Micron's P320h Enterprise-class SSD Runs Circles Around the Competition

Paul Lilly

Micron is making the claim that its new RealSSD P320h solid state drive series is the world's fastest enterprise SSD line built to take advantage of the PCI Express bus. These new drives come in 350GB and 700GB capacities, use 34nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory chips, and offer up to 3GB/s of sustained data throughput, more than double that of the nearest competitor, Micron says.

"Micron is defining a whole new category of enterprise-class storage with our P320h PCI-E solid-state storage systems," said Gary Gentry , general manager, enterprise division, Micron's NAND solutions group. "The P320h provides customers with the most compelling performance solution in the industry."

In terms of input/output operations per second (IOPS), Micron rates its P320h line at up to 750,000 IOPS read and 341,000 IOPS write. The random read IOPS, according to Micron, is equivalent to what an Exchange server would need to support more than 1.5 million Outlook users. Furthermore, Micron says its P320h drives can achieve the same throughput as nearly 5,000 hard drives. But are they the fastest?

That appears to be the case. Based on rated specs, the P320h line serves up much higher numbers than OCZ's record-setting Z-Drive R4 , which is rated at up to 200,000 IOPS 4K random write and 350,000 IOPS 4K random write speeds.

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