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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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Plextor M5P Xtreme Series PX-256M5Pro 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB
Brand Name Plextor
Item model number PX-256M5PRO
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 0.4 x 4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.8 x 0.4 x 4 inches
Color Silver
Flash Memory Size 256

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ASIN B00B5BRIA8
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4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,023 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Solid State Drives
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available January 23, 2013

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I've been a fan of Plextor products for a long time, ever since I started buying their CD burners in the late 1990s. My Plextor DVD burner from 2006 still works like as well as the day I bought it. When I learned that Plextor was getting into the SSD market I was intrigued.

PERFORMANCE
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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
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Reliability of SSDs have left me frustrated with this bleeding edge technology.
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Easy to install and clone my OS onto the SSD. And the speed difference is like night and day. I would never go back to using a regular hard drive again.

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.
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Easy to install in my desktop(which has some 2.5" SSD screw holes in the drive bays), very fast performance. Also comes with 3.5" bracket if you need it.

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.
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Plextor makes quality drives. I've heard about this manufacturer's reliability, so I elected to give them a try.

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.
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I had this drive for almost 12 months before it failed the first time. Emailed Plextor customer service who responded and sent me a RMA number. After I paid postage to send it out to them, I received back in about 10 days. The drive worked fine for about a month, and this is where I am now.

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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This thing is great. My Core i5 boots up and is ready to listen to me in exactly 17 seconds now. It also runs cooler, which was a primary reason I got this--the famous HP overheat is much better now.
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Believe me! Reviews say it is fast and convenient and I say RIGHT on point. This ssd is a beast. My cloning experience was not a smooth one but I finally managed it and boy the speed scores doubled before my very eyes. I didn't have to re-boot or update the BIOS. Plextor M5P Xtreme 256GB went to work. I have to admit though that during the cloning I experienced the shock of my life when my 1TB HDD appeared to be larger than the 256 Plextor Pro capacity. I took my time to read everything on cloning to realized that "partioning cloning" would do the trick and it did. I have so much free space on the Plextor and so much speed. I am recommending Plextor M5P Xtreme to one interested in speed and durability, go Plextor!
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