Plextor M5M mSATA SSD Review (256GB) – The M5M Displays Incredible PCMark Performance


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA SSD ASU Incompressible

ASU transfer speeds are a bit lower than expected but IOPS remained very impressive. The overall score of 3815 isn’t bad considering our test data is comprised of 100% incompressible files.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The Plextor M5M sailed through Vantage HDD Suite testing with a high score of 73181 points and a high transfer speed of 437MB/s while ‘Importing Pictures to Windows Gallery’. This score is the highest we have had from a mSATA SSD to date and six of the eight tests resulted in high SATA 3 transfer speeds above 300MB/s.

Vantage Scoring

The Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA SSD is the top SSD result to date when testing in PCMark Vantage and, in fact, is the fifth highest SATA 3 SSD that we have tested overall. Although these results reflect ONLY Vantage Total Point scoring, we find that these results mimic most others typically:

TSSDR Vantage mSATA Chart


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    Thank you for the review! I know it’ll be an unfair comparison but I was wondering if we can compare this mSATA SSD to a Samsung 840 Pro since it’s in the same price range :).

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    “Although the total RAW memory totals 256GB, and this is the advertised capacity, formatting of the M5M does leave the user with a total of 238GB of available storage space”
    You mean 258GiB?

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      No. I mean GB (gigabytes). Every now and then someone always seems to throw in this same curve which is pretty simple to understand. The total available storage space is 238GB (gigabytes) and can be easily observed by looking at any of the benchmarks that reflect storage space. GiB has absolutely no space in the consumer arena and, actually, should flat out be done away with as it draws a line of confusion that really isn’t necessary. Why lose the understanding of the typical person though right? Thanks for taking the time to read our reports though…appreciated.

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        I believe it is actually 238GiB formatted capacity. Windows Explorer of course will say that the capacity of the volume is 238GB but it’s a lie because if you convert 250GB into the units of GiB, then it is 238GiB unless it’s a coincidence that formating reduces capacity to 238GB from 250GB.
        Microsoft should really fix Explorer so there won’t be any more confusion, like by using base 10 since there units are base 10.

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        man what u askin ? that’s been decades that drives has less size after installing and formatting .. this is old school mate

        Base10 Base2 Base10 Base2
        36GB 34.3GB 160GB 152.6GB
        40GB 38.1GB 200GB 190.7GB
        73GB 69.6GB 250GB 238.4GB
        80GB 76.3GB 300GB 286.1GB
        100GB 95.4GB 500GB 476.8GB
        120GB 114.4GB 750GB 715.3GB
        146GB 139.2GB 1000GB 953.7GB

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        Yes it has less size after formatting and it looks like your conversions from base 10 to base 2 are correct.

        But before formatting, a 1TB drive will have more than 953GiB of total storage and more than 1TB of storage. After formatting it’ll have 1TB or 953GiB of storage.

        The advertised storage of a hard drive is the storage space available after formatting.

        A volume that has 1MB of storage, will have 1.048576MB of storage before formatting, according to the disclaimer on WD’s site. At least I think that is what they mean.

        As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

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        Hi yeah bcos partitioning takes some space MBR or GPT
        And now days win 8 takes even more there is some MB for recovery partition then EFi partition 100MB

        for 1TB is 953,674 MB and windows output is 931 GB

        here is good expl.

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    Thanks for the review. I just got one of these because it was the only one sold at my local MSY in Canberra. They’re $239 here in Australia, and worth every cent. I can now use those valuable drive bays in my laptop for storage and have this tiny form factor OS drive. Pity it’s only SATA2 on board though and requires a convertor to get the SATA 3 speeds. I’m sure I won’t notice the difference.

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      Defo there will be notice .. depend what u will be doing .. if u have only SATA II then u should buy cheapest msata or normal SATA II SSD tho

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    Hi Les,

    I have a Lenovo Y580, with a 64GB caching SSD and 1 TB 5400 HDD. Planning to replace the SSD with bigger volume one for the OS and photo editing programs like Lightroom and Capture NX2, and perhaps might put in a 7200 HDD for storage.

    Of course I want speed, but I also would like stability, reliability. As far as volumes is concerned, my preference goes out to a 480GB mSata module, but perhaps a 240GB / 256GB might also do.

    Money is not an issue up to 512 GB, so what would you recommend in terms of stability (i.o.w. best for data lost protection), Crucial M4 256 / Crucial M500 480GB / Plextor 256 GB / Intel xxx, and still have reasonable speeds?



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    I just got 2×256 of these nice SSDs .. waiting for SATA adapter to connect second and will be creating RAID 0
    Will be lightning speed !

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