Version and / or Patch Used: 2012 1.5
The Plextor M6S scored in the middle of the pack in our notebook battery life test at just over 268 minutes on our Lenovo W530 with a six-cell battery.
PCMark 8 - Trace Based Power Testing
Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.228
It's been several months since we published this type of power test. When we changed over to Windows 8, our driver had an issue so we moved the data logging meter to another system that uses Windows 7. At the same time, we moved over to PCMark 8 for the test. The one power state we cannot see in this test is DEVSLP since we have low power states disabled on the system to increase performance.
Plextor has a strong relationship with Toshiba, the NAND flash manufacturer for the M6S. Having a relationship and owning a fab are still two completely different things. If Plextor is able to get the TSOP toggle flash cheap enough, then the M6S has a chance of being your next SSD. Flash is the most expensive component in a consumer SSD, so the price of flash plays a significant role in the product cost.
Plextor's MSRP for the M6S products is almost laughable in 2014 for a mainstream SSD offering. Just days before the product launch, Plextor sent over the MSRP information. The 256GB model we reviewed today costs $249.99. That's higher than the Intel 730 enthusiast SSD (Newegg $229.99) and higher than the new Crucial M550 (Newegg $168.99) with an 8-channel controller that offers higher performance.
Performance wise, the M6S doesn't blow the doors of other products on the market, but it's not designed to take on the high-end, enthusiast class SSDs. As a mainstream SSD with a low price point, the drive is good, but the line between mainstream and performance SSDs is currently blurred. Mainstream SSDs are now capable of delivering high IOPS performance, even at low queue depths.
The M6S employs DEVSLP (dev sleep) for very low power consumption at idle. The drive doesn't use a lot of power under load either. Aside from DEVSLP, the M6S also supports hardware encryption for TCG Opal and eDrive. The accessory package is very thin, though, as is the average three-year warranty for this price point. We can only hope the e-tail prices are around half of the MSRP.
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