Subject: Storage | November 26, 2012 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plextor, m5 pro, ssd, marvell 88SS9187, toggle NAND
Hopefully at some point NewEgg will refresh their stock of Plextor's 256GB and 512GB M5 Pro SSDs, as both offer the same rated speed and a price just under $1/GB. The Marvell controller they are using is one we have seen before, the Indilinx Everest 2 controller found in the OCZ Vertex 4. The Guru of 3D pitted the 256GB model against numerous MLC SSDs and it trended towards the top of the results, not the fastest but consistent in being among the best performers in all tests. Another benefit to the drive is the 5 year warranty, something which is becoming all too rare in storage devices.
"In this article we test, benchmark and review the Plextor M5 Pro series SSD. Plextor has developed this product alongside a marvel controller tied to 256GB of NAND flash memory it is amongst the fastest drives we have ever tested. We sure have lots to talk about alright. The 256GB models have sutained read/write levels of 540 MB/sec and 450 MB/sec respectively.
And with 4K random write performance estimated at 86,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) it's dressed to impress alright. Have a peek, after which we'll dive into the technology behind it and obviously we'll present you a nice phat performance overview."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- SandForce TRIM Issue & Corsair Force Series GS (240GB) @ AnandTech
- Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 7mm 240 GB @ LanOC Reviews
- Crucial v4 (256GB) @ AnandTech
- Intel SSD 335 240GB @ Hardware.info
- ADATA SP300 24GB mSATA @ eTeknix
- Western Digital RE 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Icy Dock MB153SP-B "FatCage" 3-in-2 SATA Backplane Module @ Hi Tech Legion
- Icy Dock MB996SP-6SB 6-Bay 2.5" Drive Cage @ Tweaktown
- RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-3640SU3 USB 3.0 Quad Bay Enclosure Review @ NikKTech
- Lexar JumpDrive Triton 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Lexar Media 32GB Triton USB 3.0 Jump Drive Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Thecus N5550 NAS with Western Digital Red Drives @ LanOC Reviews
- Thecus N2800 NAS @ X-bit Labs
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2012 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plextor, m5 pro, ssd, toggle NAND, Marvell, Monet 88SS9187-BLD2
The Plextor M5 Pro introduces both Toshiba's new 19nm toggle NAND and Marvell's new 8-channel dual core Monet controller. [H]ard|OCP tried out the 256GB model, availble for $250, and were impressed not only by the performance but also the error correction abilities and the system utilities which were included. They were disappointed that the familiar Plextool software is not supported by this drive but they feel it is only a matter of time before Plextor remedies that issue. Check out the results of the benchmarks in their full review.
"Plextor brings the M5 Pro with the new Marvell Monet controller powering its banks of high performance Toshiba Toggle NAND. This is the debut of the first SSD with 19nm Toshiba Toggle NAND, the debutof the new Marvell Monet 88SS9187-BLD2 controller. We take a look and see what these new components bring to the table."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Mushkin 7mm Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review @HiTech Legion
- Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD @ SPCR
- Mach Xtreme MX-DS Turbo 120 GB SLC @ techPowerUp
- The Truth About SSD Performance Numbers @ TechwareLabs
- PNY XLR8 Pro 480GB SSD @ SSD Review
- Comay Venus Pro 3 240GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Silicon Power Velox V60 120 GB and Transcend SSD720 128 GB SSD @ X-bit Labs
- Runcore Rocket Air SSD Review - A 256GB Blade SSD Upgrade For Mid 2012 Macbooks and Ultras @ SSD Review
- ADATA Premier Pro SP300 24GB mSATA Cache Solid State Drive @ Kitguru
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ eTeknix
- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ circuitREMIX
- Thecus N4100EVO NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- OWC Mercury Electra 3G MAX 960GB Review: 1TB of NAND in 2.5" Form Factor @ AnandTech
- OWC DIY Kit (Data Doubler + SSD) and SuperSlim USB 2.0 External Enclosure Review @ Madshrimps
- QNAP TS-869L @ techPowerUp
- QNAP TS-469 Pro All-in-One NAS @ X-bit Labs
- Lexar JumpDrive S73 16GB USB3 @ Funky Kit
- Synology DS213+ @ techPowerUp
- Seagate 1TB Back Up Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Storage | August 8, 2012 - 02:26 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ssd, plextor, m5 pro, Marvell, marvell 88SS9187, flash memory
Plextor, a company known best for its line of optical drives has announced a new SSD that offers up some impressive performance numbers. The M5 Pro is powered by a Marvell 88SS9187 Monet controller and claims to offer improved data protection and throughput even when the drive is near-full.
Plextor uses 128-bit error correction built into the Marvell controller in addition to a data hold-out algorithm in Plextor’s firmware to ensure that data reads from the flash memory as accurate as possible. Further, the drive offers up AES 256-bit full drive encryption to protect your data from prying eyes. The company further stated that the drives have undergone “rigorous high-temperature burn-in tests” to ensure reliability. The reliability aspects are the features that the company is touting the most in its press release, but the other half of the coin is performance.
Fortunately, if its numbers turn out to be true, users will not be disappointed. The Marvell controller is putting out some decent performance numbers. The M5 Pro SSD is capable of read and write IOPS of 94,000 and 86,000 respectively. Further, it can deliver a claimed 540 MB/s sequential read and 450 MB/s write operations. Not bad for Marvell at all!
According to Kathy Huynh, Product Marketing Manager for Plextor:
““In recent years, Plextor has been able to develop SSDs that deliver high real-world performance and sustained speed over the long-term. Our SSDs have one of the lowest annual failure rate in the consumer SSD industry. Now with the M5 Pro, we aim to use Plextor’s abilities to offer extreme data protection and give users total confidence in every single aspect of their drive.”
The new M5 Pro solid state drives will come with a five year warranty and will be available later this month. You will be able to pick up an M5 Pro in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB capacities, though there is no word yet on how much they will cost. You can find more information in the company’s press release.
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