REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Plextor M6e will most likely be the first consumer retail native PCIe M.2 SSD to have mass market effect. Release is set for Q2 2014 butprice has not yet been set. The M6e eliminates the SATA 3 bottleneck which is a step in the right direction, but things don’t stop there. With LSI working on their SF3700 1.8GB/s flash controller, and Marvel fine tuning their 88SS9293 1.5GB/s Altaplus controller, PCIe X2 SSDs just may be a second thought sooner than later as PCIe X4 takes the stage. Expect much more on this at Computex 2014 in June.
As much as moving into the age of 4K media will require transfer speeds in the area of 1.4GB/s for compilation and editing, the Plextor M6e native PCIe M.2 SSD will be a more than welcome SSD for the vast majority of media professionals who realize the faster transfer speeds equate to higher productivity and revenue. The other way to look at it might also be faster transfer speeds equate to getting the job done quicker and more time to enjoy the things we love most.
There is a side of Plextor that we really haven’t addressed as of yet, and that is that they are one of the few companies that don’t run around looking for the best price on the best parts. Plextor, Marvell, and Toshiba have been very happy partners for years now and this provides a great opportunity for Plextor firmware engineers to put out the highest performing and longest lasting product possible. This is also why Plextor has a five-year warranty, something that remains extremely rare for SSDs. Come to think about it, Plextor is probably one of, if not the top SSD, for customer satisfaction as so few failures result, once again, from their insistence on remaining with a solid controller and a solid memory manufacturer.
We believe Plextor is deserving of our Innovation Award for the M6e as they went above simply throwing together a PCIe M.2 solution. They manufactured a very well-built, high performing product with a 5 year warranty, and made available a separate solution that includes a M.2 to PCIe adapter available for maximum compatibility.