Plextor M3 Pro 128GB SSD
Brushed aluminum is always a safe bet when making an attractive SSD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.