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

AS SSD COPY BENCHMARK TESTING

The AS SSD Copy Benchmark is probably the closest ‘true to life’ test available in any of the synthetic benchmark tests available today.  It simply takes three different files, an .ISO, a program and a game and moves these from one part of the SSD to another, monitoring the time taken to transfer and maximum transfer speed reached.  For our purposes today, our charts will reflect first the time taken for the transfer, and then the maximum transfer speed.  AS well, RAID and single SSD testing will be combined.

ASSD Copy Benchmark Transfer Speeds

Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 512GB SSD AS SSD Copy BenchRAID Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 512GB SSD AS SSD Copy BenchWhen you look closely at the identification of the above tests, you will notice the right listed as a Lite-On 256GB sample.  This is actually the RAID setup where both 512GB and 256GB Plextor M6e SSDs are used, AS SSD still identifying each individually as easily confirmed through the ISO transfer speed which is above that of any single Plextor M6e.  Most impressive below is the Samsung RAID result of 1284MB/s as a transfer speed with a total transfer time of 0.84sec.

AS SSD Copy Benchmark Times

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

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 application

TOTAL SCORE

PCMark Vantage Top Scores

PLEXTOR M6E TRANSFER SPEEDS

Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 512GB GB SSD PCMark Vantage

PLEXTOR M6E RAID TRANSFER SPEEDS

RAID Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 256GBx2 SSD PCMark Vantage

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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.

dzezik
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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.