Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
We tossed Plextor's M5M 256 mSATA SSD into the ring with the fastest SSDs on the market today. Our M5M array was able to hold its own in a light usage scenario, but crumbled when subjected to our heavy duty usage testing.
It is fair to say that the M5M was never designed to perform in a heavy usage scenario simply because it's designed for laptop usage more than anything else. As a laptop SSD, in a light usage scenario, the M5M will serve you well. A desktop implementation of the M5M in an enthusiast setting is really out of the question.
Keep in mind that even though the M5M in an OS environment can barely hold its head above water in comparison to the leading SSDs on the market, it will still provide you with performance on an order of magnitude better than any SSHD or HDD; so, in that respect, there is definitely a viable market for the M5M, provided the price is right.
If you plan on using your M5M as a secondary device, e.g. in that unused mSATA slot on your laptop or desktop motherboard, then it is a drive that I would actually recommend you choose because it has excellent transfer performance, which is typically the primary function of a secondary storage device.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level and is something I recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back!
PRICING: You can find Plextor's M5M (256GB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Plextor M5M (256GB) retails for $179.86 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Drive Details, Test System Setup, Drive Properties, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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