Average Bench: 86.6% (173rd of 929)

Based on 868 user benchmarks.  Models: PLEXTOR PX-256M5Pro, PLEXTOR PX-256M5P

The Plextor M5 delivers fantastic value for money and sits within easy reach of the top handful of SSD's currently available. The M5's performance favours server type workloads where it takes joint fourth position in the AS-SSD total score benchmark. With a Real World Speed Index of 524.5 it will also cope very well with consumer workloads. Aside from its blistering performance we also like the fact that this drive uses the latest Marvell controller which hasn't suffered any of the reliability issues that plagued some of the early Sandforce based drives. When this drive first hit the shelves in September '12 it was overpriced but since then prices have dropped by nearly 40% making it currently one of top five value for money drives available. [Jun '13 SSDrivePro]

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Very good average bench

The Plextor M5 Pro 256GB averaged just 13.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 27.1MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 27.6MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 42.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 199MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 206MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 868 samples)
Min Avg Max
370 Read 481 516
319 Write 410 436
331 Mixed 433 463
98.4% 442 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 27.1 34.4
34.5 4K Write 62 90.4
13.8 4K Mixed 27.6 39.2
109% 38.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.3 DQ Read 199 360
53.8 DQ Write 206 313
13.6 DQ Mixed 67.3 105
87.8% 157 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
113GB free
Firmware: 1.02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 505
Write 431
Mixed 450
103% 462 MB/s
4K Read 34.2
4K Write 91.6
4K Mixed 39.9
152% 55.3 MB/s
DQ Read 358
DQ Write 318
DQ Mixed 105
142% 260 MB/s
166GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 519
Write 439
Mixed 456
105% 471 MB/s
4K Read 24.4
4K Write 71.3
4K Mixed 30.4
114% 42.1 MB/s
DQ Read 272
DQ Write 212
DQ Mixed 91.4
109% 192 MB/s
140GB free
Firmware: 1.05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 374
Write 334
Mixed 282
73% 330 MB/s
4K Read 25.4
4K Write 50.4
4K Mixed 17.8
88% 31.2 MB/s
DQ Read 30.6
DQ Write 67.3
DQ Mixed 19.2
23% 39 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,222,865 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $211 @ launch in Sep '12
AmazonUS $1002 years
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 3,860 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 89%
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Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO - $158

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $1,128

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 Comments

Controller: Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2. NAND Memory: Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode MLC.

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Faster than my Sandisk 240Gb in games (up to 2 seconds gaps in stages loading). Excellent product, no loss of speed after nearly 3 years of intensive use and many fomating. Plextor definetly took my heart with this one.—Sep '14


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