Plextor M5 Pro SSD Review (256GB)

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Plextor M5 Pro Anvil

Once again, very high Total Score are reflected in Anvil Storage Utilities, even though the IOPS count has dropped just a bit.  In the case of Anvil, the score is the product of consistently high transfer speeds, IOPS as well as disk access times (Resp. Time).

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

PLEXTOR M5 PRO SSD PCMARK VANTAGE SCORING

The Plextor M5 Pro attained a high Vantage Total Point Score of 67352 points with a high transfer speed of 369 MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center.  very encouraging for the M5 Pro is the fact that SATA 3 speeds were reached in six of the eight tests as seen here:

M5 Vantage

Although the M5 Pro did not place in our top 25 of PCMark Vantage Total Point Scoring, we thought it important to display a cross section of SSDs that had similar results:

Vantage Cross Section

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Those writes are a bit “meh” for such modern controller when a 2 year old, very simple SandForce SF-2281 blows them away.

If you want the absolute best, 840 Pro. If bang for the buck, SandForce. 🙂

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you’re outta your mind when you try to compare Marvell to Sandforce.

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And why exactly is that? I do realize this new Marvell controller is superior to SF, however, it still doesn’t change the fact that those sequintal writes are “meh” at this time and date and that the SF-2281 blows them away. Period on that.

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your SF goes “meh” when it comes to incompressible data

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You can close compression on SandForce to boost it’s incompressible performance, which renders it slower under other conditions, but still.

My point was that, this drive DOES have “meh” sequintal writes and that’s a fact. When the MDX Tri-Core Samsung’s blow this thing away, I see no point in buying into this drive.

As I said before, if you want the BEST SSD, get the 840 Pro. If not, then there’s nothing wrong with SandForce as they’re still great and very fast SSD’s. And are MUCH better bang for the buck than this drive.

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You are currently showing this as slower than the (unnamed specific capacity, but it is) 512GB Samsung 840 Pro. While comparing different capacities is not really fair, I wonder if the benchmarks really say anything beyond the specific system. Take these numbers e.g. ( ) for the M5P, showing higher speeds than the 840P/512 for the plextor in the 4K section, while being lower in the 64Thrd scenario, which in your tests really seems to be its strong point. So what I mean to say: Even when there are differences of more than 10%, do they really say anything about… Read more »

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You are absolutely correct. Different equipment, chipsets, drivers, and even optimizations will result in a different performance standard. The important thing for any test environment to tackle is to ensure that all testing is exactly the same where a comparison from one solid-state drive to another can be drawn. For example, you will find higher 4k write performance scores from other websites because they optimize their CPU settings. We believe this specific optimization is too difficult for the common user and want to ensure that our scores reflect what they are able to achieve in their own testing. Simply put,… Read more »

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