Plextor M3 128GB SSD (PX-128M3) Review
After my System failed i am now back on track and today we are going to have a look at the Plextor M3 128gb SSD.
Plextor Started of as a CD-ROM manufacturer by Shinano Kenshi which is a company headquartered in Japan that primarily manufactures electric motors. In 1989 the first CD-ROM was released and since then Plextor has been a part of the growing PC technology of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BLURAY and since 2010 Plextor also offers the Solid State Drives.
The Plextor M3 128GB SSD
|Form Factor||2.5" Standard|
|Dimensions (W x L x H)||69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm|
|Interface||Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s, Compatible with SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s|
Seq. Read Speed
|up to 510MB/s|
Seq. Write Speed
|up to 210MB/s|
Ran. Read Speed
|Up to 70,000|
Ran. Write Speed
|Up to 50,000|
|DRAM Cache||256MB DDR3|
|Power ECC||48bit per 2KB|
|Wear Leveling||Global Wear Leveling|
|Flash Memory||NAND Flash MLC Type|
|Shock Resistance||1500G, 0.5ms|
|Operating Temperature||0°C ~ 70°C|
The information for the specifications was taken from the Plextor M3 128gb SSD page.
- Five years warranty
- True Speed technology sustained High-performance technology in the real world
- Competence, performance, and testing that goes beyond the laboratory
A look at the PX-128M3
When we turn to the back of the M3 we find the product tag.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
CPU: I7 930
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58a-UD3 (rev 2.0)
Ram: 24 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
To test the M3 I start of with a standard windows Boot up, Then i loaded up Cubase 6.5 and Studio One V2, to check their load times with a basic Project. To finish of i ran one single run with CrystalDiskMark, This is to get a basic view of the max performance of the M3 on my system.
I want to ad that the Gigabyte GA-X58a-UD3 comes with SATA III ports but they performed worse then the Intel SATA II so all tests have been done on SATA II ports with AHCI enabled.
|Test Type||Results SSDnow v+100||Results Plextor M3|
|Windows Boot up||46 Seconds||38 Seconds|
|Cubase start up||28 Seconds||22 Seconds|
|Studio One start up||16 Seconds||11 Seconds|
Well the speed boost is there but its not that much in terms of Boot and start times,I did not expect to se much difference since i am on a SATAII controller, if my system had modern SATA III controller things would have been much more different.
I want to ad that the over all feeling is that the M3 feels much more snappier and the over all system behavior is faster.
CrystalDiskMark SSDnow V+100
I knew that The Plextor M3 would be much faster then the older SSDnow v+100, But some of the score differences are Miles apart. Just look at the 4k QD32.
SSD has become the new standard disk to use as system drive, and for a reason.
For studio use SSD might not be a game breaker but for me the important features Noise free and fast computing is why i recommend SSD for DAW use.
the downside with SSD is the space limitations but for a normal user 128-240gb is more then enough space. A basic thumb rule for a DAW system is to have a Main system drive and at least one Project / sample drive, For the last year i have had 2 drives in my system a SSD and a Storage / project / sample disk without any problems. The Plextor M3 has been my Main drive for about 4 months and with satisfaction, If you are worried about stability i have not had any system crashes from the Plextor M3 and i believe that instable SSD is history.
Plextor has delivered a very impressive SSD with the M3, And even though i was not able to test it with full SATA III support it still is rock solid to use with SATAII. Hard drives used to be the system bottleneck, but SSD´s has changed all that. The only downside with SSD is the MB / price ratio, but iv said it before! SSD will make the system faster and quieter something very important for Studio PC`S .
The Price for the Plextor is set on Newegg to $199.99 it is a bit on the high side but since i have been able to test the drive for a longer time i know its worth the money.
The Plextor M3 128GB has been rock solid something that is very important, and as i said before the M3 impressed me in speed and as all SSD it is quiet.
- Feature proof with SATAIII Support
- A bit pricy
I want to thank Plextor for letting me do this review.
And to my readers… THANK YOU!!!