Micron has launched the world's first 2TB M.2 2230 SSD
Is this the perfect Steam Deck SSD replacement?
Published: 11th January 2022 | Source: Micron - PR |
Micron builds the world's first 2TB M.2 2230 SSD - The best Steam Deck replacement SSD?
Micron has started shipping the "industry's first 176-layer QLC NAND" in volume, offering their customers incredible storage densities, even within the ultra compact M.2 2230 (22mm wide 30mm long) form factor.
With their new 176-layer QLC NAND, Micron has created their new 2400 series of value NVMe SSDs, offering OEMs a variety of storage options over the PCIe 4.0 interface. These options include M.2 2230, 2042, and 2280 SSD sizes and 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity options.
Micron's 2400 PCIe 4.0 SSD is the first to offer 2TB storage capacities within the compact M.2 2230 SSD form factor. This is the same SSD form factor used by Valve's Steam Deck and many other portable PCs. This SSD opens the door to future ultraportable PCs that offer higher capacity storage options than today's models.
With sequential read speeds as high as 4500 MB/s (4200MB/s for the 512GB model) Micron's 2400 SSDs are more than fast enough for most modern applications. Currently, Micron's 2230-sized 2400 SSD model appears to be the fastest SSD of its size on the market. That said, this SSD is intended as an OEM solution for system manufacturers, which means that the retail availability of this drive will be limited.
The Micron 2400 SSD delivers industry-leading storage density in a mainstream, value NVMe SSD to enable flexible OEM solution design and provide an uncompromising user experience. With 176-layer NAND and PCIe Gen4 technologies combined, the 2400 SSD doubles the performance of Micron’s previous generation client SSD and delivers 23% faster read time for accelerated boot and load times.4
The Micron 2400 SSD is also the world’s only 2TB 22x30mm M.2 SSD. This form factor shrinks the physical space required by 63% when compared with a 22x80mm M.2 form factor, providing design flexibility and making the drive ideal for small, mobile laptop designs. It is also available in 22x42mm and 22x80mm M.2 form factors, all with common firmware to minimize design qualification efforts.
The 2400 SSD provides a robust user experience across diverse use cases enabled in part by Micron’s Host Memory Buffer technology that allows the host to flexibly optimize performance. The SSD features low-power consumption for all-day, untethered computing, with active idle power being reduced by 50% from Micron’s previous generation solution. The Micron 2400 SSD is designed to meet Intel Project Athena requirements, enabling more than nine hours of real-world battery life on laptops even when using high-definition displays.
While Micron's ability to offer customers 2TB of storage within the compact M.2 2230 form factor is impressive, it is worth noting that their 2400 series SSDs all use QLC memory. This raises potential longevity concerns when compared to a similar TLC-based M.2 SSD. That said, these SSDs are intended for consumer systems, not systems that will be receiving constant writes and re-writes over its lifespan. For these systems, Micron's use of QLC NAND will not be a major concern. Beyond that, this SSD's use of 3D stacked QLC NAND is likely what enables Micron's impressive storage densities in the first place.