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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD with Xtreme 1.02 Firmware Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD with Xtreme 1.02 Firmware Review

Plextor announced its new M5 Pro Xtreme SSD at CES 2013, but M5 Pro owners also received a free performance increase thanks to new Xtreme firmware.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:40 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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SSDs slow when data resides on the NAND and because of that, we created the fill test. Using the 50% of NAND capacity full to gauge performance, the new firmware does slightly better than the launch firmware. The Samsung 840 Pro still takes the crown in this capacity size, though.

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