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Plextor M8PeY M.2 with AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review (Page 1)

Plextor M8PeY M.2 with AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Powered by Marvell's 88SS1093 NVMe controller and fortified with the industries best heat sink, Plextor's M8PeY AIC SSD is sure to please.

By Jon Coulter on Apr 12, 2017 02:51 pm CDT - 2 mins, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Plextor



It took us a bit to get it all setup, but we are now utilizing both Intel and AMD Ryzen platforms for our SSD testing. Ryzen is becoming wildly popular and as such we believe that SSD benchmarks on AMD's newest platform are a must.

We are excited by Plextor's first NVMe SSD, the M8Pe, because it is the first SSD to come across our bench that is based on Marvell's 88SS1093 Gen3 x4 NVMe controller. Marvell controllers are always exquisite pieces of engineering and we expect the 88SS1093 is no exception. Marvell controllers are supplied without firmware so buyers can customize the performance of the controller as they see fit. This means you won't be seeing Marvell controlled SSD's coming from smaller companies that do not have in-house firmware engineers.

Marvell's 88SS1093 NVMe SSD controller:


The M8PeY pairs Marvell's 88SS1093 8-channel "Eldora" controller with premium Toshiba 15mn MLC planar flash, a massive solid aluminum heat sink and Plextor's own custom firmware. The looks of the drive are as impressive as its heft (1/2 pound). In addition, for those of you that love flashy LED lighting, the M8PeY is just what you are looking for because it has plenty of it.

Plextor is marketing the M8PeY as a superior gaming SSD due to its flashy looks, superior cooling characteristics and sequential read/write performance. Plextor prides themselves on superior quality and backs it up with an industry best 2.4 million hour MTBF rating. Features include Plextor's exclusive TrueSpeed and TrueProtect technologies. TrueSpeed technology keeps long-term SSD performance at like-new speeds after periods of use and when the SSD is nearly full. TrueProtect technology is a multi-layered error checking mechanism automatically executed by the firmware. TrueProtect keeps data access error-free. Additionally, data accuracy is insured by Marvell's latest third generation LDPC bit correction which also provides extended endurance for the flash array.

There are three variants in the M8Pe Series. All three are based on the same M.2 x 2280 SSD module. The M8PeGN is a bare M.2 SSD. The M8PeG is an M.2 module with a small heat spreader and the model we have on the bench today, the M8PeY. The M8PeY has the M.2 SSD mounted on an HHHL AIC along with that massive solid aluminum heat sink we mentioned earlier.



The Plextor M8Pe series NVMe SSD is available in four capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The 256GB M8PeY we have on the bench today sports the following specifications:

  • Sequential Read: up to 2,000 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 900 MB/s
  • Max 4K Random Read Speed: up to 210,000 IOPS @ QD32
  • Max 4K Random Write Speed: up to 230,000 IOPS @ QD32
  • Endurance: up to 384 TBW
  • MTBF: 2.4 Million Hours
  • Warranty: 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • TRIM
  • Garbage Collection

The 256GB M8PeY is currently selling at Amazon and Newegg for: $169.99

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Jon Coulter


Jon Coulter became a computer enthusiast about the time Windows XP launched. Originally Jon was into water cooling and competitively benching ATI video cards with modified drivers. Jon has been building computer systems for himself and others by request for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted his system with an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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