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Plextor M3 / M3S 256GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:31 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Plextor

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AIDA64 offers several different benchmarks for testing and optimizing your system or network. The Random Access test is one of very few if not only that will measure hard drives random access times in hundredths of milliseconds as oppose to tens of milliseconds.


Drives with only one or two tests displayed in the write test mean that they have failed the test and their Maximum and possibly their Average Scores were very high after the cached fills. This usually happens only with controllers manufactured by JMicron and Toshiba.




Access time is the one area most users feel a difference when moving from a mechanical drive to a solid state drive. SSDs are so fast their access times are measured in microseconds rather than milliseconds like spinners. The Plextor M3 holds a solid line around .07ms, which is even lower than the Vertex 3's .15ms.




Write access time is a little less important than read access time, but you don't want your drive responding to requests slowly here either. The Plextor M3 is a solid performer with a .04ms average. This is quite a bit faster than the Vertex 3 240GB.

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