Plextor M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD Review

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Specifications & Features

What's the Plextor PCI-E SSD about?

So the idea and principles behind the product remain simple, SSDs placed onto a PCB delivering all the goodness over the PCIe bus is the essence of what we are talking about. The NAND flash type used has been changed to the newer and all to familiar 19nm series and last but not least, you'll spot a Marvell controller based.

The Plextor M6e BE is the first ultra-fast PCI Express SSD optimized for professional gamers. Next-generation high-speed components managed by custom-developed firmware maintain smooth, fast performance and unheard of stability for the perfect gaming platform. The M6e gives gamers the smooth ultra-fast professional-grade storage and the reassurance of Plextor's legendary quality and rock-solid reliability.

The M6e combines the latest generation Marvell 88SS9183 dual-core server-grade controller, carefully selected synchronous Toshiba Toggle NAND flash, with firmware developed and extensively tested by Plextor's in-house team. Providing updated True Speed technology guarantees that the M6e SSD will sustain long-term performance. The M6e's PCI Express interface delivers maximum sequential read/write speeds of 770/580 MB/s and random read/write speeds of 105K/100K IOPS. The M6e BE uses a PCI Express connection to achieve new performance records. It provides higher performance and bandwidth than conventional SATA connections.

Advanced next-generation form factors supported, the M6e can help gamers easily build extreme-performance gaming computers. Utilizing a PCI Express Gen 2 x 2, the M6e bypasses the SATA speed bottleneck to improve the gaming experience.

  • 48hr Sustained Read and Write Test
    Two days continuous 4K file read / write test, zero error pass requirement.
  • 4000 Times Idle Test–Sleep and Hibernation Test 
    After 24 hrs read & write SSD enters sleep (S3) mode and is woken after 5 minutes, repeated for hibernation (S4) mode, zero error pass requirement.
  • 250 Times Power Cycle–Cold and Warm Boot Tests
    Continuous cold boot and warm boot cycles 250 times, zero error pass requirement.

The M6e Black Edition is backed by a full five-year Plextor warranty with the reassurance of a network of repair centers and international technical support. An extensive technical support system will provide support throughout the drive's long life and make the M6e a performance upgrade that you can have total confidence in.

Specifications
Performance
Capacity 128GB 256GB 512GB
Buffer
DRAM Cache 256MB DDR3 512MB DDR3 1GB DDR3
Read/Write Speed (Under Windows NTFS)
Sequential Read Speed Up to 770 MB/s* Up to 770 MB/s* Up to 770 MB/s*
Sequential Write Speed Up to 335 MB/s* Up to 580 MB/s* Up to 625 MB/s*
Random Read Speed 
(IOPS 4KB)
Up to 96,000* Up to 105,000* Up to 105,000*
Random Write Speed 
(IOPS 4KB)
Up to 83,000* Up to 100,000* Up to 100,000*

* Results may vary based on hardware, software and overall system configuration.

Environment and Reliability
Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C (Operating)
Shock 1500G(Max), At 1 msec half-sine
Vibration 7 ~ 800Hz, 16.3Grms (Non-operation)
MTBF >2,400,000 hours
Warranty 5 years Plextor's Warranty Service



Compatibility
Operating System Supported Windows 7 x86 / x64, Windows 8 x86 / x64, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Linux series, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu
Agency Approval BSMI, UL, TUV, C-Tick, CE, KCC, VCCI, FCC, ROHS, CB
Command Set Support TRIM, S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
DATA Encryption AES 256
Firmware Upgrade Supported
Interface PCIe Gen2 x 2

Dimension and Weight
Dimension (W/L/H)
180.98 x 121.04 x 22.39 mm
Weight
72g (Max)

Now, don't let the numbers fool you. These are always best case scenarios and based on peak performance. Your sustained and linear writes will show different, yet still very fast performance. Good to know is that the M6e BE is bootable and does not need any drivers with Windows. Let's have a more detailed look at the actual product.


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