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Plextor M5M mSATA SSD Review


by Stuart Davidson - 5th February 2013
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Plextor M5M mSATA SSD Review

Test System


Plextor M5M mSATA 128GB Firmware 1.01
Intel 310 Series mSATA 80GB Firmware 2CV102M3
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB Firmware 1.02
Corsair Neutron 240GB Firmware M206

Intel Core i7-3960X
ASRock X79 Extreme9
NVIDIA GTX 690
4x 4GB Corsair DDR3-1600

Asus VG278 Screen
Corsair AX1200
D-Link Wireless N Dual Band USB stick
1x OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS SSD (OS)
Intel 2011 Liquid Cooler
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Forceware 310.33

Crystal DiskMark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
ATTO Benchmark
Skyrim
Steam
PCMark 2011

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

Good Benchmarking Practice
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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