Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD Review – RAID Tested at 1.4GB/s

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.

Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD With Adapter

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.

Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 512 GB SSD Angled

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.

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Review Overview

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Performance
Adaptability and Installation
Warranty

Breaks the SATA Barrier!

The Plextor M6e native PCIe X2 M.2 SSD breaks the SATA barrier by reaching performance of 760MB/s, and better, yet, includes a 5 year warranty and adapter that makes the m6e compatibile with any PC with an open PCIe X4 slot.

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iCrunch

Great review, thanks! I have a quick question: How would you quantify the “real world” performance gain of a PCIe x4 SSD over a PCIe x2?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Transfer speeds. PCIe X4 will be the stuff used to edit and compile high end 4K video whereas X2 will do just about everything else. For now, the only step up is X2.

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dzezik

why are You so excited with useless RAID0 setup. it only increase stream read/write.Are You only copying big files from one disk to another. that is Your main task for computers? RAID0 also increase failure probability. Try RAID1 ti is more secure and gives boost for random IO reads (depends on RAID controller), random IO read is weakest area for SSD. RAID1 also makes Your data more secure. Please remember RAID0 is not RAID is antithesis of RAID. It is not redundant (R). Who uses RAID0 for keeping data, this is only test setup, no one is using it at… Read more »

Bernd
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Bernd

Nice review, thanks.I ma planning to buy such a SSD but i would ike to use it externally like a bigger and better USB stick, does anybody know if such external enclosures are planned, or is it technically not practicable(the speed limit over usb 3.0 doesn’t hinder me)?

Les@TheSSDReview
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There isn’t a USB enclosure that I am aware of just yet but I might watch MyDigitalSSD as they will probably be the first. There are, however, several PCIe adater cards and we have done an article in such in our M.2/NGFF section.

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jp1wc1

you could buy a m.2/ngff to sata 2.5 inch enclosure and then purchase a sata to usb adapter. like this http://www.microsatacables.com/ngff-m-2-ssd-to-sata-adapter-with-case also search on ebay and amazon.

Les@TheSSDReview
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I don’t understand why you would do that. The purpose of introducing PCIe is to get the higher performance we see outside the barriers of SATA. One needs to find either an X2 or X4 PCIe adapter, much as we have used in our reports.

Actually….when you doing the comparison to USB 3.0, I see where you are coming from.

Rod Bland
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There will be an external USB 3.0 enclosure on the market in early June designed to accept PCIe M.2 SSD’s. Stay tuned on that one.

Calvin
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Calvin

Why the CrystalDisk shows it is SATA 3. Thanks

Les@TheSSDReview
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The same shows on their own test as well and it is undoubtedly the reason of this being such a new technology.

Kubo90
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Kubo90

Hi, I have a question. Why Plextool shows speed: 6Gb/s (SATA 3), when the M2 interface has a speed 10 Gb / s, even if it is in the PCI-e!

Les@TheSSDReview
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It is a matter of technology advancing to quickly to cover all the bases. They will update soone enough I am sure.