Plextor M6S 256GB SSD Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:51am

Plextor M6S 256GB SSD


Plextor got their start in 1989, releasing their first CD-ROM drive. Plextor’s optical quickly earned a reputation for speed and reliability. When Solid State Drives entered the market, Plextor decided to release enter that market as well. Since then, Plextor has become one of the most popular brands of SSD’s on the market. Plextor’s latest released into the mainstream line is the M6S.

The M6S replaces the M5S, a drive that is highly regarded. The new M6S offers speeds up to 520 MB/s read and 420 MB/s. This is only a modest performance increase over it’s predecessor, which was already quite quick. The M6S 256GB makes use of the Marvell 88SS9188 controller, 512MB of DDR3, and toggle-mode Toshiba flash memory to get the job done. That is the drive we will be taking a look at today.

Plextor's take on the M6S

The Plextor M6S is an extremely efficient SSD, capable of reaching 94,000 / 80,000 IOPS* on random read and write, as well as 520 / 440 MB/s* speeds on sequential read and write. Compared to the previous generation the write speed of the M6S 128 GB model has increased by an incredible 50%. The M6S' performance blows any traditional hard drive out of the water and translates into greater improvements in boot times, application execution, gaming experiences, and overall system responsiveness.

Built for the Real World

The M6S SSD incorporates the latest Marvell dual-core controller 88SS9188, bringing with it the dual benefit of boosted performance as well as lowered power consumption. The M6S can help you greatly reduce the boot-up and shut-down times, launch applications on the fly, and feel at ease opening and saving large files.

Under the same operating environment, the power consumption of M6S has decreased by 30% to 50% compared to the previous generation's M5S. When compared to traditional 7200RPM hard disk drives, it gives your notebook up to 30 minutes of extra battery life, giving increased flexibility and peace of mind when on the go.

The M6S's control chips and flash memory are made of semiconductor components, unlike the rotary platters, arms and read-write heads of traditional hard disk drives.  This makes the M6S shockproof, shatterproof, and lightweight, making ideal storage media for office professionals on the move!

Best Choice for Workstation and Everyday Users

The M6S also includes Plextor's own exclusive True Speed technology to guarantee consistent performance when working with all data types, no matter how long the SSD has been in use. The M6S supercharges your efficiency when working with audio, video, and multi-media content. Compared to traditional HDD, M6S saves 50% to 80% processing time on document processing, graphic design, animation design, and game playing.

Plextor High Quality

Plextor's M6S uses the highest level F paired with the latest Marvell 88SS9188 dual-core server-grade controller chip, giving the M6S unrivaled performance. During high-speed read/write operations the M6S can continue to meet the data needs of multiple applications allowing it to maintain high performance and efficiency in even in heavy multi-tasking environments.

With reliability being one of Plextor's key cornerstones, you can be sure the M6S can stand the test of time. Manufactured with the most advanced testing methods and rigorous protocols, each and every M6S SSD is designed to deliver the best in quality.

Plextor SSDs must go through multiple layers of strict reliability tests before it can enter mass production. 465 pre-production units of SSDs are tested simultaneously in continuous 576 hour tests. Running these extended large-scale parallel tests ensures high reliability in read-write operations for end users.

We use FLEXSTAR® testing systems, the industry's best test chambers, to simulate the conditions of various real work environments so that PLEXTOR SSDs can maintain the highest operation quality and stability under all kinds of harsh environments and operating conditions.

Our commitment to excellent quality including using top class components and undertaking rigorous testing allows PLEXTOR to provide a 3 year warranty. Users may contact the technical support center at any time, to ask product-related technical questions, or rapidly make arrangements for repair or replacement through our integrated distribution services network, providing them with the complete reassurance and support of a full SSD warranty service experience.


Specifications are up next.