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Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive Review - Plextor M3 Pro 128GB SSD

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

Plextor M3 Pro 128GB SSD

 

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Brushed aluminum is always a safe bet when making an attractive SSD.

 

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Most of us could really care less about how an SSD looks unless the drive is going to be used in a highly modded system with visibility given to the storage array. On the functionality side the bottom mounting positions are where they should be.

 

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Speaking of functionality, when it comes to ultrabook's that accept only 7mm Z-Height drives, the Plextor M3 Pro is one of a very few drives on the market today that conform to this new standard.

 

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The desktop adapter bracket allows you to install the drive in your desktop without fuss. The adapter even keeps the SATA power and data connectors offset for systems with backplanes.

 

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I have to admit I was a little worried about the densities of these new 24nm Toshiba Toggle Mode chips and if manufactures would be able to fit a full spread of eight chips in 128GB drives.

 

The Plextor M3 Pro, just like the M3 only gets a 256MB DDR3 cache on the 128GB model. I was hoping the 128GB Pro model would share the same 512MB buffer found on the 256GB and 512GB drives.

 

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The flash controller is on the opposite side of the flash. Plextor is using the Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 for this release. I was expecting to see a -BKK2, what we found on our M3 series sample. To date we've seen three different models, the other being -BJP2. Now that we are talking directly with Marvell we'll track down what the differences are.

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