Plextor's Upcoming M8Pe M.2 SSD Previewed at Computer Base

Subject: Storage | August 1, 2016 - 03:14 PM |
Tagged: M8PeG, ssd, solid state drive, preview, plextor, nand, M8Pe, M.2, CES 2016, M8PeY

Plextor announced their first M.2 SSD at CES 2016, and now the M8Pe series is officially set for a release this month. Computer Base (German language) had a chance to preview the new drive, and supplied a detailed look at the M.2 version (this is model M8PeG, and the version with a riser card is M8PeY).

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The Plextor M8PeG SSD (Image credit: Computer Base)

Even the M.2 form-factor version of the SSD includes a heatsink, which Plextor warns creates incompatibility with notebooks as the M8PeG is 4.79 mm in height with the heatsink in place.

Specifications for the drives are as follows:

  Plextor M8PeG Plextor M8PeY
Controller Marvell 88SS1093 (8-Channel)
DRAM 512MB LPDDR3 (1024MB variant)
Capacity 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
NAND Toshiba 15nm Toggle 2.0 MLC
Form Factor M.2 (80 mm) PCIe card (HH, HL)
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4
Warranty 5 years

So what did Computer Base have to report with their hands-on preview of the new drive? Here's their CrystalDiskMark result:

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(Image credit: Computer Base)

Naturally we'll have to wait for a full-scale AllynReview™ to get a better idea of performance in all situations, but until then it's good to know we'll soon have another option to consider in the M.2 SSD market. As to pricing, we don't have anything just yet.

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The M8Pe SSD lineup (Image credit: Computer Base)

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August 1, 2016 | 04:07 PM - Posted by Zabojnik

Release the Allyn!

August 1, 2016 | 05:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Let me guess: its going to be very fast but stupidly expensive, like every other SSD that's ever been released

August 1, 2016 | 05:45 PM - Posted by zipzeolocke

Anxious to hear about pricing for comparison to the Intel 750, 950 Pro and the OCZ!

August 2, 2016 | 10:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Honestly, this looks similar in specs to last years NVMe models. I would expect prices similar or slightly less than the 950 pro.

Personally, I just need the 960 pro to hit the shelves already!

August 2, 2016 | 12:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The real question is: how long is it? I would love to be able to plop a PCIe m.2 drive in my motherboard but it'll only take 60mm ones and every PCIe based on that I see is 80mm.

August 2, 2016 | 12:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

nevermind.. I are moron, yet another 80mm one.. blast!

August 2, 2016 | 12:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

nevermind.. I are moron, yet another 80mm one.. blast!

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