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Plextor M6 family performance @ Cebit

Nothing shows the difference in performance between two products quite like a side by side comparison. Here at CeBIT 2014, KitGuru goes one stage further.

So what is ‘stage further’ than a side-by-side?  You may well ask.

Plextor’s latest M6 SSD technology, being compared against itself, with 3 different interfaces.

Interesting.

This drive will be available as a :-

  1. Traditional 2.5″ unit
  2. PCI-Express card
  3. PCI-Express ‘push in’ module

You can find the ‘Push In’ sockets on the Asrock FX990 Fatal1ty board today and, rumour has it, Intel’s next-gen Z97 chipset products in the very near future. You can see the socket ’empty’ and ‘populated’ here.

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The following shots show the kind of performance gap you can expect when SSD manufacturers port a design like the M6 from one kin dof PCI-Express interface to the next. This is the first time we have seen this kind of comparison for a drive which Plextor engineers claim a sequential read speed of 520MB/sec in a standard 2.5″ housing with a SATA connection.

Check closely and you will see that the actual memory module on the PCI Express card (right) is almost identical to the ‘tick’ on the left.

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KitGuru says: Even if the ‘pure PCI Express’ is a tad quicker, there’s something inherently sexy about the push in version that makes us desire it more. Would you really notice a real world difference of 16MB/sec one you’re past 700MB/sec overall?

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