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.
- Overall Performance
- Low Opening MSRP
- Exclusive Software
- Random Read at Above QD1
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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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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CDM & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - Vantage, PCMark 7, PCMark 8 & More]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfers]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks – 70/30 Mixed Workload & Sustained Sequential Write]
- Page 9 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]