|Hard Drive||256 GB|
Plextor M5P Xtreme Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive PX-256M5PRO
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- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
- Capacity: 256GB
- Interface: SATA III
- Cache: 512 MB
- Power Connector: 15-pin SATA connector for DC 5V input
- Data Connector: 7-pin SATA connector
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This SSD is a beast. The M5 Pro Xtreme series is the current flagship SSD line from Plextor. To take full advantage of it's performance you must use a SATA-3 connection (6 Gbps).
In my tests, this drive outperformed my previous favorite, the Crucial M4, in every benchmark. The write speed was especially impressive, more than double that of the M4. For sequential and random write speeds of 512K blocks I was seeing well over 400 MB/s. Random Writes with small blocks was relatively impressive too, this is definitely my fastest SSD yet.
Results from Crystal DiskMark 3.0.2 x64
Sequential Read : 499.957 MB/s
Sequential Write : 435.998 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 382.922 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 418.593 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 29.496 MB/s [ 7201.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 63.714 MB/s [ 15555.2 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 338.130 MB/s [ 82551.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 312.972 MB/s [ 76409.1 IOPS]
In real world tests, I saw a boost in performance when I use this drive with Lightroom 5. That program is constantly updating a large database file and generating previews of images from RAW files. The boost in write speeds over the Crucial M4 was quite noticeable.
Reliability of SSDs have left me frustrated with this bleeding edge technology.Read more ›
Not only that, but this has a 5 year warranty, which puts me at ease cause I know if anything goes wrong, it will be covered.
At first I couldn't get the firmware to update, but I called in to support and they walked me throught it (I guess I should have read the instructions on updating it first) and got it updated.
Installed Windows 7 to it via USB and my motherboard(P8Z77 series) automatically set it to ACHI mode.
This SSD is said to be the fastest SSD in its category, it is definitely the fastest storage device I've ever used. I am also impressed by the 5 year warranty; these two factors led me to getting this SSD.
I was quite surprised with how fast this drive is. It kicks the crap out of my Kingston SSD Now! (older SSD drive that was admittedly budget but capable for what it was) and newer Corsair Force 3 (it’s decent but be sure to upgrade the firmware or you may have trouble). Uses Micron supplied flash memory. I’m using the firmware that it shipped with. No issues. Scored 7.9 on Windows 7 Experience Indexer. I think I'll be sticking with Plextor SSDs for future purchases - I'm impressed!
I'll update this review if anything changes or the drive fails, but for now... five stars easy.
I don't know if they sent me the old one back and I just didn't noticed or what, but this one died EXACTLY the same way the previous one did within a month of receiving it back from Plextor. Looks like I am going to have to RMA this one as well while I go without a hard drive on my desktop for 2 weeks. This drive is fast when it is working, it just obviously doesn't seem to last very long.
I have had it in multiple systems to test and see if it may be an issue with another component of my laptop or desktop, but the 3 other systems I've had it in all cannot recognize the drive. Hopefully Plextor resolves this issue, or replaces my hard drive, but I guess only time will tell if it fails in such a short period of time again.
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In the last 3 months my computer was freezing a lot of times and sometimes I saw windows blue screen of death.
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I have been a Plextor fan for years & started with dvd writers so I figured if they were that good the hard drives must be close and I was right. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by doug gibson
Read and write speeds are 500 MB a second. Definitly fastest ive had in a pc. Great product. Worth the moneyPublished on January 3, 2014 by Nick
Excellent SSD. Extremely fast. I installed on my desktop. Now my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Experience Index is 7.9.
Didnt think i could make my Dell Alienware M17X-R2 faster.I was wrong! This drive is the fastest ive ever used!Cant go wrong here!!!Published on October 2, 2013 by William Covington
This is my first ssd, and I am very impressed with its performance.
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