REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
This year is supposed to see the overall acceptance of the M.2, or NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), to provide for a uniform and general adaption of ‘mSATA type’ SSDs as a whole. Right now we have the older mini-PCIe SSD, mSATA SSD, two different but similar sizes of blade SSDs, a larger blade SSD used in the MacBook Pro and, while we are onto Apple products, different configured Mac blade SSDs for different years of product. Apparently, Apple believed they could curb third party manufacture/sales and have the consumer pay upwards in the area of $1000 for a simple upgrade where the original SSD wasn’t even returned.
Luckily, our SSD needs remain constrained to our present hardware and retail mSATA sales are still geared to upgrading the consumer into the world of SSDs. The Plextor M5M SSD is a perfect candidate for that and one of the best mSATA SSDs we have tested to date. With incompressible data transfer performance of 534MB/s read and 436MB/s write, along with the added support of read and write IOPS over the 65,000 mark, topping the charts in Vantage HDD testing seems natural.
Plextor’s solid reputation, standard warranty of three years, availability and price point make the M5M a ‘must have’ for those that have to have one of the best SSDs on the market for the best price. The Plextor M5m 6Gbps mSATA SSD is awarded with our Editors Choice Award.