Plextor M3 Pro 256GB SSD
Brushed aluminum is always a safe bet when making an attractive SSD.
Most of us could really care less about how an SSD looks unless the drive is going to be used in a highly modded system with visibility given to the storage array. On the functionality side the bottom mounting positions are where they should be.
Speaking of functionality, when it comes to ultrabook's that accept only 7mm Z-Height drives the Plextor M3 Pro is one of a very few drives on the market today that conform to this new standard.
The desktop adapter bracket allows you to install the drive in your desktop without fuss. The adapter keeps the SATA power and data connectors offset for systems with backplanes.
Here we can see the difference between the 128GB cache and the 256GB cache system. The 128GB model just had a single 256MB DDR3 cache chip while the two larger drives in this series use two 256MB cache chips.
The flash controller is on the opposite side of the flash. Plextor is using the Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 for this release. I was expecting to see a -BKK2, what we found on our M3 series sample. To date we've seen three different models, the other being -BJP2. Now that we are talking directly with Marvell we'll track down what the differences are.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Plextor M3 Pro 256GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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