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Plextor PX-128M1S Solid State Drive Review

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Plextor

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup



Standard layout for an SSD.

Double sided PCB, controller on the front, cache memory at the rear.

Marvell '88SS8014-BHP2' controller. 

Code named "Da Vinci".

Samsung flash and 64MB of HYNIX DDR SDRAM.

Testing Methods   

Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world
benchmarks.  PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File
Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases.  If you
have any questions about our tests just drop into the
Storage Forum
 and we'll help you out!   

Test System Setup   

We have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated,
forward thinking machine.  We made some changes to help minimize test
data scatter with higher bandwidth devices.  Sound is flat out disabled,
with no additional card installed.  Video was *intentionally* shifted
to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of
PCI Express cards (like ioDrivesDDRDrives, and high end
RAID cards
).  Spot checks against the previous rig showed a
negligible change in test output.   

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and
BFG for supplying some of the components of our test rig.   

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel
Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT disabled)
Motherboard Asus
Memory Corsair
Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600
Hard Drive G.Skill
Sound Card N/A
Video Card BFG Geforce 8400 GS
Video Drivers Geforce
Power Supply Corsair
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows
XP X64 SP2 

Windows 7 X64 (for TRIM testing)

  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune   

  • PCPer File Copy Test

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