Plextor Shows Off New PCIe SSD along with M.2 and New Enterprise Solutions – CES 2014 Update

If you are a fan of the SSD Review, you may remember our review of the new IO-Switch Raijin a short time ago, an SSD solution that consisted of a PCIe Card along with Marvell’s new and unreleased M6e PCIe M.2 SSD.  Plextor must have taken a liking to this design (or maybe it was vice versa) as they introduce a very similar solution this morning at CES, named the Plextor PCIe HHHL SSD.

Plextor HHHL PCIe Card SSD 3x5

PLEXTOR M6E PCIE M.2 SSD

This SSD will contain a PCIe Gen 2×2 interface and the SSD itself will contain boot files which will make it compatible with just about any Mac or PC system with an open PCIe slot.  The HHHL contains the Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD as we can see in this closer look:

Plextor M6e M.2 SSD

The Plextor M6e will be available in late Q2 2014 and in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB.  It has performance specifications of 770MB/s read and 625MB/s write with 105K read IOPS and 100K write IOPS at low 4k aligned disk access. A quick check of our original M6e SSD report will demonstrate typical speeds that we might see in the 256GB capacity.

PLEXTOR M.2 SATA 280 SSD

There will also be a SATA M.2 version of the M6e and performance is listed at 520MB/s read and 410MB/s right with a high of 78K read IOPS.  This solution will only be available in 128 and 256GB capacities.

Plextor M.2 SATA SSD

PLEXTOR M6 PRO CONSUMER SSD

Next up, Plextor is just about ready to release the M6 Pro and this is going to be available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB, using Toshibas newest 19nm NAND flash memory.  Specs are listed at 540MB/s read and 460MB/s write with up to 101K read IOPS at low 4K aligned disk access.

Plextor M6 Pro SSD

NEW ENTERPRISE FAMILY

Although Plextor/Lite-On has been very active on the business side of things such as automobile flash components for some time, they have never really entered the enterprise realm and they are setting to change that in 2014.   First up is the LCT-N9S which is available in capacities of 60 to 960GB as seen here:

Plextor 960GB Enterprise SSD

Not much is being revealed at this time but this SSD will have exclusive firmware that results in consistent low latency performance, will use Toshiba’s latest advanced 19nm MLC memory and will have end to end data protection.

Next up is the LCT-NAS which is an advanced grade enterprise SSD and uses eMLC NAND flash memory.  It will be available in capacities of 100-800GB, has end to end data protection, power loss protection, exclusive firmware which has consistent low latency performance and this drive is rated at 3 drive writes per day.

Plextor Enterprise SSD

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Any idea on the pricing, or when the M6 Pro would be released? Their M5 Pro Xtreme still remains on the higher priced side of things. Also, I am trying to figure out what the real difference is between the M5 Pro xtreme and this.

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The difference is going to memory and pricing is a hard quote to make for anyone at tech events these days as it fluctuates so quickly.

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I like Plextors new warranty label system. If the M.2 SSD unit is even removed from the socket the warranty is void as the tape is designed to crack apart rather easily on any movement. Slick.

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WE have seen this previously in a few other ultras and I am not really impressed with it. This takes the opportunity for the consumer to upgrade the SSD away.

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Meh, what would the benefit be of upgrading the ssd on this? The PCIe board with an mpcie connection couldn’t cost much. I’m sure you’ll be able to buy these types of devices unpopulated soon anyway.

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The benefit of this comes to the multitude of media professionals that can now double their data transfer speeds.

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I know there is a huge benefit of upgrading “to this”. What I was talking about is what’s the point of removing the ssd from the pcie board, thus removing the sticker and voiding the warranty, and upgrading the ssd itself. I just don’t see the need to upgrade the ssd on this board is all. Also when you get to the point of wanting to upgrade the warranty will probably not mean much at that point.

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Oh sorry….long CES nights agree totally.

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It’s all good. I can’t wait for some of these latest enterprise ssd’s to hit the market.