Plextor M10P 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD review

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Specifications & Features

Specifications & Features

Plextor offers the M10p SSD in three capacities: 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB, but not in a 4TB configuration. The series will be equipped with 3D NAND flash memory that has been TLC-written (vertically stacked over 96 layers). This enables the organization to provide adequate storage volumes. As a result, 3D NAND is employed instead of planar NAND. 3D TLC NAND is not to be confused with chip stacking in a multi-chip package. 3D NAND stacks NAND layers, not chips, in a single integrated circuit. The good news is that costs are continuing to decline, die sizes are shrinking, and capacity per NAND chip is increasing.

The SSD achieves an advertised 7000 MB/sec sequential read speed when powered by the PCIe 4.0 ready AMD B550/X570 chipset and Intel Rocket Lake-S / Z590 processor – fourteen times the performance of many SATA SSDs and seventy times the performance of certain hard disk drives. The speed boost is due to PCIe 4.0's (PCI-Express Generation 4) significantly higher bandwidth, a feature that will be accessible to users for the first time with the AMD X570 chipset and 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors. The NVMe interface has been upgraded to the latest 1.4 protocol and high-density TLC NAND. It fits easily into a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot.

Innogrit high-performance controller

When we started testing the unit, we were surprised by its performance and access time. It was far better than we have seen with Similar Phison controlled products. Looking closer, Plextor makes use of a completely different controller, an Innogrit 1G5236FAA. Innogrit; a new player and startup on the market has recently appeared, which almost no one has heard of before.


It was founded in 2016 by a group of former employees of a business that you may recall, Marvell, whose opinions on the future, it appears, differed from those held by the company's management at the time. It appears that their efforts were not in vain, as the company revealed its first products with PCIe 4.0 support in the same year, officially showed them in early 2020, and they have already began to emerge on the market. Adata and Biwin revealed the usage of Innogrit IG5236 at the start of the project, with Patriot Memory and Plextor joining the mix more recently.



Powered by InnoGrits "Rainier" IG5236 controller, which provides up to 1 million IOPS 4K random access, the Innogrit 1G5236FAA controller with a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 interface can manage capacities of up to 8 TB and is capable of managing capacities up to 8 TB.

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