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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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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 94,000/86,000 IOPS and sequential read/write speeds up to 540/450 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.
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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. I bought a software called Apricorn (which I used before and did a review on it) and it made copying soooo easy. Took about 2 hrs 30 mins to copy a 500 gb HDD to the 512 gb SSD. Everything worked flawlessly with the Apricorn program. Now Plextor did include it's own copy program called NTI Echo but I decided to use Apricorn instead.
Anyways, here were my times with the HDD vs SSD
From the time I clicked on the Power button until I got the Windows Password login screen
HDD 39.93 secs, SSD 30.82 secs. Not much change there.
From the time I entered my password and clicked enter, until the time Windows started and my 17 start programs were loaded.
HDD 54.30 secs, SSD 10 secs. The speed just blew me away.
HDD 24.41 secs, SSD 9.52 secs
My Windows Experience went from a 5.9 with the HDD to a 6.9 with the SSD. I'm sure others got 7.6-7.9 using the OCZ Vertex 4 and Samsung 840 Pro but like I said before, I don't need the fastest SSD as I do not really do video editing or photo editing or running virtual machines. 6.9 is fast enough for me, and with the price and reliability, I am one happy camper. I'll give another update if anything comes up.
If you were on the wall debating if you need a SSD or not, if you can afford one, it is well worth it. Although you read that SSD have a limited life, unless you write 50 gbs of data a day, on a normal use, the SSD will last 10-15 years, and the utilities that comes with the SSD will give you the estimated lifespan too. Plus, you would be replacing your computer way before then too.
Update 12/28/12 Ok, it looks like there are no SSD monitoring tools that came with the drive. It's not mandatory that you have on but I like to have one available so I can see the life expectancy of the drive, and the health of the drive. This would help if you needed to do backup or get another SSD. There are some free monitoring programs out that like SSD-Life that I downloaded but it didn't work. Since this Plextor is new, I think it isn't yet supported. I emailed the SSD-Life support to see if that is the case, and when they would support it.
Update 12/29/12 I installed the trial version of SSDLife Pro and it did work. It does tell you if the drive is healthy but unable to tell you the estimated life remaining as it says the drive does not give out read/write information.
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.
Make sure and install this speedy drive in the primary hard drive location, the optical drive interface on many notebooks is not necessarily full SATA speed, as most optical drives do not require it.
I am very impressed with the maintenance of deleted files and SSD speed in the firmware of this drive. Top choice!
Sooooo, I went to my local Staples and got Windows 8 professional (cheap!) and installed it on this drive. The install went very fast, which gave me reason to hope the performance would be good. After finishing the install and installing the applications I wanted, I timed the bootup: Less than 25 seconds from pressing the power switch to surfing the internet. Amazing! My old hard drive was taking 10 minutes to boot, towards the end.
I'm impressed with the boot speed and the speed with which applications open. My old low-end laptop feels brand new now. I can take the money I would have spent on a new laptop and buy something fun like a tablet.
EDIT: 4/9/2014 Here it is over a year later and this drive is still functioning perfectly. My almost 5-year-old low end laptop (Acer 1810TZ) boots super fast and opens applications quickly. It's about time to replace the laptop due to wear and tear but the drive is a keeper.
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