Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA SSD Review

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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.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage
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The Plextor M6M 256GB drive put up some good numbers in PCMark 7, thought he overall score may be a bit misleading. In the individual tests, the Plextor M6M 256GB drive had the second best "Starting Applications" score, the third best "Importing pictures" score, and the second best "Video editing" score. Add everything up though, and it looks like the Plextor M6M 256GB drive finishes in second to last place. That's technically true, but not that only 1.2% separated the Plextor drive from the Samsung drive that led the pack.  That's well within the margin of error for this test, so for all intents and purposes, this one's a tie.

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