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Plextor M8Se 256GB & 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 10:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Plextor

Plextor M8SeY 512GB M.2 with AIC PCIe NVMe SSD

 

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The front face of the packaging is blue and white themed. There is a wave pattern on it that is similar to the pattern found on the drive's heat sink. The drive's capacity is advertised as its limited 3-year warranty, NVMe interface, formfactor, and exclusive features.

 

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The back of the packaging lists factory performance specs for each capacity.

 

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Inside of the colorful outer packaging is a heavy-duty flip-top cardboard box.

 

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Opening the inner box reveals the drive is well protected by a thickly molded plastic carrier tray.

 

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The drive ships with a half-length mounting bracket as well as a pre-attached full-length bracket, a mounting screw, and a quick install guide.

 

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The front half of the drive features a solid aluminum heat sink. The black heat sink is full size and covers the entire AIC adapter card.

 

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The back half of the SSD is just the back half of the AIC adapter. The black color will meld well with any color scheme.

 

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Removing the heat sink voids the warranty and reveals the M.2 x 2280 SSD that is mounted to the drive's AIC adapter card. Looking at the underside of the solid aluminum heat sink, we find a thermal pad that makes contact with all of the heat generating components of the single-sided M.2 SSD.

 

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A close-in view of the drive's M.2 x 2280 single-sided SSD. This side of the SSD houses the drive's Marvell 88SS1093 NVMe controller, a low-power DDR3 Nanya DRAM package, and two 256GB Toshiba 15nm planar TLC flash packages.

 

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No components are housed on the back half of the PCB.

 

 

Plextor M8SeGN 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

 

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The front face of the packaging is blue and white themed. The drive's capacity is advertised as is its limited 3-year warranty, NVMe interface, formfactor, and exclusive features.

 

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The back of the packaging lists factory performance specs for each capacity.

 

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Inside of the colorful box is a clear plastic clam-shell container the protects the drive from shipping damage.

 

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A close-in view of the M8Se single-sided SSD. This side of the SSD houses the drive's Marvell 88SS1093 NVMe controller, a low-power DDR3 Nanya DRAM package, and two 128GB Toshiba 15nm planar TLC flash packages. The flash packages are covered by a manufacturer label.

 

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This side of the drive's dark green PCB is devoid of components.

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