Plextor M6e Black Edition PCI Express SSD Review, M.2 In The Slot
PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks
We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.
Although the Plextor drives technically led the pack here, their advantages are only in the more sequential tests--like opening applications. As we've mentioned already, small / low queue depth transfers aren't particular exciting with the M6e, and as such, overall system performance as measured by PCMark's storage benchmark isn't dramatically affected.
PCMark 7 Score With PlextTurbo Enabled
We also ran this test with PlextTurbo enabled and saw very little difference in performance.