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Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD Review

Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD Review

Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD Review

The M6e PCI Express Solid State Drive

M6e PCIe front viewM6e PCIe rear view

As we mentioned in the introduction to this review, Plextor base their M6e on the M.2 connector which many future motherboards will support. Until it is more common however they have also provided an add-in card which allows us to install the drive in the more common PCI-Express slot. There is a warranty sticker on the screw which holds the SSD PCB in place and the other item of note are the status LEDs at the end of the card which allow us to see what the drive is doing at a glance. E.g. Yellow lights for drive activity.

M6e PCIe PCB

Plextor use four MLC NAND Flash chips on either side of the PCB which are branded Toshiba. One side we also have a single Hynix DDR3 cache chip and the other major component of note is Marvell’s 88SS9183 controller.

As with the previous generation of drives the M6e is tested prior to leaving the factory (in stress related tests) to ensure reliability. So confident are Plextor in the robust nature of the drive that it has a 5-year warranty.

Finally, in terms of official speeds, Plextor rate the M6e for up to 770MB/s read, 625MB/s write (512GB) with 105,000IOPS read/ 100,000IOPS write. Plextor advertise their long term speed maintenance as "TrueSpeed", using firmware based enhancements to maintain the above performance over time.

Capacity 128GBCapacity 512GB

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