PLEXTOR M6E PCIE GEN 2 X2 M.2 SSD
The Plextor M6e is the only native PCIe M.2 SSD that is available for purchase in the consumer retail chain right now. We like the way that Plextor has marketed it as they include a PCIe Gen2 adapter card so this M.2 SSD will function in older systems as well as new, still allowing full PCIe x2 performance regardless of the system or age.
It is also the only native PCIe M.2 SSD that contains its own boot files, this being evident when you install it and turn your system on as a Plextor bios initiates before the system bios, making this SSD bootable. For today’s testing, we will be connecting the M.2 SSD directly to the Extreme6 and not using the adapter whatsoever.
Once again, performance is relatively the same as original testing, even after a great deal of use with the Plextor M6e.
The Plextor M6e definitely breaks that SATA bottleneck but it would sure be nice to see higher low 4k random write scores; these again being consistent with previous tests.
The PCMark Total Score of 82190 is consistent with the drive in use and we can see a top speed of 507MB/s while testing in Media Center. As we follow through in out tests, the initial throughput difference between the drives really doesn’t seem to be drastic, however, different tests definitely separate PCIe x4 from x2 throughput.