Plextor Presents New Storage Drives at CES 2016

CES 2016 – Plextor Presents New Storage Drives

Plextor was showing off several new SSD’s and PCIe M.2 drives at CES 2016.  Let’s take a brief look at what they are planning on releasing near the end of the first quarter this year.

M7V SSD Series

Updating their SSD line to include a new 2.5″ SSD and a M.2 SSD.  Smart Turbo Caching will be available on both of these drives, this uses system RAM and the onboard SLC cache to increase performance speeds, beyond the limitations of the SATA interface.  This is done by taking your most commonly used files and placing them into the faster cache memory.

M7VC M7VG
Form Factor 2.5″ SATA M.2 2280
Capacities 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Controller Marvell 88SS1074B1 Marvell 88SS9188
NAND Flash Toshiba 15nm Toggle MLC
Sequential Read Up to 540MB/s
Sequential Write Up to 490MB/s
Random Read Up to 100,000 IOPS
Random Write Up to 87,000 IOPS

Currently there is no pricing available on either of these drives, with general availability in March 2016, we should hear more information on these drives soon.

M8Pe NVMe

Plextors next M.2 series will be utilizing NVMe, allowing for lower latency and higher speeds.  The M8Pe is going to be available in both a M.2 bare drive, and with a PCIe HHHL adapter card.  It will utilize the latest PCIe Gen 3×4 interface, allowing for extremely high read/write speeds.  Plextor is currently rating the drive for speeds up to 2200MB/s sequential read, and up to 1500MB/s sequential write.  Of course using the PlexTurbo, you should be able to get much faster performance out of them.  In addition, using the latest Intel Z170 chipset, you should be able to run these in a bootable RAID configuration for some insanely fast speeds.  On both the M.2 drive and the HHHL adapter card, Plextor has installed a new heatsink design that will make it stand out from the crowd and help to cool the SSD.

Plextor M8Pe Series
Capacity 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB
Cache Up to 1024MB DDR3
Controller Marvell 88SS1093
NAND Flash Toshiba 15nm Toggle MLC
Sequential Read Up to 2,200 MB/s
Sequential Write Up to 1,500 MB/s
Random Read Up to 270,000 IOPS
Randon Write Up to 150,000 IOPS

 

Like the SSD’s there is currently no pricing on the M.2 NVMe, however it is expected to be released in April 2016.