Plextor 128GB M5M mSATA SSD Review

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IOMeter is another open source synthetic benchmarking tool which is able to simulate the various loads placed on hard drive and solid state drive technology.

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We test with both random read and write 4k tests, as shown above. There are many ways to measure the IOPS performance of a Solid State Drive, so our results will often vary between the manufacturer’s quoted ratings.

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Performance results in our tests are good although they fall short of the Plextor claims (80k read and 76k write). That said, every manufacturer has a slightly different way to achieve these figures.

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  • Joe

    Sadly my motherboard hasn’t got an mSATA slot as this would be awesome for a boot drive, and it wouldn’t really take up any physical space inside the case.

    Are all motherboards currently limited to SATA 3Gbps on their mSATA slots? probably still fast enough for a boot drive, but you would like to be sure you are getting the full 6Gbps.?

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  • Andi

    good review, nice to see you doing the tests the right way, rather than plug into a mSATA enabled motherboard.

    I bought an mSATA drive and it is indeed limited to around 270-280MB.s in my gigabyte board. still works ok as a boot drive, but the design of many boards now is sharing the mSATA slot with a standard SATA port. its not a great idea for performance. hopefully the next generation of motherboards sort this out.

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  • Topperfalkon

    great price on this one. last time I looked they were more than twice the price of a SATA drive.

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  • Rt23ds

    How can you tell if a laptop has one of these mSATA ports?

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  • Fat bloke with beard

    Finally, a good review of this drive. I was contemplating it for a few weeks now but wanted more information and testing of the drive, rather than the limited mSATA port on most motherboards. I have a server board which offers the full speed on the mSATA port. I will be picking a few of these up. thanks for the review big HELP!

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  • Dennis

    Well this is good to see. I have a slot on my board and didn’t even notice it until I read this review. might pick one up

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