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Plextor 512 GB SATA III Solid State Drive PX-512M5P
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- Exclusive and superior firmware Random read/write up to 94,000/86,000 IOPS Sequential read/write 540/450 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
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I owned another SSD here known for competitive pricing and decent (but not stellar) performance: The M4... Looking at the reviews here initially, it looked great. But on closer inspection, there were quite a few stories of instant death after x months of ownership. Firmware updates fixed a lot of these but there were still quite a few on their own forums where the firmware was not the issue. Some M4s still died regardless of having the latest firmware (well, the latest-latest version has issues now, so the one before that.) With all of these reports I couldn't get over the feeling that my SSD was a ticking-time-bomb. Or at least a time-bomb in a lottery of possible ticking-time-bombs.
So I looked around for an SSD that combined reliability, performance and to a lesser extent, pricing and availability. I was looking at the Samsung 840. Even per-ordered it for a couple of hundred dollars more... But it didn't arrive on the estimated date (or at all).. And it was a couple of hundred dollars more.. I could have gotten the 830 but I wanted the latest, which the 830 wasn't. It was also a couple of hundred dollars more.
Which let me to find this model, the Plextor M5P. A few things that made me decide on this one: the 5 year warranty (nice but not enough), the 2.4 million hours MTBF rating. (1.2 million more than the M4), Toshiba Toggle NAND --known as the Gangnam Style of NANDs. ("Toshiban GangNAND Style" is their official tag line) Apple actually uses Toshiba NAND SSDs when they're not using Samsungs. So you know it's good --or at least hipster-glasses-wearing-cool.Read more ›
For your average consumer, any mid to high end SSD is going to be fast enough. You just will not see a big difference outside of synthetic benchmarks. Gaming, browsing, photo editing, and office work don't demand the sort of speed needed to highlight the difference between fast SSDs. Faster drives are great, but companies need to focus on reliability and quality control, which is where Plextor shines.
Top-tier performance, there are only a handful of faster drives on the market
5 year warranty
Plextor has a history of reliablility
Uses new 19nm NAND. Smaller processes tend to mean lower endurance, although Toshiba is rumored to rate this memory at 3K, just like their previous line.
Anandtech's testing showed some performance inconsistencies under non-consumer usage patterns.
I wanted a new SSD for my main laptop, a Toshiba Qosmio that had an original 500gb Hitachi HDD running at 7200 rpms. My computer is an I7 Core with 8 gbs ram installed. Anyway, I did a lot of research and had 3 SSDs in mind. The OCZ Vertex 4, the Samsung 840 Pro, and this Plextor PX-512M5P in mind. I did a lot of research over 2 days, looking at all the reviews on the Internet, specifically the ones from Tom's Hardware and Anandtech. They do great research. The OCZ ranked the highest in terms of over performance but the research I found indicated some inconsistencies over random write vs sequential write, where the OCZ dropped drastically. The Samsung ranked among the highest in terms of performance and reliability.
I wanted the Samsung but Amazon had it sold out, and it was $570 dollars for 512 gb. The OCZ was $429 but in some of the research articles I read, OCZ had the highest rate of return, meaning customers returned them. It was about 10% and Samsung and Plextor were in the .25% range. Now OCZ did have some firmware updates that you can apply which supposively fixed the problem but I wanted a SSD out of the box that I didn't have to worry about updating the firmware. As you can see in the other reviews for OCZ, the vast majority of people love it, and have had no issues.
Plextor has good consistency and reliability and performance, and I didn't need the fastest SSD so I opted for the Plextor. Believe me, as what everyone says, a good SSD blows a regular HDD out of the water. Do not be scared of the complexity of cloning your HDD to SSD.Read more ›
90-95% as fast as the best drives out there
Rock solid build quality and support
Real world experience based on a 1366 i7 950 with 12GB of Kingston 1600
This drive could and will outperform my cpu and ram, will last me 3-5 years, and then be resold to kick ass in another persons machine
Boot up is very quick. I use the machine for some SW development work and noticed significant performance gains (even though I can't use the M5 to its full potential due to the SATA II limitation of my machine), e.g. when compiling code, running a local MySQL server, or running a virtual machine.
So far, no issues with reliability or wake-up from sleep/hibernation. Main reason for purchase was Plextor's apparently good reputation regarding reliability. Bought this as a replacement for a Crucial m4 512GB drive, which had various reliability issues.
Update May 2013: After 4 months, the SSD started to show signs of failure (disk controller errors in the event log, non-correctable error count increasing in the SMART data, blue screens, some data corruption) under FW 1.03. The SSD was then replaced on warranty. The new one worked flawlessly for 1 month, and has now started to show the same signs (original FW 1.03, then updated to 1.05). This was in a different laptop in order to exclude other possible problem sources (though the CPU and chipset of both laptops are exactly of the same make and model - Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7300/GM965/ICH8-ME). This is after only 400GB of data writes to the disk (according to the Plextool software).
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Made my Lenovo W51 laptop much faster. Figure I will get a few more years out of this PC.Published 22 months ago by Hank Smith
I have had this drive in my work laptop since December 11th 2012....almost 2 years. This laptop runs 24x7 and is effectively a desktop replacement. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quick, reliable, excellent build quality, great features. Highly recommended. AND CANNOT believe the difference in speed in my system. Great choice.Published on January 30, 2014 by Vincent D.
This SSD consistently surfaced near the top of many reviews and is made by a reliable company - Plextor. I've been one for a while now and am pleased. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by gattaca
This is a beautiful product. Breathed new life in an older product. Performance is excellent and wouldn't go back to a traditional hard disk again.Published on June 11, 2013 by Dale Chun
This was a very fast drive while it functioned. After about a week my computer suddenly froze. Upon rebooting the laptop it wouldn't even post. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Shawn M
I put this in a Sony SVE14 series and get about 490MB/s throughput. In Windows 8 it takes about 8 seconds to boot. It's amazingly fast with several Hyper-V VMs that I use.Published on January 7, 2013 by MoonShadow
Had a trouble getting the system to recognize the drive at first, but a call to tech support solved the issue. Load speeds are really fast.Published on January 7, 2013 by TVP
I have an Acer Timeline I bought in October of 2009. It has a lower end dual core pentium processor. Recently I started having hard drive issues. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by J. P.