Average Bench: 84.4% (121st of 848)

Based on 465 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

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 192MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 465 samples)
Min Avg Max
357 Read 479 512
278 Write 403 433
285 Mixed 426 460
97.1% 436 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.1 4K Read 26.8 34.7
33.3 4K Write 60.5 91.1
12.3 4K Mixed 26.1 39.7
106% 37.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.9 DQ Read 189 376
45.3 DQ Write 192 322
12.6 DQ Mixed 64.3 105
83% 148 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
86GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 489
Write 422
Mixed 440
100% 451 MB/s
4K Read 25.5
4K Write 75.1
4K Mixed 36.1
125% 45.6 MB/s
DQ Read 370
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 99.5
140% 260 MB/s
98GB free
Firmware: 1.05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 494
Write 430
Mixed 453
102% 459 MB/s
4K Read 30.4
4K Write 64.8
4K Mixed 18.8
104% 38 MB/s
DQ Read 30.5
DQ Write 265
DQ Mixed 18.2
52% 105 MB/s
10GB free
Firmware: 1.02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 483
Write 423
Mixed 453
101% 453 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 47.9
4K Mixed 16.6
84% 29.8 MB/s
DQ Read 258
DQ Write 208
DQ Mixed 16.2
71% 161 MB/s
191GB 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 420
Mixed 457
101% 452 MB/s
4K Read 18.8
4K Write 24.5
4K Mixed 12.1
57% 18.5 MB/s
DQ Read 24.1
DQ Write 39.6
DQ Mixed 11.5
14% 25.1 MB/s
87GB free
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 491
Write 417
Mixed 444
100% 451 MB/s
4K Read 16.1
4K Write 25.8
4K Mixed 10.2
51% 17.4 MB/s
DQ Read 44.8
DQ Write 80
DQ Mixed 26.8
30% 50.5 MB/s
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AmazonUS $99.9919 months ago.
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Typical M5 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 3,787 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $839

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 Comments

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

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Liked

10 months ago.

Comment 

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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2 years ago.


Good

13 months ago.

Plextor is a very skilled SSD maker!


Good

13 months ago.

Fast and 5 year warranty


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