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Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Plextor hits back against Team SandForce. Today Chris looks at the new high-end 128GB drive that is the talk of the internet.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 1:25 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Plextor

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.

 

- Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading

 

Our version is a little more complicated, but we feel it is a more accurate representation of your real-world usage. Using the 50% full state as our guide (middle bar in each pairing) we determine the Vantage score with the drives half full. The Plextor M3 Pro technically is a little slower than the OCZ Vertex 3 in this state, but the numbers are very close.

 

There aren't many drives on the market that can compete with the Vertex 3 like this, but the Plextor M3 Pro is doing a very good job closing the gap.

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