5 things to know about the new Micron® 5200 MAX SSD

By Steve Hanna - 2018-05-15

The write workload answer. That’s the tagline for our new Micron® 5200 MAX enterprise SSD It’s specifically designed for mixed-use workloads in the data center. It was always our intent to deliver a mixed-use, next-generation enterprise SATA SSD and it was worth the wait!

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Here’s how you benefit:

  1. Industry-leading endurance: up to 17.6PB total bytes written and 5 DWPD on all capacities.
  2. Industry-leading random writes up to 75k IOPS mean the drive is engineered for virtualized, business-critical mixed-use workloads like OLTP, small random block, and VDI for caching – all of which are slower on a competing mixed-use SATA SSD based on public datasheet specifications. As of this writing, the closest mixed-use enterprise SATA competitor delivers only 85% of the 5200 MAX’s random writes, and the average competitor is even further behind at only 45% of the MAX’s random write performance.* Don’t just take our word for it though – look up the numbers and see the difference.
  3. Industry-leading sequential writes up to 520 MB/s. We designed the 5200 MAX to literally be the write workload answer and lead on all major write performance areas – and most other areas, too.
  4. Leading non-write specs. The 5200 MAX is a holistic drive designed to take SATA performance to the max in all major areas, and offers leading sequential reads (540 MB/s), random reads (up to 95k IOPS), MTTF (3 million hours)** plus a complete range of capacities from 240GB to 1.92TB.
  5. Rounds out our 5200 series of SSDs, which are built on a 64-layer 3D NAND foundation so that you get as much value as possible. Along with the 5200 MAX, we’re also excited to launch a new 3.84TB PRO model in response to popular customer demand. Here’s a chart that helps you map the Micron 5200 series of SSDs to your workload and ensure that you get the best fit.


Way back in January, we launched the industry’s first 64-layer 3D NAND enterprise SATA SSD, and we’re excited to now follow-up with the 5200 MAX and 3.84TB 5200 PRO. We believe these are key additions to the Micron 5200 series of SATA SSDs, as about 70% of all enterprise SSDs currently sold are SATA. Maximize your infrastructure and take your business to the next level – because the performance of spinning media doesn’t scale.

*Performance comparison based on public data sheet specifications for GB/s throughput and random write IOPS performance for the best SKU in each competitor’s SATA 2.5-inch mixed-use product family as of the date of this publication. Actual performance may vary.

**Per public data sheet specifications, the Micron 5200 SSD has a mean time to failure (MTTF) of 3 million device hours, compared to the industry standard of 2 million hours for SATA enterprise SSDs. Converting these numbers to annualized failure rates gives the Micron 5200 a 0.29% annualized failure rate versus 0.44% for competing drives. Enhanced reliability is the foundation for consistent, predictable performance.

Steve Hanna