Plextor M2 Series 128GB SATA 6Gbps Marvell SSD Review

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Plextor 128GB M2 Series SSD Introduction

Plextor is probably best known for their optical drives so it may come as a surprise to some that they also offer SSDs in their product line. Their most recent line is the M2 series which features a Marvell controller and a 6Gbps interface. We’ve got our hands on the 128GB version and we’ll see how it stacks up against the other drives we have tested.

Plextor front

At first blush, the specifications for read and write, 420 MB/s and 210 MB/s respectively, don’t seem all that amazing compared to the newest SandForce drives emerging that hit above 500 MB/s on both fronts. However, as we have seen with SandForce controllers, they rely on data compression to boost speed so depending on the type of data being transferred, the data rate may vary dramatically. The benchmarks will paint this picture a little better.

Plextor box

Plextor’s Marvell controller seems to be on a more even keel with speeds remaining relatively consistent regardless of the data type. This is an important factor and why you shouldn’t rely on max throughput specifications alone. With three capacities to choose from – 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB, there is a size to fit just about everyone’s needs.  The prices on these range from $179.99, $279.99 and $599.99 respectively and all carry a three year warranty.

Performance:
Model PX-64M2S PX-128M2S PX-256M2S
Capacity 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB
Sequential Read (MB/S) 370 420 480
Sequential Write (MB/S) 110 210 310
Sequential Read (IOPS 4K) 15,000 15,000 15,000
Sequential Write (IOPS 4K) 6000 9000 9000
General Specifications:
Buffer 128MB DDR3 Cache
Power Consumption (Typical) 0.25W (Idle); 0.75W (Active)
Temperature (Operating) 32 ºF to 158 ºF (0 ºC to 70 ºC)
Temperature (Non-operating) -40ºF to 185 ºF (-40 ºC to 85 ºC)
Shock 1,500G/0.5 ms
Vibration (Operating) 7~800Hz, 2.17G (RMS)
MTBF 1.5 million hour
Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor and Connectors:
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Power Connector 15-pin SATA connector for DC 5V input
Data Connector 7-pin SATA connector
Dimensions and Weight:
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.75 x 0.3 x 4.0 inch
Weight 1.94 ~ 3.53 oz

Plextor contents

Included in the box is a quick installation guide, a warranty sheet and an disc containing the Acronis True Image imaging software for use in transferring your current installation over to the Plextor drive. Before you do, just make sure it is aligned properly for best SSD performance or you’ll see a degradation in performance.

Plextor back

The concludes the introduction so now let’s have a look inside.

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