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
PLEXTOR M6S 256GB PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Plextor M6S 256GB SSD reached a Total Score of 74335 points with a high transfer speed of 400MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center and 6 of the 8 tests resulted in SATA 3 transfer speed results. This result is definitely in the upper tier of our Total Score results as seen here:
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
When we think of SSDs, Plextor enjoys a solid reputation for quality and customer service, many knowing first hand that Plextor SSDs are amongst the most dependable in the business. This is the result of a very solid business practice where, unlike so many other manufacturers, the dollar doesn’t come first when choosing components for their SSDs. Plextor sticks to Marvell and Toshiba and this enables their engineers to fine tune their final product that much more than we might see elsewhere. Perhaps this is why Plextor has not experienced many of the same ‘hiccups’ that other manufacturers have.
The Plextor M6S SSD introduces the Marvell 88SS9188 eight channel controller which, for the most part, seems to be similar to that of the 88SS9189 that we recently looked at in the Micron M550 SSD. Toshiba Toggle Mode memory has always been regarded as amongst the best in the business and strong performance of 521MB/s read, 448MB/s write with 88K IOPS resulted through our own testing. These are strong results, however, we have to wonder if Plextor is holding the best performance for a future release of…say a M6P Xtreme Series??? In any event, we believe higher performance can be achieved to match that of the Crucial M550, albeit the M550 also relies on their own native Write Acceleration.
MSRP pricing comes in at above $1/GB for the 128GB capacity and just below for the 256 and 512GB sizes. These are ‘suggested’ pricing models and we might think they will drop slightly, however, in today’s SSD market, price has become a key contributor to sales success and there are plenty that fall in well below the price of the Plextor M6S. We might think that these prices will have to drop to ensure success of the Plextor M6S SATA 3 SSD.
If reputation and SSD reliability are top priorities in your SSD purchase, we would definitely recommend the Plextor M6S SSD for your PC. Conversely, if you are value conscious, or are looking for the most space for your buck, you might watch pricing of the Plextor M6S SSD closely for a bit to see where it settles.