Average Bench: 84.4% - 119th / 836

Based on 436 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 15.5% 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 26.8MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 26.1MB/s
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Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB is 44.2%. 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 189MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 193MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 436 samples)
Min Avg Max
357 Read 479 512
285 Write 403 433
282 Mixed 426 460
97.2% 436 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.1 4K Read 26.8 34.8
33.3 4K Write 60.4 91.3
12.4 4K Mixed 26.1 39.7
106% 37.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.9 DQ Read 189 376
45.3 DQ Write 193 323
12.6 DQ Mixed 64.4 105
83.2% 149 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
27GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 501
Write 431
Mixed 444
102% 459 MB/s
4K Read 31.4
4K Write 77.7
4K Mixed 38.3
138% 49.1 MB/s
DQ Read 331
DQ Write 238
DQ Mixed 93.7
122% 221 MB/s
202GB free
Firmware: 1.05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 496
Write 425
Mixed 446
102% 456 MB/s
4K Read 30.7
4K Write 90.1
4K Mixed 40.1
146% 53.6 MB/s
DQ Read 33.7
DQ Write 317
DQ Mixed 93
96% 148 MB/s
198GB free
Firmware: 1.03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 480
Write 422
Mixed 445
100% 449 MB/s
4K Read 24.8
4K Write 47.6
4K Mixed 19.1
87% 30.5 MB/s
DQ Read 321
DQ Write 260
DQ Mixed 95.6
125% 225 MB/s
106GB free
Firmware: 1.03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 335
Write 303
Mixed 320
71% 319 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 37.4
4K Mixed 13.6
72% 24.7 MB/s
DQ Read 24.8
DQ Write 64.9
DQ Mixed 14.2
20% 34.6 MB/s

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AmazonUS $99.9918 months ago.
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 7,977 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 26%
Raft

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $750

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

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8 months ago.

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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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Good

12 months ago.

Plextor is a very skilled SSD maker!


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12 months ago.

Fast and 5 year warranty


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