Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD Review

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CrystalDiskMark and Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 – Intel Z77 Platform

Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA CRYSTALDISKMARK Z77

CRYSTALDISKMARK Z77

Benchmark Results: A little higher numbers here than we saw on AS-SSD which resulted in top scores in three out of the four categories.

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.050 RC6- Intel Z77 Platform

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS  performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Anvil Write IOPS

 

Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Anvil Read IOPS

Benchmark Results: We see pretty even performance in the IOPS benchmark with reads and writes roughly equal and solid results.

Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Anvil IOPS Chart

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