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Plextor M8PeY M.2 with AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 12, 2017 7:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Plextor

Final Thoughts

 

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It has been quite some time since Plextor has given us anything to rave about. We are very happy with the M8PeY mainly because it delivers exceptional moderate workload performance. It also did extremely well with our brutal Sledgehammer test.

 

These results are testament that Marvell's "Eldora" NVMe controller is indeed a force to be reckoned with. The Eldora controller is a cut above most, because it employs a highly advanced LDPC (low-density parity check) ECC engine. LDPC has lower overhead than standard BCC bit correction and at the same time extends the life of the drives flash array in comparison to BCC bit correction.

 

 

We are a bit disappointed that Plextor does not have their own NVMe driver because as we showed with our PCMark 8 storage testing, the M8Pe will greatly benefit from using an other-than Windows 10 NVMe driver. Never-the-less, even with the standard Windows 10 NVMe driver the M8Pe is capable of delivering top notch performance that will have your PC running like a champ whether it be an Intel or AMD Ryzen rig.

 

We like the fact that Plextor chose to go with high quality Toshiba 15nm MLC flash instead of TLC or even 3D TLC flash. MLC flash performs significantly better than TLC flash in any flavor especially over a Gen3 x4 PCIe interface.

 

In the case of the M8PeY variant, the drive comes with the best heat sink we've ever seen. There is no way the drive will ever get hot enough to throttle with a half-pound of solid aluminum sucking the heat away. The drive has a sleek attractive look to it that is sure to please.

 

Plextor's M8PeY M.2 with AIC NVMe PCIe SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Moderate Workload Performance
  • Premium Components
  • Sleek Design

 

Cons:

 

  • Sequential Write
  • Transfer Rate

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality96%
Features95%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: It's all about moderate workload performance, and the Plextor M8PeY delivers the goods.

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