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The Micron 6500 ION’s massive capacities and purpose-built performance make the competition look small by comparison 

The 6500 ION provides immense capacity and optimized performance without compromising responsiveness. This ebook shows real-world test results to highlight that performance in action. It uses Yahoo!® Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) standard workloads to compare the Micron 6500 ION SSD (a TLC SSD) and the Solidigm D5-P5316 (a QLC, capacity-focused SSD). Both tested SSDs have 30.72TB capacity. 

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TLC performance at QLC prices

How can we compare a TLC SSD to a QLC SSD? Simple. Micron’s advancements in NAND technology (including 200+ layers) enable the Micron® 6500 ION NVMe SSD to be offered at a comparable price to the Solidigm D5-P5316. When cost is similar, features and results dominate choice.

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Micron® 6500 ION

Key benefits

  • Class-leading data center performance of up to 2.3x in real-world, mixed workload applications1
  • 6x9s read latency leads the industry by as much as 3.2x2
  • Capacities from 6.4TB up to a class-leading 30.72TB3

Best for

  • Optimized for cloud storage and content delivery networks that are in constant need of bigger, faster SSDs
  • Applications range from file sharing and collaboration to application hosting, data archiving or content delivery
  • Anywhere that value, performance and capacity intersect, the Micron 6500 ION excels 


  • Power loss protection 
  • Enterprise data path protection 
  • TCG Opal v2.01 
  • FIPS 140-3 L2 
  • TAA compliant 
  • NVMe 2.0 
  • NVMe Management Interface (NVMe-MI™) over SMBus 
  • NVMe power states 
  • Firmware activated without reset 
  • Secure firmware download 
  • Hardware root of trust, secure signed firmware 
  • Self-monitoring and reporting technology (SMART) 
  • 5-year limited warranty4


  • Massive 30TB capacity in a U.2/U.3 form factor1
  • Up to 6.8GB/s and 1 million IOPS1
  • 25x better 4KB random write IOPS2
  • 10x more 4KB random write endurance2 
  • 56% better power efficiency2
  • Extensive security features such as FIPS 140-3, TCG-Opal and TAA compliance
  • Built on Micron’s world-leading 232-layer NAND3

Product overview

Building the perfect cloud architecture or content delivery network has traditionally been a balancing act where IT teams are forced to sacrifice cloud storage performance for capacity or pay for speeds and endurance that will never be used. The high-capacity, 30.72TB1 Micron® 6500 ION NVMe SSD solves these challenges, delivering TLC performance at QLC price points — all while achieving up to 25 times more 4KB random write IOPS, up to 54% better read QoS, and up to 56% better power efficiency than the competition2. The Micron 6500 ION’s massive capacities and purpose-built performance make the competition look small by comparison.  

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Micron 6500 Icon Performance Server

Big capacities make cloud storage
challenges look small

Just a few years ago, multi-terabyte SSDs and petabyte-level deployments were the exception, not the norm. Today, customers are demanding, and applications are requiring, an ever-increasing level of storage capacity without sacrificing performance. The Micron 6500 ION represents a leap forward in that respect by offering a 30.72TB1 capacity, which maximizes server density while maintaining excellent PCIe® Gen4 performance. The Micron 6500 ION delivers 6.8GB/s sequential reads and 1 million read IOPS, while delivering 53% better read quality-of-service than the QLC competition2. The Micron 6500 ION has standout write performance as well, with random writes 25x faster than the QLC competition2.

Data Center

Sustainability in the data center

Balancing the multitude of factors, a storage architect must consider when designing a system whether it be performance, power or endurance, a difficult task. With the Micron 6500 ION, customers now have a storage solution that has 20% lower active power, 56% better power efficiency and up to 10x more random write endurance than the QLC competition2. Combined with industry-leading density of 30.72TB1 in a 2.5-inch U.2/U.3 form factor, you have a solution that reduces the number of racks, significantly lowering your infrastructure costs, which is a cornerstone of long-term sustainability.

Purpose-built portfolio

The IT world is full of “industry leaders,” but how do they really stack up against Micron? We were the first to introduce 232-layer NAND3 to our comprehensive, purpose-built storage solutions portfolio — the very NAND inside our high-capacity Micron 6500 ION SSD. That’s a lot of layers of storage, but what does it mean for your customers? It means denser, more power-efficient TLC storage at QLC price points. Partner with Micron to be the first to offer your customers high-capacity NVMe® storage — and a purpose-built storage portfolio — that stacks up against competitors. 

Key specifications

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 U.3 Micron 6500 ION
Capacity-focused (<1 DWPD)
 Capacity1 30,720GB
(128K sequential transfer)
Reads (MB/s) 6,800
Writes (MB/s) 5,000
(4K transfer)
Random Reads (KIOPS) 1000
Random Writes (KIOPS) 200
70/30 Read/Write (KIOPS) 400
READ (TYP, µs) - 70
WRITE (TYP, µs) 15
READ (99%, µs) 80
WRITE (99%, µs) 65
(total bytes written in TB)
4K Random 16,800
128K Seq 56,000
Basic Attributes
Interface PCIe Gen4 1x4 NVMe (1.4)
NAND Micron 232-Layer 3D TLC NAND
MTTF 2.5 million device hours
Advanced Features  TCG-Opal 2.01, OCP 2.0, TAA compliance, FIPS 140-3, power loss protection (data at-rest & in-flight), enterprise data path protection (user & meta data), Storage Executive, 5-year warranty


  1.  30.72TB capacity is the largest option. User capacity: 1GB = 1 billion bytes; formatted capacity is less
  2. All comparisons to public datasheet values for 30.72TB Solidigm® D5-P5316 QLC SSD as of March 2023
  3. Additional information available here: 
  4. Warranty valid for 5 years from the original date of purchase or before writing the maximum total bytes written (TBW) as published in the product datasheet and as measured in the product’s SMART data, whichever comes first.
  5. Performance measured under the following conditions: Steady-state as defined by SNIA Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification Enterprise v1.1; Drive write cache enabled; NVMe power state 0; Sequential workloads measured using FIO with a 128K IO size and a queue depth of 32; Random read workloads measured using FIO with a 4K IO size and queue depth of 256; Random write workloads measured using FIO with a 4K IO size and a queue depth of 128.
  6. Latency values measured with random workloads using FIO, 4KB transfers, queue depth = 1; Typical latency = median, 50th percentile

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