Author Topic: Experience with heat production of Micron or Samsung Enterprise SSDs?  (Read 1567 times)

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Following situation: Got some nice servers at work, that have two M.2 slots available. As HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) charges a hefty premium for OEM-branded SSDs, I did some homework and found out that the Samsung PM9A3 can also be bought as a standard stock version from various retailers.

Difference: approx 80% less price, the HPE sticker will be missing, the firmware resp. the identification tag (important for driver selection and firmware flashing) might be a bit different, and, most important: For enterprise SSDs you normally have to get a firmware update via your OEM/assembly partner. So no download of Samsung Magician like for the consumer drives in that case.

As the Samsung PM9A3 is comparatively affordable in comparison to other enterprise drives, like the Micron 7400/7450 series, or Kioxia, I am still trying to make my mind up- Micron seems to give you firmware updates freely, as would Intel (now Solidigm) also do- sadly Solidigm basically does no M.2 enterprise SSDs that can actually be bought...

As one year ago there were some reports about PM9A3 with bad firmware, I am a bit concerned and try to make some homework regarding these issues, so I got the following questions:

- does anyone has practical experience running Micron 7450 M.2 SSDs and their cooling needs?
- Performance of Samsung 980 or 990 Pro in a server, that does virtualization? (The M.2 SSD would in this case only used for VMs that are used for testing stuff, so nothing reaaaally serious where loss of data matters)
- Other tips regarding enterprise SSD manufacturers/models that are available in germany would be also appreciated, capacity should be around 1TB


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