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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD with Xtreme 1.02 Firmware Review - Benchmarks - Sequential Performance

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

HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 4.00

Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com

Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com

 

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

 

Benchmark: measures the performance

Info: shows detailed information

Health: checks the health status by using SMART

Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

Temperature display

 

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has gained popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.

 

 

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Just as we stated, some benchmarks will show a substantial improvement like this one that uses sequential reads to stress the drive. The new firmware puts the M5 Pro in the same league with the 840 Pro 256GB, at least in this test. OCZ's Vector looks weak in this test, but OCZ tiers their single queue depth reads so you have bandwidth when multitasking applications.

 

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The single queue depth write performance hasn't improved much with the new Xtreme firmware, but there was a noticeable improvement.

 

 

HD Tach - Sequential Write Performance after Random Writes

 

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The performance following heavy random writes has historically been an issue with most SSDs using Marvell hardware. The M5 Pro has tamed the issue quite a bit, but it's still not in the same class as LSI SandForce controllers. When shopping for an SSD though you want the best all around solution and not just corner case performance unless you are looking to enhance a specific application.

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