Our friends over at Hardware.Info just came into some pictures and specifications of a new Plextor PCIe SSD, which will reportedly be called the M6e Black Edition. It is anticipated that it will be unveiled and/or launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas next week. The original M6e was basically a green PCB, while the Black Edition will come shrouded in an attractive red and black casing.
The M6e Black Edition will utilize a Marvell 88SS9183 controller paired with Toshiba synchronous NAND (process geometry has not yet been specified). It will communicate via a pair of PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, but will use an AHCI interface as it does not yet support the newer NVM Express protocol. The image of the M6e Black Edition with the cover separated shows both a 15-pin SATA connector, as well as a 2-pin connector at the center rear for a separate cable to power an LED that changes color under load.The leaked specifications table indicates that the Black Edition will be offered in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. As far as performance, the specs are nearly identical to those of the original M6e. Sequential read speeds are shown as 770MB/s for all capacities. Sequential write speeds vary by capacity, with the 128GB at 335MB/s, the 256GB at 580MB/s and the 512GB at 625MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are shown as 96,000 IOPS for the 128GB version, and 105,000 IOPS for the 256GB and 512GB versions. Random 4K write speeds are shown as 83,000 IOPS for the 128GB, and 100,000 IOPS for the 256GB and 512GB models.
Also, Plextor has reportedly updated the PlexTurbo software to a version 2.0, which is able to utilize more system memory to (supposedly) accelerate certain performance aspects. Plextor reportedly will be backing the M6e Black Edition with a five-year warranty.
TheSSDReview will be in attendance at CES 2015 next week, and we will definitely be on the lookout for the Plextor M6e Black Edition, and will report what we find as this and other discoveries emerge. The included images and specs table are reproduced courtesy of Hardware.Info. You can take a peek at Hardware.Info’s coverage of the leak here.