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Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 10, 2015 3:10 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Plextor

Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD

 

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Plextor pulled out all of the stops with the M6 Pro products. As you can see here, even the retail box is flashy.

 

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The retail package shows us a lot of information about the product, including specifications, features, warranty, a support number, and a list of everything included in the package.

 

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The presentation is very nice. The inner box opens, and you see the SSD in a foam holder with the texture of crushed velvet.

 

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Most SSDs no longer ship with a desktop adapter bracket or a SATA cable. Plextor includes the adapter bracket and cable, along with the software disk and three papers that provide warranty terms, support numbers, and installation instructions.

 

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The SATA cable Plextor ships along with the M6 Pro is very nice. It's much thinner than a normal SATA cable, like the ones you get with new motherboards. The software disk includes NTI Echo 3, NTI Backup Now EZ 3, and NTI Quick Start Guides.

 

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Plextor is a Japanese brand, and they love champagne brushed aluminum. This finish started appearing on high-end home audio gear in the '80s. Even today, limited edition A/V gear still ships in this finish; it looks very good.

 

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The model and serial numbers are listed on the back of the drive with the notations of the drive capacity and firmware version shipped with the drive.

 

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The M6 Pro series products all use a 7mm z-height case design, so this SSD will fit in a newer notebook or Ultrabook that requires the slim design.

 

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Inside, we found a Marvell 88SS9187 multi-core controller paired with Nanya DRAM and Toshiba A19 MLC flash.

 

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The 88SS9187 controller has been around for a few generations now. Companies like Plextor need to develop the firmware used on the drives in-house.

 

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The MLC flash is Toshiba's second generation 19nm. Toshiba calls the flash "A19."

 

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The 128GB M6 Pro ships with 256MB of DDR3 DRAM to cache table data.

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