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Micron Delivers the World's Most Advanced Client SSD Featuring 232-Layer NAND Technology

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Micron Technology, Inc.,, today announced it is shipping the Micron 2550 NVMe SSD to global PC OEM customers for use in mainstream laptops and desktops. The 2550 is the world's first client SSD to ship using NAND over 200 layers. Delivering performance that eclipses the competition through its density and power advantages, the 2550 provides users with responsiveness and the low power consumption needed to extend battery life for work and home PCs.

"We focused on delivering a superior user experience for PC users with this SSD," said Praveen Vaidyanathan, vice president and general manager of the Client Storage Group at Micron. "The new 2550 SSD builds on our established and broadly adopted PCIe Gen4 architecture. It also incorporates Micron's industry-leading 232-layer NAND and focuses on thermal architecture and power design. These capabilities deliver impressive application performance and phenomenal power savings."




The Micron 2550 SSD enables faster, more responsive applications in mainstream PC platforms, including gaming, consumer and business client devices. Micron's innovations, such as predictive cache optimization, improve users' experiences and establish new category zeniths for PCMark 10 benchmarks. The SSD transfers files up to 112% faster, runs office productivity applications up to 67% faster, loads major games up to 57% faster, and runs content creation applications up to 78% faster than comparable competing products. It also delivers breakneck sequential read performance of up to 5 gigabytes per second and sequential write performance of up to 4 gigabytes per second, which is 43% and 33% faster than the previous SSD generation, respectively.

Power savings are provided through Micron's optimization of entry and exit into self-initiated energy saving states, use of an advanced process node for the controller, and elimination of DRAM via Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology. Innovations that collectively deliver battery-sipping sleep power consumption under 2.5 milliwatts, active idle power consumption under 150 milliwatts, and active power consumption below 5.5 watts. These advances enable longer battery life for daily computing needs.

"We expect PCIe Gen4 drives will remain the primary interface for notebooks and desktops into 2026," said Greg Wong, principal analyst at Forward Insights. "Leading-edge Gen4 SSDs, such as the new Micron 2550, deliver improved user experiences and provide OEMs with an attractive storage solution for their system designs."

The Micron 2550 SSD is available in 22x80mm, 22x42mm and 22x30mm form factors and comes in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacity points. These options provide system designers the flexibility to build PCs with the right mix of performance, size, weight and capacity.



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those numbers on the sheet don't seem particularly impressive, especially for all those x% faster claims. I'm probably missing something
 
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Wonder if there will be yet another MX500 variant with this new NAND.
 
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OOooofff!
These are going to be lameee!
HMB, those endurance and performance figures. They don't even make sense with the marketing jargon.
These should not be used in any system in production or deemed critical.
 
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those numbers on the sheet don't seem particularly impressive, especially for all those x% faster claims. I'm probably missing something
OOooofff!
These are going to be lameee!
HMB, those endurance and performance figures. They don't even make sense with the marketing jargon.
These should not be used in any system in production or deemed critical.
What the hell are you two talking about? Those numbers are very good!

What I want to know is: Where's the 2 TB model?
 
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What the hell are you two talking about? Those numbers are very good!

What I want to know is: Where's the 2 TB model?
For a very cheap SSD, I guess I agree with you.
For everything they are touting? No.

Going by their product brief, no 2TB model planned and the 256GB is only going to be out by mid '23.
 
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For a very cheap SSD, I guess I agree with you.
For everything they are touting? No.
The whole point of these new 232layer NAND chips is high data density, not raw speed. But in the speed dept, they are VERY respectable. Not sure what you're comparing too, but context is important.

Going by their product brief, no 2TB model planned
And that's why I mentioned it. Micron is known to lurk tech forums and if they see the question they might take action..
 
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For a very cheap SSD, I guess I agree with you.
For everything they are touting? No.

Going by their product brief, no 2TB model planned and the 256GB is only going to be out by mid '23.
It is mentioned, those are dramless SSDs, focused on low power consumtion (for laptops?)
And IMO, their in-house controllers are - well not bad but definitely not the best.
 

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OOooofff!
These are going to be lameee!
HMB, those endurance and performance figures. They don't even make sense with the marketing jargon.
These should not be used in any system in production or deemed critical.
these are client ssds meant for laptops and power efficient oem systems. not enthusiast consumer ssds. get your jargon right before complaining about other peoples jargon.

the SK Hynix P41 Platinum, one of the most efficient performance oriented SSDs on this planet, consumes nearly 5 times more power on idle, which is the most important metric. And its also rated to consume >30% more power when active, which is not so important, but thats still a substantial amount. I'd take my battery life anytime over the extra performance that i would never see in majority of real life usage of a laptop. Not to mention the less amount of heat generated for a quieter fan and without the need of a heatsink, although admittedly, the P41 doesn't need one either, but itll still run hotter inside a constrained laptop or compact oem system meant for your parents.
 

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Is that more layers than a Japanese samurai sword??
 
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"just serve it with big words they'll eat it up" "and dont forget to make up an event this year too so we can say supply is low raise those prices to the roof and who cares about demand they can't decrease the prices they'll wait then they have to buy we don't give them another choice if we stand together" :clap::respect:
Are you implying that some of us are morons?

Is that more layers than a Japanese samurai sword??
Depends on the sword and who made it..
 
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those numbers on the sheet don't seem particularly impressive, especially for all those x% faster claims. I'm probably missing something
It's in a budget, ramless configuration. Not surprising, you'd have to compare it to other budget offerings.
 
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I'm waiting to see how many TB they can fit in a 2280 M.2 form factor with this new NAND. Right now the max is 8TB.
 
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232 VS 176. My guess is perhaps 10TB? It's going to be redonkulusly expensive though.

Yeah, unfortunately there is a large markup on 8TB and 4TB M.2 drives. If the launch price of 8TB M.2 drives is anything to go by, we could be talking $1,800+. Doesn't really make sense when you can get PCIe 4.0 enterprise U.2 drives for a much lower price so that's what I've been sticking with. Only way right now to get a large SSD at a somewhat palatable price. There's no way I'm going to use anywhere near the rated 64 PBW though lol.
 
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Didn't Micron announce a 2TB, 2230 NVMe drive in January? Yet, these top out at 1 TB.
 
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It's frustrating when we know more layers tends to mean lower write endurance, but also important because moar space


(Yes i know not always, but it's a trend)
 
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It's frustrating when we know more layers tends to mean lower write endurance, but also important because moar space


(Yes i know not always, but it's a trend)
While usually true, I suspect Micron has solved that problem. No citation to back that up though.
 

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It's in a budget, ramless configuration. Not surprising, you'd have to compare it to other budget offerings.

On the fair side, while Micron has a presence (read OEM) in the consumer memory space be it itself or crucial, its big money maker is enterprise now.

I have personally used these in their intended environment (thousands) for some pretty big arrays and fast ceph clusters. Intel, Micron, Samsung and Kingston have pretty big presence in the DC SSD space. The performance is maybe a little above average in other models average, but they kill it in longevity and like samsung generally integrated features.


They probably arent going to come out with a 990 competitor, or even compete with any of the mega fast consumer drives. That space is niche anyway, we care. But average gamers and consumers in general are still wide eyed at the fact that SSDs are so fast as is.

Micron makes there money selling 15tb SSDs to DCs so I can run fail over SQL clusters and beat them to death for years on end.

Sorry wasnt an attack on you or anything. Not sure if this post seems aggressive, just my take on increasing the field of view of other readers while piggybacking off what you said. AFAIC they released this as a "take it or leave it" brand recognition move in the consumer space at the very least.
 
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