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Lite On Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive (PX-128M5M)
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- Read/write speeds of 80,000/76,000 IOPS
- Sequential read/write of 540/320MBs
- Supports SATA 6Gb/s standard for maximum transfer speeds and compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s
- Latest server-grade Marvell 88SS9187 controller guarantees fast and reliable operation under high loads.
- True Speed technology gives sustained long-term performance and prevents SSD speed drop, automatically returning performance to like-new speeds.
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Benchmarks on TheSSDReview give some good information on these choices.
I had 119/128 gb available after formatting, which is expected.
Worth noting is that the 128 gb model has different speeds than the 256 gb model. The benchmarks display that speeds should be 540/320 read/write for this model. Amazon has the maximum speeds listed probably from Plextor's site(they don't specify model difference), but those only apply to the 256gb model. You can confirm these speeds at any other retailer site NE, TD, or review sites.
Details on the Thinkpad x131e install:
Remove the battery. There is a big panel on the bottom of the x131e that covers all common user replaceable parts (memory,network, wwan, msata ssd, hard drive). Loosen three screws on the panel on the bottom of the x131e but leave them in the panel itsself. Then pivot the panel up from the screw end and remove it. Download the thinkpad service manual from lenovo to see a step by step on how to open the bottom. Very simple.
With the bottom open the WWAN slot is directly accessible. The x131e I was modifying had a 4G modem installed in the WWAN slot. That gets removed by lifting straight up on the antenna wires where they attach to the 4G modem. The wires stay in the thinkpad. The WWAN card gets removed by removing one screw and then lifting the 4G modem up at the screw location pivoting at an angle around the slot.
Once the WWAN slot is free insert the Plextor M5M mSATA drive into the WWAN slot at an angle with the contact edge of the card in teh slot and the opposite end higher. Once the card is sliding into the slot lower the other end of the card. When the card is flush to the motherboard screw one screw in the upper right corner (where slot is on the bottom). I used the screw that was holding down the 4G modem I removed, however the Plextor drive comes with two screws in the package. The Lenovo manual says to only use one screw, so that's what I did.Read more ›
After getting everything sorted, the SSD has worked beautifully. Windows 8 loads super fast and opening firefox doesn't take painfully long (compared to my old laptop with a 5400rpm hdd)
I purchased this to put in a Drobo 5N in order to speed up transfers of "Hot Cached" files. I believe it does fill that role, but without with / without testing, I can't confirm for sure if it is giving me the huge increase that I would most certainly love to have.
That being said, it is working fine, and if there is any problem -- it is not with this mSata -- overall I am very happy with both the Drobo product, and this role this plays in it.
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fast SSD and good price. However does not really support hardware encryptionPublished on July 21, 2014 by Zhe yang
I have it already 1 year and it works great, check my video on windows 8.1 boot speed, and this is on restart, it's more faster when you power on after shut down
Bought this SSD to use on a new Intel Core i5 NUC. Easy installation. It's been running for a few months now. No problem whatsoever.Published on May 6, 2014 by tmok2000
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Really speeds up the laptop - install the OS on this drive and set up to boot from it and use the regular hard drive for data. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by bob1
It works great but be warned when using Intel's rapid cache, if you are novice to computers don't get it. PC needs to be changed to RAID on win8 and is not plug and play.Published on January 6, 2014 by Jon
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