Subject: General Tech, Storage | September 4, 2012 - 06:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ssd, plextor, deal of the day
Today's deal comes from TigerDirect and will allow you jump on the SSD bandwagon for a more than reasonable price. How does a 256GB Plextor M5 series SSD for just $195 with free shipping sound?
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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Subject: Storage | August 29, 2011 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plextor, PX-LB950UE, bluray, external drive
That isn't the case anymore as you can pick up the Plextor PX-LB950UE for $220 and plug it in externally to burn single or dual layer Blu-ray disks, as well as DVDs. With both USB 3.0 and eSATA connections you should have no trouble with compatibility and you will want the fast transfer rates due to the volume of data that Blu-ray can handle. Unfortunately PCStats could not get the Plextor to play back the movie that they were using for testing, no matter what software they tried to use to play it. A diagnostic showed nothing wrong with the disk nor with the player and a Google search showed that many people have similar problems with a wide variety of disks and players. They did have a very early version of the firmware; perhaps an updated version will resolve that particular problem. Certainly something to keep in mind before picking up this external drive.
"In recent weeks the talk of the town has been a sleek black external 12x Blu-ray WRITER from the folks at Plextor. The Plextor PX-LB950UE connects via USB 3.0 or eSATA cables and is capable of burning single layer Blu-ray Disk (BD) media at 12x, double layer BD media at 8x and DVD-R media at 16x speeds. In addition, it supports the playback of Blu-ray 3D movie titles. The bonus to going the Blu-ray writer route, is that BD-R media is even more useful than DVD media for archiving MASSIVE amounts of data."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Battle of the SATA 3.0 Controllers @ Techgage
- Apacer Handy Steno AH130 USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- HornetTek Slipper U3 External Dock @ Bjorn3D
- Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
- Synology DS110J NAS @ XSReviews
- ineo 3.5? USB3.0 External Enclosure Review @ TechwareLabs
- Corsair Force 3 vs. Force GT 120 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD w/ SF-2282 & Toshiba Toggle @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Force Series 3 - 240GB SSD @ HardwareHeaven
- Plextor PX-M2 128GB SSD @ Hardwareoverclock
- Crucial M4 256GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Crucial M4 SSD Firmware Update (0009) Posted - Tests Display Definite Performance Increase @ The SSD Review
- Runcore T50 mSATA SATA 3 (SF-2281) EXCLUSIVE Review - The Worlds First 6Gbps mSATA SSD Hits The Streets @ The SSD Review
Subject: Storage | June 6, 2011 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plextor, network attached storage, NAS, external drive
There once was a time, when dinosaurs like Compaq ruled the earth, when there was only one choice for the true enthusiast when buying a CD burner. Plextor was by far the most reliable choice in a time when CDs were more sensitive to external vibrations than a fine souffle. Things have changed a great deal since then and the looks you get when you ask how many sheep your burner has can be quite amusing. This has left Plextor looking for alternative revenue sources and the area they have chosen is NAS devices. The new Plextor PX-NAS4 has impressive stats but it is competing against heavy hitters like Drobo. Think Computer tries out this ~$400 NAS device and contrasts its features and controls with similarly priced competitors offerings in their latest storage review.
"Plextor introduced the PX-NAS4 quad-bay network attached storage device late last year to augment its PX-NAS2 dual-bay device and break into a market with larger storage needs. The dual gigabit Ethernet PX-NAS4 can house up to 8 TB of storage in several RAID configurations and sports volume encryption and low power consumption among other standard enterprise and business features. ThinkComputers takes a look, and finds that while the PX-NAS4 provides the basic features, it leaves something to be desired for users with more. Read on for the review."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review @ Madshrimps
- MUKii TransImp X3 Plus Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OCIA
- Buffalo Linkstation Pro Quad review @ The Inquirer
- RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-230StU3-G 2.5" USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs
- Patriot Javelin S4 NAS Server Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ TechwareLabs
- Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB External USB 3.0 Drive Review @ Real World Labs
- Patriot LX Pro 32GB SDHC @ Overclockers Online
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked @ TechARP
- The Best Budget & Enthusiast-Level SSDs @ Techspot
- OCZ Agility 3 SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut
- Silicon Power V20 Series 120GB SSD @ OCAU
- Corsair Force Series F40 SATA II SSD Review @Hi Tech Legion