After testing several firmware updates from Plextor, I'm pleasantly surprised by the M6 Pro's performance. The drive isn't in the same league as Samsung's 850 Pro 128GB, but it's faster than many other 128GB class drives on the market today. Part of the performance increase comes from the new PlexTurbo cache software, but on its own, the M6 Pro 128GB performs reasonable well where performance counts, at low queue depths.
With that said, the M6 Pro 128GB SSD isn't perfect. With just 128GB of capacity, we really wonder if anyone would consider this product for gaming or power use. Games have increased in size, and a decent Steam collection will quickly chew through the available space. We really consider 256GB as the minimum capacity required at this time, and even then, users will find themselves needing more space.
We're glad to see Plextor getting the bugs and performance issues sorted, although it did take several months and a few firmware updates to get to this point. Better late than never, but a few early adopters did end up with bricked drives and lost data.
One area that stands out in the M6 Pro package is Plextor's generous accessory bundle. A few years ago, nearly every consumer SSD shipped with a nice accessory package, but those days are long gone. E-tail price wars pushed SSD manufacturers to find ways to shrink costs, and eliminating accessory bundles was a logical choice to cut costs.
The Plextor M6 Pro 128GB costs $90.99, but still ships with a few bells and whistles that some users would need and have to pay for if not included. Accessory packages and your needs should be considered when shopping for a new SSD. If you need the extras for installation, the M6 Pro comes with them.
PRICING: You can find the Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD 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 M6 Pro 128GB SSD retails for $88.35 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Plextor got its act together and fixed the issues on the M6 Pro. We don't recommend 128GB drives for gamers or power users, but if you don't need a lot of capacity and need accessories, this drive is pretty good for the price.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Initial Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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