relevant to the average user.
It's just that this SSD is not for ordinary users as it is for data centers as well. The price has not been announced, nor the storage capacity, but it does not hurt to have more copies of the technology on the market. Maybe at this rate we will have a model with at least 256GB of storage that will not cost as much as a whole computer.
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