Plextor M3 Series Solid State Drive Goes 'Pro'

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News Posted: Wed, Jan 11 2012 3:39 PM
Remember when Plextor ruled the optical drive market with premium ODDs that typically performed better than the competition? That was long before the price of CD/DVD burners fell to around the cost of a case of water, and these days Plextor appears fully focused on solid state drives (SSDs). Announced at CES 2012 is Plextor's new M3 Pro Series, an improved version of the original M3.

The M3 Pro Series uses high-grade 24nm Toggle Flash memory, includes updated firmware, and boasts a new 7mm height form factor for use in ultra-slim notebooks. Sequential read and write speeds have been bumped up to 540MB/s and 450MB/s, respectively, and random read/write speeds have gone up about 7 percent to 75,000/69,000 IOPS.

Part of the speed upgrade is due to the new firmware, which also features in Plextor's proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies. True Speed technology is part of the package too, and like the original M3, it's supposed to prevent drop-offs in performance over time.

The M3 Pro Series will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities in "early 2012." No word yet on price.
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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 11 2012 8:02 PM

Plextor used to be the best name in Optical Burners. They were frightfully expensive, but they were the best too.

I just bought a few Plextor DVD/RW drives for a customer that hasn't traded up his PC for many years. We're building him something new, and he insisted on Plextor burners for the new box. They ~STILL~ sell at a premium today. (about 50% extra)

These drives have good specs, but I wonder what they'll sell for? The last M3's were overpriced.

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SmogHog replied on Wed, Jan 11 2012 10:12 PM

Sorry Plextor,no sale.

What does seem interesting is the OCZ Everest 2-Code Named Vertex 4 and the Intel 520 series that's showing up on some sites already but not in stock.

The Intel 60GB part # is SSDSC2CW060A3K5,180GB is SSDSC2CW180A3K5

There's also 120GB,240GB and 480GB has them all listed and priced.

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