SSD technology offers a remarkable new alternative to the traditional hard drive. Solid State Drives have no moving parts making them extraordinarily resistant to mechanical breakdown, temperature change, and shock. The military and aerospace industries use SSD technology because of its stability and durability even under the most demanding conditions.
Solid State Drives are the new gold standard for performance. They are the drive of choice for power users, serious gamers, system integrators, and other users who demand fault tolerant performance when multiple system resources are in use.
Plextor’s M5 Solid State Drives are available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models. All models are compatible with both notebooks and desktops. And since drives do not require space for storage disks, all models retain the same slim and concise design measuring only 2.5 inches” x .3” x 4”.
Fast Just Got Faster
All of Plextor’s Solid State Drives feature the SATA 6Gb/s interface along with the industry’s most advanced Marvell Controller. Plextor’s SSD seek/read/write speeds now allow reading and transfer of data many times faster than SSDs with SATA II interface.
Rock Solid Stability
With Plextor’s Instant Restore Technology, problems of slower performance often associated with prolonged usage are virtually eliminated. In addition, Plextor supports Windows 7 TRIM out of the box. This advanced garbage collection technique reorganizes data to maximize the number of free cells and keep data transfer rate performance “like new.”
Maximizing SSD Life
Plextor’s 256MB DDR3 cache buffer helps stabilize the SSD—reducing seek/read/write time of flash memory and providing a quicker transfer rate and prolonging the product lifespan. Dynamic Wear Leveling Technology averages out the write cycles on each cell which further increases SSD product lifespan by reducing memory wipe-outs.
- by David_W @Aug 17, 2012
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
256MB DDR3 Cache
Random Read (IOPS 4K): 71,000
Random Write (IOPS 4K): 51,000
SATA Revision 3.0 compliant, suppoorts SATA 6/3/1.5 Gb/s
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Awesome brand, Plextor drives have a great reputation and my experience with this SSD still surprises me when switching between computers. Sadly the price isn't falling as much for the larger capacity since I want to put my Steam folder on an SSD. This drive is doing all I want with speed, no configuration necessary (just install with the other drives disconnected first) and hasn't caused me any issues in the over a year I've had it.
Used one of these SSDs in a HTPC build for my brother. Worked like a charm with Windows 8. Make sure you have AHCI mode set in your bios, which is the default option in most newer motherboards.
I've had this SSD for about a month. So far, it's been rock solid. Being brand new, there was no firmware to update. I liked that it used the Marvell controller and not Sandforce. Time will tell if it's as solid as the Crucial m4 but there doesn't seem to be any reason that it won't be. Read times are amazingly fast and write isn't that bad. Overall, recommended.
Bought two of these a little while ago, both for relatively new builds. I never used an SSD before, and I had no clue they were this fast! It worked straight out of the box, and I had no problems installing windows 7 on it (aside from silly user errors, but I digress). Definitely something I would buy again.
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