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Computex: Plextor SSD goes from Fast to Furious

Plextor has always been about quality and durability when it comes to storage. In the past it was always about media readers for disks and CDs, but over the last several years they have expanded to SSD's, under the ‘PLDS' (Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions) umbrella. That's all good, but that's history. Plextor is pushing forward. KitGuru pulls on a pair of in-line skates and hitches a ride.

Having global brands like Philips as your big brother can't do anyone any harm. Not that Plextor is lightweight by any means. They grew hand-in-hand with Sony, making devices that could read CD's when no other device could even recognise that the same CD was in the drive.

They have embraced the Marvell 88SS9187 chips, combined with TLC (Triple-level cell) NAND-based flash memory and enhanced them with rock solid firmware ensuring read/write speeds of up to 540/470 MB/s and random read write of 100,000/88,000 IOPS.

While Plextor is not the only SSD to use the Marvell chipsets and TLC-NAND, they do compliment them with a solid plus in firmware if you want a good SSD investment.


KitGuru says: Well received by technology sites and customers across Europe over the past 12 months of so, it now seems that Plextor has its eye on more of a leadership position going forward. With a solid R&D push, this should be interesting – we recommend you watch this space.

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