Plextor's M8Se is certainly the fastest planar TLC-based SSD to come across our bench. But, that's not saying much in the grand scheme of things. We expected to see far worse performance, but we were pleasantly surprised by what the M8Se was able to deliver. One thing we want to alert our readers to is firmware. If by chance you get your own M8Se and it is sporting 1.00 firmware, immediately update to 1.01 firmware. We found a problem with 1.00 firmware that only manifests itself when the drive is loaded up with data. We alerted Plextor of the issue, they identified it and responded with 1.01 firmware which fixed the issue.
We are very pleased with the synthetic performance that the M8Se delivers. It's low queue depth random read performance is stellar, and that is a very important consideration when considering any SSD for a system disk for consumer applications. Similarly, its low queue depth sequential read performance is a cut above what we typically see from most SSDs.
In terms of overall performance when running moderate workloads, you can expect the M8Se to deliver moderate workload performance that is equivalent to Samsung's popular 250GB 960 EVO. If Plextor were to develop a proprietary NVMe driver, we could expect quite a bit more from the M8Se. We would really like to see Plextor, as well as others, offer a NVMe driver for Windows 8.1-10.
Even though the M8Se doesn't deliver earth-shattering benchmarks, it does deliver an excellent user experience. We were very pleased with the M8Se in that regard. The drive is fast and responsive – giving us the user experience we are looking for from an NVMe SSD. As SSDs go, the M8Se is a mid-level performer and is indeed worthy of your consideration. For those of you that are into looks, the M8SeY has got you covered and then some. We would have to say that the M8SeY is probably the best looking SSD we've seen to date. The drive is fast, runs cool and really delivers the bling when powered on.
The M8Se isn't the fastest, but it is plenty fast enough for the average user and not just by the numbers, but more importantly, by the user experience it delivers. With these things in mind, we have no reservation in awarding Plextor's M8Se NVMe SSD a TweakTown recommendation.
- Synthetic Performance
- Sleek Design
- No SSD Management Tool Box
- Write Transfer Rate
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: Plextor's M8Se delivers an excellent user experience and the AIC version looks fantastic.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup, Drive Properties & SSD Toolbox]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - Vantage, PCMark 7, PCMark 8 & SYSmark 2014 SE]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks – 70/30 Mixed Workload & Sustained Sequential Write]
- Page 9 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]