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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

Plextor M8PeY M.2 with AIC NVMe PCIe SSD

 

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The drive ships in rather large attractive black themed packaging. The front of the packaging advertises the capacity of the enclosed SSD, its five-year warranty and NVMe interface.

 

 

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The back of the packaging lists some of the M8PeY's attributes and factory performance specifications.

 

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The drive is well protected by foam padding. The drive ships with both full height and half height mounting brackets.

 

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The top of the AIC is fully covered by the black and red solid aluminum heat sink. The White triangle is plastic and it is backlit with white LED's. The red portion of the heat sink is also plastic.

 

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The back of the AIC's PCB is devoid of surface mounted components. The heat sink on the opposite side is attached with four screws, one of which is covered with a tamper evident sticker.

 

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Removing the heat sink exposes the M.2 SSD and also voids the warranty. There is a row of built-in LED's that runs along the top edge of the card. There are more LED's in a triangle shape that backlight the plastic triangle that is attached to the heat sink.

 

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There is a thermal strip affixed to the underside of the heat sink that wicks heat from the drive.

 

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The M.2 module itself is a single sided 20mm x 80mm (2280) design. There are two 128GB 15nm Toshiba flash packages, a 512MB LPDDR3 Samsung DRAM package, and the Marvell 88SS1093 NVMe controller housed on this side of the PCB.

 

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The back of the SSD's PCB has no components.

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