Plextor, a leading producer of digital storage devices, is announcing launch of its new M6S solid-state drive (SSD). The M6S replaces the top-selling M5S, and boasts improvements in every aspect of the drive. The most popular capacity, the 128GB model, features write speeds that are a 50% improvement over the M5S, and is housed in a slimmer 7mm form factor to allow it to also fit into newer generation notebook PCs.
The Plextor M6S offers sequential read speeds of up to 520 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 440 MB/s, with random 4K read and write speeds of up to an impressive 94,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS, respectively. As far as power efficiency, the M6S allows users to realize a power savings of 30-50% over the M5S. In DEVSLP (device sleep) mode, the M6S’s power requirements drop to a miserly 2 mW.
According to Yaping Zheng, Product Manager at Plextor, “The new M6S gives desktop and notebook users the ultimate system upgrade. Its combination of speed and efficiency makes it an ideal replacement for a hard drive. By installing an M6S rather than a traditional hard drive, Windows 7 boots in a quarter of the time, applications start quickly, and saving and loading become almost instant. Our tests even show that notebook users can gain an extra 30 minutes of battery time by using an M6S.”
Plextor’s M6S is built around Marvell’s latest server-grade SS9188 NAND controller and Toshiba high-speed toggle NAND flash memory. These are combined with “secret sauce” exclusive firmware developed by Plextor’s own in-house elite team of engineers. Also featured is a new and improved version of Plextor’s proprietary True Speed technology, adding to long-term performance stability and enhancing effective multitasking.
The M6S supports TRIM commands, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring functions, and NCQ. Every Plextor SSD is subjected to a strenuous testing regimen that simulates real-world use and an extended burn-in period to create a totally stable storage device. Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is stated as 1,500,000 hours. Plextor is backing the M6S to the tune of a three-year warranty.
Plextor will be offering the M6S in capacities of 128GB and 256GB that will be available this month, with a 512GB version to be available in Q2 2014. The M6S product page can be viewed here; and the M6S press release can be viewed in its entirety here.