We threw the 256GB Plextor M6V into the fire with larger capacity drives half expecting it to get burned. We didn't expect to find the M6V would outperform the larger capacity drives, many powered by the same controller, but that's what happened. The M6V is the first SSD we've tested that's powered by Toshiba 15nm MLC toggle flash, and we are pleasantly surprised by how well it performs.
Comparing the M6V to the BX100 and the Reactor, it is pretty clear that 15nm Toshiba MLC flash outperforms 16nm Micron MLC flash. We like Plextor's choice of flash, and their custom firmware seems to give it an edge over much of the competition. PlexTurbo is a nice value add that delivers a significant performance boost and increases flash endurance.
Plextor's M6V is not just another SM2246EN powered SSD. Overall, it's the best performing SM2246EN powered drive we've tested to date. Keep in mind that the 512GB capacity M6V will have even better performance. With SSDs trending toward TLC flash, the Plextor M6V is a low-cost alternative powered by quality MLC flash making it one of the better drives on the market today.
Plextor's M6V is TweakTown recommended.
- Quality 15nm Toshiba MLC Toggle Flash
- Full 256GB Capacity
- No accessories
- Sequential Write Speed
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a low-cost SSD with MLC flash, the M6V is a nice option that has a little more under the hood than most of the competition.
PRICING: You can find the Plextor M6V 256GB SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Plextor M6V 256GB SATA III SSD retails for $100 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Plextor M6V 256GB SATA III SSD retails for £84 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Max IOPS, Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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