|Hard Drive||128 GB|
Plextor 128 GB SATA III Solid State Drive PX-128M5P
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- Exclusive and superior firmware Random read/write up to 91,000/82,000 IOPS Sequential read/write 540/3400 MB/s Enterprise-grade Marvell Monet Controller
- TrueSpeed Technology for sustained high performance Supports full AES-256 encryption TrueProtect Technology for highest data protection
- Ironclad 5-year warranty for total piece of mind
The M5 Pro Series SSD continues to delivers the highest quality storage performance in the industry. Continuing with the legacy and award-winning performance of its predecessors, the M5 Pro SSDs are engineered to optimize consistent high performance, extremely reliable, and provide the highest data protection. Multi-Tasking and Ultra-High Performance with TrueSpeed The combination of the latest Marvell enterprise-grade controller 88SS9187 controller and the best quality Japanese Toshiba Toggle NAND flash creates M5 Pro with enterprise-class performance. It has the ability to consistently deliver random read / write speeds up to 91,000/82,000 IOPS and sequential read/write speeds up to 540/340 MB/s making M5 Pro suitable for use in a heavy workstation, server role, or Raid 0 configuration. Even under heavy loads the multi-core controller and exclusive Plextor firmware make the M5 Pro extremely fast, reliable and stable. M5 Pro SSD is engineered with exclusive firmware featuring TrueSpeed Technology, including Plextor’s proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies that optimize performance. True Speed is designed to maintain M5 Pro’s high performance read/write speeds at like-new levels throughout the life of the drive. Enterprise-grade Double Data Protection Plextor’s unique double-data protection system protects the integrity and confidentiality of data. Data are stored with total confidence of accuracy through the newest 128-bit error correction code built in the controller and the unique data hold-out algorithm programmed with Plextor’s exclusive firmware. For data confidentiality, the M5Pro supports full drive encryption with an Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 bit algorithm using its US Government AES-validated Marvell controller.
Top Customer Reviews
GOOD: Been running a pair of these in RAID 0 since day 1.
Fast, works flawlessly.
Consistent read and write, period.
BAD: I want to update the firmware, but risk of losing everything on the drives.
OVERALL:This product is not the lowest $/GB, but its great value for the performance and reliability.
+good performance (I'm using this drive to play diablo 3, cyrsis, dota2)
+no issue so far (from windows 7 fresh install, windows 8 upgrade)
- a bit pricey compared to other brand
- no SATA cable included
4 stars because of the price, so far I'm quite happy with the product. you can read the technical review from here [...]
I'll update again this review in near future :)
26 July 2013
still going strong :) I don't have any issue so far.
log in screen doesn't even have a chance to finish ! Installation is very straight forward
Everything installed without a hitch, quality of build is very well built.
Out-of-the-box, this drive did not even meet the manufacturer's specs. It is rated for 540 MB/s read and 340 MB/s write (sequential). I smiled when I saw 550 MB/s reads, but then frowned once I saw it could barely muster 255 MB/s write. That's down almost 100 MB/s from spec. OK, for all you that are new to SSDs, with all the current crop of SSDs, the manufacturer's performance specs are a 1-time deal when the drive is brand new and NOTHING has ever been written to the drive. Once it has, the drive will drop down to a significantly slower performance level. In essence, it is truly "up to" the published specs.
So, I proceeded to put about 60GB of files onto this drive. 128 GB is not very big, but my typical OS, applications, and some pics, music, and what-not is about that big, leaving about 1/2 left. SSDs really do not like to be run full due to wear leveling algorithms and the drive itself needing free space to rewrite and combine small files into its internally large blocks.
Well, I was shocked to see the speeds plummet to only 142 MB/s read and 136 MB/s write. Actually, I was impressed with what seemed like good write speeds as I looked for and grabbed some directories of files to copy. But, seriously, this is only after maybe 10 or 20 minutes of use! You can look at the ATTO and HDTune results in the customer photos. I then deleted all the files, quick formatted it, and let it sit for 1/2 day to allow any TRIM/garbage collection to take place and restore the drive's performance. This is the "TrueSpeed" Plextor talks about. Well, after 1/2 day of sitting powered-up, essentially no difference, and in fact, maybe a hair worse.
So, I give it 2 stars for performance. I have older G2 Intel drives and Intel 320 drives that have been literally beat on for years (Vista without TRIM, TrueCrypt encrypted, RAIDed, etc.) that have better performance without ever needing to run Intel's SSD Toolbox to restore or secure erase/reset them. Yes, the garbage collection in Intel's early SSDs is really that good (before they went to 3rd-party controllers). So, next I began looking for the equivalent of Intel's SSD Toolbox or Samsung's SSD Magician. This retail product is supposed to come with a CD with utilities, etc. It's also supposed to come with an Installation Manual. Maybe that information was on the CD? I will never know because mine did not come with either. Minus another star. Down to 1 star.
Hours of surfing later, I finally found the Plextor SSD tool. But, alas, it is in their forums. So, I have to create an account in order to access it. But, WTH? The link to the file gives a 404 Not Found. This is despite it being posted by one of the moderators/admins only 5 months ago. I eventually found some discussion (on a different forum) that the Plextor tool doesn't support the M5/Pro drives anyway, and that they are working on it. I'd take off another star for terrible support, but there aren't any stars left.
Well, it seems nothing is going to clean up this drive which was rendered useless after about 20 minutes of use. Compared to this drive, honestly, I will stick with my older Intel G2 drives which give comparable write performance (years later) and 2X the read performance, despite being SATA2.