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The body is metal alloy top and bottom, with a smooth beveled edge around the perimeter of the body that adds a silvery sparkle to the SSD.

More than likely this means all firmware updates can be done without even opening up the computer. The bottom of the drive is held in place with four screws and the lack of warranty voiding stickers should let those curious see what the insides are like without throwing away the three-year coverage. After removing Plextor PX-128M2S SSD bottom cover we see a 1. For the buyer, nothing about this is bad or good, since the drive operates and functions like any other would.

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On the manufacturing side it can help lower costs, since they only have to swap out the drive's connector to let this design work in other form-factors. On the bottom of the circuit board you can make out four dark Plextor PX-128M2S SSD on the bottom NAND pieces, which are from small thermal pads stuck to the inside of the body. These help draw heat away from the circuit board during operation. While we work out the final kinks on our two new testing platforms, we still rely on this "older" Intel ICH10R 3. For most users this means that the drive should still offer great performance in systems not designed around the newer interface, and offer even more speed if you have the right equipment. In this next section we move from sequential to random transfers using IOMeter.


We still keep the same 2MB transfer size though. In both areas the drive stayed at the back of the Plextor PX-128M2S SSD, although we weren't terribly surprised given the fewer internal memory channels from the smaller capacity.


Plextor was rather conservative with its claimed 4K random transfer speeds, listing 6, or 9, write depending on the capacity and 15, read for all sizes. Our findings are listed below, with a tested queue depth of 1. The Plextor PX-128M2S SSD semi-alarming detail we found while testing the Plextor PX-M2 was its abnormally high max response time.


Average write latency times didn't indicate any abnormalities, so it could just be a fluke with our particular review sample. Real-World Benchmarks If you are new to StorageReview, one thing we try to focus on is how any given drive might perform under real-world conditions. For the average user, trying to translate random 4K write speeds into an everyday situation is pretty difficult. It helps when comparing drives in every setting possible, but it doesn't exactly work out into faster everyday usage or better game loading times. For this reason we turned to our StorageMark traces, which include HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming benchmarks to help readers find out how a drive might perform under their conditions.

The first real-life test is our HTPC scenario. In this test we include: In this trace we recorded 2,MB being written to the drive and 1,MB being read. Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a productivity scenario. For all intents and purposes this Plextor PX-128M2S SSD shows drive performance under normal daily activity for most users.

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In this trace we recorded 4,MB being written to the drive and 2,MB being read. Our third real-life test covers disk activity in a gaming environment. The trace captures the heavy read activity Plextor PX-128M2S SSD each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses.

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In this Plextor PX-128M2S SSD we recorded MB being written to the drive and 7,MB being read. If you are looking for a drive that can perform well in a scenario with plenty of read-only traffic, most of the current generation drives will group together very closely. This test shows that every single drive being tested scored the same on the 3. Opening it up to 6. The fact that it was able to stay so close to the current crop of next-gen SSDs though is note-worthy in itself. Power Consumption One trend we have seen as SSDs mature through the generations is improved power consumption levels across the board, especially when looking at idle performance. With SSDs, the huge advantage is compared to a hard drive, they can complete the tasks on hand faster, and get back to a almost off state much quicker.

For many users this can play out as increased battery life. Plextor lists the operating power requirements of the M2 as 0. Idle power consumption though was right on the mark, measuring in at 0. Plextor PX-128M2S SSD

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This is matched by all major SSD vendors on the market today. While the first generation wasn't exactly topping our charts, it offered strong performance and a very good price. This second generation SSD is looking to replicate that model, by offering mainstream performance for a modest pricetag. To make the deal sweeter and try to adopt customers, Plextor is offering Acronis True Image to buyers to gracefully Plextor PX-128M2S SSD between drives with as little downtime as possible. This method has also been seen by Plextor PX-128M2S SSD with most models sold including everything users need to upgrade drives, although Plextor doesn't go as far as including the external USB enclosure.

Overall the Plextor M2 offers a very solid value with its mix of mid-level performance, good starting price, and ease of upgrade. Can this second generation SSD drive hold its own in a crowded drives, but here it is with its first SATA 6Gbps drive, the Plextor PXM2S. Plextor PXMS SSD GB. Plextor GB SSD M2 Review It's part of the M2 range and is known fully as the Plextor PXM2S.

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