Plextor M10P 2TB Gen4 NVMe SSD Review – A Rock Star with Unheard of Small File Transfer Speeds

PCMARK 10 FULL SYSTEM STORAGE BENCHMARK

PCMark 10 Storage Benchmarks produce an overall score as a measure of drive performance. Comparing devices is as simple as comparing scores. The tests also measure and report the bandwidth and average access time performance for the drive. Each test uses traces recorded while performing real-world tasks such as booting Windows 10, starting applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, working with applications such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and copying several large files and many small files.

In doing a comparison of other drives that we have tested on this Intel Test Bench, we can see that the Plextor M10P Gen4 NVMe SSD placed right in behind the Intel Optane P5800x and well ahead of the Seagate Firecuda 530 and Phison sample E18/B47R SSDs.  This was totally unexpected and says tons about the performance of the M10P in true testing environments.

PCMARK 10 QUICK SYSTEM STORAGE BENCHMARK

The Quick System Drive Benchmark is a subset of the Full test and is more representative of typical daily usage to show what would be expected regarding hybrid SSD performance on a day-to-day basis.

Once again, the Plextor M10P Gen4 NVMe SSD bettered that of both the Seagate Firecuda 530 and our sample Phison E18/B47R SSD.

TRUE DATA TESTING THE PLEXTOR M10P GEN4 NVME SSD

For our True Data Testing, we simply loaded 15GB video, music, photo and OS files onto the Plextor M10P Gen 4 NVMe SSD and copied the data to a new folder on that same disk.

This result is, quite frankly, stunning and we actually had to debate whether the Plextor should grab top spot over the Intel P5800x.  Nothing…nothing has ever moved OS data as fast as this SSD by a long shot.  The Plextor M10P bettered small file transfer of even the P5800x by a half a minute!  We actually deleted the new folder, shut the system down for 10 minutes and repeated the test with the same result.

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

If there was ever a time to stress that synthetic benchmarks are just that, this would be it.  The amusing part (well not really) is that synthetic benchmarks are the norm for determining the performance of consumer SSDs.  You may believe that you are getting a PCIe 4.0 SSD capable of speeds of 7GB/s, or a PCIe 3.0 SSD that might reach 3.5GB/s, but the reality is that you would be lucky to ever reach that performance and at best, it would be less than .05% of your total PC use.  The Plextor M10P kind of does away with synthetic performance comparisons while it does something rather special above the top dogs in the industry.

The Plextor M10P gives us rock solid performance in PCMark 10 Full and Quick Storage Testing making child’s play of all but the Intel Optane P5800X.  And then it goes a step further.  It moves data in our True Data testing better than all others but the Optane, however, its ability to transfer small 4K OS files is unheard of, even surpassing that of the Optane.  Given the fact that it does match it’s listed specs and it does come with a 5-year warranty, this SSD is a rock star but for one thing; it is not available in North America just yet and even their website only identifies Asian and European online sales.  Come on KIOXIA!

I guess all that can be said at days end is… Glad we got one in our hands! It is pure gold.

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Plextor M10P PCIe4 NVMe SSD Ratings

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5-Year Warranty

Incredible Small File Transfer Speeds

The Plextor M10P NVMe Gen4 SSD is a 7GB/s SSD with a unique ability to transfer small files faster than other SSDs. It has a 5-year warranty but North American availability is not confirmed just yet. If you can find one...buy it!

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User Rating: 4.65 ( 1 votes)

One comment

  1. Good to see Plextor back in the game, and in a big way. I remember like it was yesterday when Plextor for years had the best SSD’s around, fast, and stable. Then Samsung came along with more frequent very good product releases. I am still using a Plextor PX-128M2P’s in one of my older work stations, it has well over 30 thousand of power on hours, and runs like new. When I am ready for a new 1.4 nvme drive the M10p will be on at the top of my buying list.

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