A custom PC build can be whatever you make it; a ridiculously high-end gaming machine or a modest budget build. Even if you are just looking for an easy upgrade to your current build, the storage device is a perfect place to start. Today we are looking at the Plextor M6V, which is advertised to show off velocity at a value price. Let’s dig in and take a closer look!
WHAT IS A SOLID STATE DRIVE?
If you have never heard of a solid state drive before, or an SSD, then you may be in for shock as to how much time you have wasted waiting on your computer’s hard drive. To briefly explain, a solid state drive is a storage device that is found within your computer and will hold all of your data, including your operating system, pictures, videos and documents. The largest difference between your hard drive and a SSD is the fact that SSD’s increase your system’s speed immensely, never mind that they also come with a bunch of other features that make them far superior to that of a hard drive. If you are interested in learning more, then we encourage you to head over to take a look at our ‘Learning To Run With Flash’ series.
PLEXTOR M6V SSD SPECIFICATIONS
The Plextor M6V is available in three capacities; 128, 256 and 512 GB. All three capacities are capable of sequential read speeds of up to 535 MB/s. In terms of write performance the 128 GB can reach up to 170 MB/s, 256 GB can reach up to 335 MB/s and 512 GB can reach up to 455 MB/s. All three capacities feature Plextor’s 3 year warranty.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
When taking a look at Amazon.com, we can see that drive goes for $65.99, $99.99 and $189.99 as capacity increases respectively. This puts the price per gigabyte at $0.37, placing this drive on the value side and is roughly in line with similarly placed SSDs in the market.
PLEXTOR M6V COMPONENTS
As we have previously discussed, the front of the packaging does lead us towards PlexTubro, but also gives us a quick insight into the contents of the packaging. The backside of the packaging gives more details as to what is inside.
The Plextor M6V features the SMI 2246en controller, which we have seen previously in the PNY Optima, ADATA SP610 and Corsair Force LX. This is very interesting as we have been used to Plextor utilizing Marvell controllers for their SSDs. It seems that Silicon Motion was able to undercut them a bit to get this sale.
When we take a closer look at the PCB, we can see that the Plextor M6V uses Toshiba 15nm MLC Toggle NAND flash (TH58TFG8DDLTA2D) with eight total modules found on only one side. This puts 32GiB of total NAND storage on each module. The DRAM module is located near the controller and is by SK Hynix.