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Plextor M5 Pro 128GB review: fastest SSD currently around

The fastest SSD we have ever tested

The Plextor M5 Pro 128GB is the fastest 120/128 GB SSD that we've ever tested. It set new records in PCMark Vantage, PCMark7 and AS SSD. Generally speaking, this SSD is faster than any SandForce-based models, faster than any Marvell 88SS9174-based models, faster than the Samsung SSD 830 and even a bit faster than the OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB that’s built around the same chip. Add to that five years of warranty and a fitting package (bracket and data migration software) and we can easily conclude that the Plextor M5 Pro is the ultimate SSD currently on the market.

There is a new series of high-end SSDs on the market, called the Plextor M5 Pro. Hardware.Info tested the 128 GB model to find out how it compares to other current SSDs. See also: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB hard disk review: extremely fast 7200 rpm hard drive.

The Plextor M5 Pro is built around the same controller that can be found in the impressive OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs. The latter were thought to have a new Indilinx Everest 2 controller, but it turns out these are actually manufactured by Marvell, known for making high-quality and reliable SSD controllers. The Plextor M5 SSD is equipped with the new Marvell 88SS9187 controller, successor to the 88SS9174 which you can find in dozens of SSDs.

In addition to the new controller, the flash memory is also new. The M5 Pro has flash chips made with 19 nm transistors manufactured by Toshiba. The 128 GB version of the SSD has 256 MB cache, the 256 GB model has 512 MB and the 512 GB model has 768 MB cache.

The Plextor M5 Pro 128GB is the fastest 120/128 GB SSD that Hardware.Info ever tested. It set new records in PCMark Vantage, PCMark7 and AS SSD. Generally speaking, this SSD is faster than any SandForce-based models, faster than any Marvell 88SS9174-based models, faster than the Samsung SSD 830 and even a bit faster than the OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB that’s built around the same chip.

Add to that five years of warranty and a fitting package (installation bracket and data migration software) and it can easily be concluded that the Plextor M5 Pro is the ultimate SSD currently on the market. Read the full review on Hardware.Info for more details.

Plextor M5 Pro

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