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Plextor PX-256M3S 256 GB M3S SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive
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- True Speed - an exclusive technology providing consistent high performance in real-life computing environments for the lifetime of the product. Unlike the competition, Plextor SSDs sustain read/write speeds for the life of the drive.
- Server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 controller chip for read/write speeds of up to 510MB/s and 360MB/s in sequential mode, and 70,000 and 65,000 IOPS for random read/write operations at 4K file size
- The M3S fully supports SATA 6Gb/s and is backward compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s
- The DDR3 DRAM cache transfers data faster and helps extend lifetime of the product
- The latest synchronous MLC NAND flash modules from Toshiba further enhance product reliability
- Smart firmware combines three advanced technologies to sustain performance: Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore. Bad Block Management and Global Wear Leveling optimize the way data is written on the drive and Instant Restore is a technique that overcomes the problem of declining speed after prolonged usage
- The M3S supports advanced functions such as S.M.A.R.T. failure prediction, the TRIM command, NCQ optimization, and superior Garbage Collection to further increase performance and reliability
- Five-year ironclad warranty provides reassurance of Plextor quality standards
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From the Manufacturer
The Plextor M3S SATA 6Gb/s SSD series provides read/write speeds up to 525/445 MB/s in sequential mode and up to 70,000/65,000 IOPS in random mode. The M3S features True Speed technology and an extended five year ironclad warranty.
Built with True Speed Technology
The M3S features exclusive firmware with True Speed, including Plextor's proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies that optimize performance.
True Speed is an exclusive technology providing consistent high performance in real-life computing environments for the lifetime of the product. True Speed is designed to prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented. True Speed technology will maintain the M3S' high performance and read/write speeds at like-new levels throughout the life of the drive. True Speed distinguishes Plextor SSDs from other SSD products because of sustained read/write speeds throughout the lifetime of the product.
Highest Quality Components for Optimum Performance
M3S drives use a server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 controller chip for read/write speeds of up to 525MB/s and 445MB/s in sequential mode, and 70,000 and 65,000 IOPS for random read/write operations at 4K file size. The M3S supports SATA 6Gb/s and is backward compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s. It also uses the latest 24nm synchronous MLC NAND flash modules from Toshiba to further enhance product reliability. The DDR3 DRAM cache transfers data faster and helps extend lifetime of the drive. Also supported by the flash is a 1.8V power mode, providing the M3S with extremely low-power consumption.
Plextor strives to exceed industry standards with rigorous benchmark testing; before leaving the factory, each Plextor SSD is put through a 20-hour high temperature burn-in test and an intense simulation of real world environments. As a result, Plextor SSDs have a 0.59% average annual failure rate, which is one of the lowest in the industry.
Consistent Speed Levels Even After Intensive Usage
Smart firmware combines three advanced technologies to sustain performance: Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore. Bad Block Management and Global Wear Leveling optimize the way data is written on the drive and Instant Restore is a technique that overcomes the problem of declining speed after prolonged usage.
The M3S supports advanced functions such as S.M.A.R.T. failure prediction, the TRIM command, NCQ optimization, and superior Garbage Collection to further increase performance and reliability.
Plextor M3 Series Solid State Drive Specifications
|Sequential Read (MB/s)||520||510||510||525|
|Sequential Write (MB/s)||175||210||360||445|
|Random Read (IOPS 4K)||55,000||70,000||70,000||56,000|
|Random Write (IOPS 4K)||40,000||50,000||65,000||30,000|
|Buffer (DDR3 Cache)||128MB||256MB||512MB||512MB|
Top Customer Reviews
Very fast compared with my Agility 2 SSD. Applications load faster on the Plextor M3S SSD. Though I'm still using SATA II connection coz my X58 SATA III sucks. I'm sure on intel native SATA III connection, this SSD will scream!
I was confused whether I should get this one or the Crucial M4. They both have the exact same controller. But the Plextor M3S has 512 MB cache, while crucial m4 only has 128 mb. Plus this one has a 5-year warranty.
Plextor M3S has faster write speed, as well as higher IOPS.
Tried ATTO Disk Benchmark & I'm getting both read and write at 280 mb/s @SATA II speed with ICH10R.
Note: Get it from newegg. It's cheaper! They had it for $299 last time after promotion code. Even now it's cheaper (1/26/2012). For some reason Amazon keeps ignoring the lower price from other sites. I should have bought newegg GC instead. I bought this for $389 here. Newegg $299, so $90 difference is HUGE!
The last two Plextor SSDs I purchased (two slightly different models) were both for Thinkpads's (same exact models). One of them works with no issues at all while the other will cause HDD initialization errors. Both systems have the most current firmware; both drives have the most current firmware.
I don't understand why Thinkpad's are so particular about SSDs. But I have never had an issue with an Intel SSD in a ThinkPad. The work around is easy. If you ever reboot your system (for example after installing updates) and get the error, at the error screen just turn the system off and back on again (cold boot it) and the system initializes the drive just fine.
Again, this is not a Plextor drive issue. That same drive has zero issues in a desktop or in the other laptop.
People all over the the mac forums are saying to get the Intel 520 series SSD, but those are running around $240 for 120 gb. This one works great at $160 and I doubt you'd notice an 80 dollar difference in speed.
NOTE: If you aren't trying to run OS X on your mac to save space, you have to install OS X first to get the efi update for SATA controller speeds above 1.5 gb/s. The only way I could get it was by installing os x first, but then you can delete os x, and put windows on there.
No need to upgrade my 17" Toshiba laptop for a while now. 3+ yrs old and still works fine.
Now I want to upgrade my AMD 8 core 8150's hard drive to a SSD. That has to wait. :-(
Most Recent Customer Reviews
6 yrs old and still working great! Get around 250Mbps read and writePublished 12 months ago by Sully
Since this was my very first (and so far only) go at a SSD, I don't have a frame of reference how this drive stacks up with competing models. It works extremely well for me. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Andy
Before purchasing this SSD I was sold on the marketing of this product. It hasn't fail to live up to my expectations. Its fast and looks expensive. A very good purchase.Published on May 13, 2014 by Jay
Had this for over a year now and haven't had a single problem. It just works. Very fast, definitely changed my whole PC experience. Everything is just so much more responsive. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Squatch LOVES Milo
I purchased this SSD becsause I have been using Plextor Products for more than a decade without failures.
The drive is super fast and reliable. Read more
this is no exception, I like the looks and the performance. of course, since I have all this Plextor SCSI stuff, anything they put out is gonna get me hot and bothered.Published on January 3, 2014 by Hon Lee
IT was not represented correctly and I thought it was a computer and not storage, so I sent it back and my money was refunded without any problem but for a person who doesn't know... Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Fast, fast, fast! Glad I bought this to replace an OCZ that was iffy right out of the box, rocksPublished on November 14, 2013 by Paul G. McCartney