Today we are looking at a new mSATA drive from Plextor – the 128GB M5M. Diminutive mSATA drives are without doubt a growing market, adopted in many laptop computers today. As we have seen in recent desktop motherboard reviews on Kitguru many manufacturers are now including a mSATA slot, an ideal solution for a fast boot drive.
Solid State Drive prices have been steadily decreasing in the last year and replacing a mechanical drive is without doubt one of the best upgrades you could contemplate.
We test mSATA drives with an Aleratec MiniPCIe mSATA to SATA SSD Adapter as many of the current desktop motherboards use an mSATA connector which will be limited to SATA 3.0Gbps speeds.
After all, we are here today to test the raw performance of the ADATA XPG SX300, not a motherboard connector.
Plextor rate their M5M specifications are up to 540MB/s read and 320MB/s write. The larger 256GB model gets a speed boost with write speeds rated up to 430 MB/s.
One of the main talking points will be the very competitive price – only £93.74 inc vat from SCAN.