Plextor M6S 256GB SSD Review

System Configuration and Performance Testing

Testing Hardware:

  • Gigabyte GA-Z97-SOC Force Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5 4670K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2400MHz Memory
  • OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive
  • Custom Water Cooling
  • In Win GRone Case
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply
  • EVGA Nvidia GTX 760 Graphic Card

Testing Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Anvil’s Storage Utilities
  • HD Tune Pro
  • PCMark 8 Pro

Performance Testing

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”

With ATTO we get a rough baseline of the drive’s expected performance. I recorded a sequential read performance of 519 MB/s and a sequential write performance of 450 MB/s in ATTO. Write performance exceed that specifications provided by Plextor.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”

CrystalDiskMark gives us a good view of single threaded sequential read performance. The Marvell 88SS9188 controller is quite capable when matched with the toggle-mode Toshiba flash memory.

AS SSD

“Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD’s access time.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive’s behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data’s compressibility.”

The results from AS SSD are quite good. In the send set we see the drive’s ability to write three different file types, all of which are 1GB in size. Not only do the results show the drive’s speed in MB/s, it also shows the time required. The drive is still able to write 1 GB in under 5 seconds in all 3 of the latter tests.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

“Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and writer performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive. The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).”

“Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide you with a simple means of assessing the read and writer performance of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive. The benchmark tool helps you monitor and check the response time of your unit as well as view the system information collected using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).”

0-Fill Compressible Data

Incompressible Data

The M6S performs consistently with most common file types. This should result in a high level of customer satisfaction, no matter what the task.

HD Tune Pro

“HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.”

The test results for HD Tune Pro are almost exactly what was expected. Access times and CPU usage were very low.

PCMark 8

“Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.”

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The PCMark 8 Storage bandwidth score of 260.44 MB/s is among the highest of the SATA drives we have tested so far.

 

Let’s wrap up the review in the last page.



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