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Plextor M8V 512GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 13, 2018 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Plextor

Final Thoughts

 

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The M8V is proof positive of Plextor's commitment to continued support for the legacy SATA interface. The M8V takes advantage of the newest 64-layer flash technology, ensuring better performance at a lower price point than planar or 32-layer flash can deliver. At this point in SATA SSD evolution, the legacy bus technology has been pretty much maxed out. So, this means that going forward price and capacity become a more important factor than absolute performance when considering a SATA SSD upgrade.

 

Looking back at our testing results, we see that the Plextor M8V delivers excellent sequential read/write performance. Some of our tests showed the M8V to have less than stellar overall random performance at higher queue depths. But, the M8V more offsets this by delivering exceptional low queue depth performance when reading from the drives PlexNitro SLC layer. Looking at our real-world simulations reveals another side of the M8V, and that is exceptional moderate workload performance. Most impressive was the M8V outperforming three out of the four competing 64-layer flash-based SSDs in our test pool when running SYSmark.

 

 

We feel that the Plextor M8V represents one of the better values on the market today. With an opening MSRP of just $148 the Plextor M8V 512GB is priced to our liking and it does come with several exclusive value-adds including PlexTurbo, PlexCompressor, PlexVault and Plextool making it an even more attractive option.

 

In terms of user experience, the M8V delivered the goods. Even when running as a system disk 75% full, the M8V still performed almost as well as it does empty. This is what we want from an SSD, great performance in a typical user setting. The M8V performed well easily handling any task we threw at it which is why the Plextor M8V 512GB SATA III SSD is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Overall Performance
  • Low Opening MSRP
  • Exclusive Software

 

Cons:

 

  • Random Read at Above QD1

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality95%
Features95%
Value95%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: With its strong price point, exclusive features, and strong performance, the Plextor M8V represents one of the best values on the market today.

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