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Plextor M3 Pro 256GB (PX-256M3P) Solid State Drive Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

We've seen the 128GB drive already and we were impressed with its performance - the 256GB model is faster.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%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

 

In our custom Vantage test we place a controlled amount of data on the drives and run the tests at various states of being full. The 50% fill test is our mark for determining the level of performance offered by an SSD.

 

Over the years we've seen the Marvell based drives take a big hit in these tests, as shown at the bottom of the chart with the Crucial m4 256GB. The Plextor M3 Pro has raised the bar for fill test performance, but the M3 Pro still doesn't outperform the Vertex 3 240GB here.

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