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Plextor M6 Pro SSD Review

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So that brings us to performance. Overall the Plextor M6 Pro performs well. We put it up against the two other drives we have access to with Toshiba A19 chips and it regularly exceeded the performance of OCZ’s value orientated ARC 100 while competing well with the AMD (OCZ) Radeon R7 series drive which is more towards the high end of the market. It will be interesting to see if Plextor can squeeze a little Extra performance out of this controller/NAND combination over time as it is a brand new configuration but really our main limit is the SATA interface so it wouldn’t be much of a boost… which is where PlexTurbo comes in.

In basic terms, PlexTurbo passes our data through RAM before it hits the Plextor M6 Pro (while also ensuring data is passed to the drive for data protection). The technology identifies hot (frequently used) and cold (rarely used) data and applies the best caching patters to each. The command data is merged into one buffer to accelerate write response speed. This tech also compares the data on the drive to the incoming write and if it is already on the drive, will remove the write command to extend the drives lifespan. In a way PlexTurbo is a feature which cannot be thoroughly reviewed, every system will have different specifications and therefore different results and as the performance changes over time, through varied unique data use, it is even harder to quantify.

What we can do is show you some crazy Atto benchmarks (see further down this page) and let you know that real world use does show performance gains, though they are much more subtle. We also note that there were no scenarios we found where PlexTurbo had a negative effect on the performance of the Plextor M6 Pro. Therefore, turn it on… you have nothing to loose and some performance to gain.

Summary:
A well built drive which has some impressive performance mixed with interesting features. Like every other high end drive in using SATA 3 it is somewhat limited by the interface so we look forward to seeing what the M.2 edition (if there is one) does. A worthy winner of our recommended award.

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Test Configuration and Performance

Plextor M6 Pro SSD 240GB
OCZ Storage Solutions ARC 100 240GB
Samsung 840Evo 250GB
OCZ Storage Solutions Vector 150 240GB
AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240GB

*All drives using their latest firmware at the time of writing.

Intel Core i7-4790K
Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5
4x4GB Corsair DDR3-2666
Samsung 850Pro SSD
Corsair AX1500i PSU

Installed on a DimasTech Easy XL Test Bench

Roccat Kone Mouse
Razer Black Widow Keyboard
Audio-Technica ATH-AG1 Headset
ASUS HD/3D 120Hz Screen

Windows 8.1
Catalyst 14.7
NVIDA Driver 340.52

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
ATTO Benchmark
Battlefield 4/Origin
PCMark 8

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the chipset and video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, where appropriate, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary/secure Erased between tests.

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Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.