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Plextor M6e Black Edition SSD Review (256GB) – Back in Black!

TSSDR TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

SSD testing at TSSDR differs slightly, depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs.  For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch.  We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.

Sean Webster Test Bench Z97 Water 3.0SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to those who jumped in specifically to help the cause.  Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock for the motherboard and CPU and be quiet! for the PSU and cooling fans. Also, a big thank you to Thermaltake for the case and Kingston for the RAM. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate of our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any single component.  As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase through our links!

PC CHASSIS:Thermaltake Urban T81
MOTHERBOARD:ASRock Z97 Extreme6
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K
CPU COOLER:Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate
POWER SUPPLY:be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
SYSTEM COOLING:be quiet! Silent Wings 2
GRAPHICS CARD: MSI GTX 660 Ti PE OC
MEMORY:Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, PCMark 8, and PCMark Vantage. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER. 6.2.2

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

M6e Black Edition 256GB CDI

Starting off we can see that in Crystal Disk Info that both the TRIM and NCQ features are listed. The firmware revision is v1.05, the standard M6e is only up to v1.04 now. There is not a working temperature value, which is a bit disappointing to see, but there are host read and write counters that do work.

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.47

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

M6e Black Edition 256GB ATTO

Our first benchmark ATTO reveals results that are a bit unexpected. Sequential reads max out around 720MB/s, which is quite a bit less than the rated 770MB/s. However, writes reach 580MB/s no problem. Let’s continue and see what our other benchmarks show.

  • Kellz

    I like the asthetics of this and wondered if the XP941 would work as it normally does (G2 X4) if the drives were swapped?

    • The drive in this adapter is not a PCIe 2×4, but rather 2×2. We can check this out in the next week or so when it is being reviewed for Tech X.

      • Kellz

        Awesome. Would love to find out as I’m thinking about purchasing the 128GB model just for the adaptor/housing. I’m also waiting to see how the Kingston HyperX Predator version stacks up.

  • Ethos Evoss

    Awesome!

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