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Plextor M3 Pro 256GB (PX-256M3P) Solid State Drive Review - Plextor M3 Pro 256GB SSD

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

Plextor M3 Pro 256GB 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 keeps the SATA power and data connectors offset for systems with backplanes.


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Here we can see the difference between the 128GB cache and the 256GB cache system. The 128GB model just had a single 256MB DDR3 cache chip while the two larger drives in this series use two 256MB cache chips.


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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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