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Plextor M9Pe 512GB & 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Plextor

Plextor M9Pe PCIe NVMe SSD

 

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The front face of the packaging has an attractive RGB type look to it featuring every color of the rainbow. The drive's capacity is advertised as is the limited 5-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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Opening the inner box reveals the AIC drive is well protected by a thick molded plastic carrier tray. The GN model is protected by a clear plastic clamshell container.

 

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Front view of both drives.

 

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Rear view of both drives. The 512GB GN model is a single-sided design. The back half of the Y version is just the back half of the AIC adapter. The black color will go well with any color scheme.

 

 

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This side of the drive is where the RGB goodness is displayed.

 

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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 full-length thermal pad.

 

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A close-in view of the 2280 x M.2 module at the heart of the AIC version. Housed on this side of the PCB is the drive's controller, DRAM cache, and two of the drive's four 256GB BiCS 3 flash packages.

 

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This side of the PCB houses two of the drive's four 256GB flash packages.

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