REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
There is a consistent that you will find in every Plextor SSD, in that, their partnership with Marvell for their SSD controller supplier and Toshiba for their memory is as strong as oak. With that comes the engineering expertise to fine tune your product, as they have with the 1.02 firmware, and provide more to the customer without the price premium. In fact, Plextor went a step further to provide the opportunity to update your M5 Pro with the new firmware, in order to bring it more in line with the M5 Pro Xtreme.
Performance for the M5Pro Xtreme was very similar to the M5Pro, however, there were hints of things to come when we started seeing small, but recognizable, boosts in the key metrics such as low 4k random write performance. This should have been a good indicator of the PCMark Vantage result to come, but we were surprised nevertheless. Performance of the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD is excellent and this is a top tier SSD.
Availability is a given as the M5 Pro Xtreme is already available and price, well we were impressed that the M5 Pro Xtreme was found cheaper than the M5 Pro and, better yet, that it was found at under $1/GB. Don’t get me wrong when I say that it could be a bit lower because Plextor has made available a top level SSD to the consumer and many will say that it is worth every penny. The simple fact is that we are finding so many similar SSDs these days floating at, or just above, the $200 mark that we might suggest to Plextor that prices come down just a bit.
Last but not least, the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme has earned a solid recommendation as one of the better SSDs we have tested to date, an SSD that can definitely be spoken of as a top tier SSD and has earned our Gold Seal.