Plextor Unveils Speedy M6e PCI-Express SSD and Other M6 Series Drives

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News Posted: Wed, Jan 8 2014 11:15 AM
It seems like an eternity has passed since Plextor was best known for its line of premium optical drives (way back before you could pick up a DVD burner for $20). These days Plextor focuses the bulk of its attention on solid state drives (SSDs), so it's not surprise the drive maker used CES as a springboard to announce its new M6 Series.

Plextor has various form factors covered with its M6 Series of SSDs. The new line consists of the 2.5-inch M6S, mSATA m6M, and PCI-Express based M6e, all of which use advanced 19nm Toggle NAND flash memory chips from Toshiba.

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Plextor's M6e sports the latest generation Marvell 88SS9183 controller with multiple cores. It delivers read and write speeds of up to 770MB/s and 625MB/s, respectively, along with random read and write speeds of 105,000 and 100,000 IOPS, respectively. According to Plextor, the M6e is automatically recognized as an AHCI device and doesn't require any additional drivers.

Both the 2.5-inch M6S and mSATA M6M are available in capacities up to 512GB with 520MB/s read and 440MB/s write speeds. Both also deliver random read/write speeds of 94,000/80,000 IOPS.

Look for these drives to ship in the Spring. No word yet on price.

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SmogHog replied on Wed, Jan 8 2014 8:57 PM

It's always nice to see new SATA 3 SSDs introduced but is there anything better in the 6 series that consumers will find that's better than the 5 series.

About 80% of daily disk access measured in Microsoft's diskmon is small file reads and writes but we see the high random access numbers touted that may be important in about 1% of daily disk access.

Now I hope a rare reviewer will test these new drives as the primary boot drive(C)that has an OS installed plus varying amounts of data.

Testing empty drives in Safe Mode is useless to me as it probably is to everyone else looking to buy an SSD.

Now,where's the SATA Express and USB 3.1 devices?

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